'Fame Daddy' Launches the World's First Celebrity Sperm Bank
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If you've always dreamed of having a baby with a celebrity, here's your chance -- for a price! A new U.K.-based company is now offering sperm from celebrities, hoping to attract women who are willing to pay extra for genes from "proven winners."
Calling itself a "premium insemination service" that offers "bespoke treatment to women looking for celebrated high achievers who have achieved excellence in a range of fields including sport, entertainment and business," Fame Daddy's fees will start at £15,000 (US $24,187).
Depending on how you look at it, this may seem a bit of an opportunistic idea that only deepens reproductive commodification further, but given natural biological imperatives and the celebrity-crazed nature of our society, there will certainly be people who will buy it.
There's been some hype already via Twitter and the talk show circuit, but Fame Daddy isn't fully operational and has yet to receive a license; the company hopes to launch next February. Its website features several (rather vague) sample donor profiles of an athlete worth £4.5 million, a successful tech entrepreneur, an Oscar-winning actor, a "multi-platinum" rock star and a genius.
Fame Daddy's CEO Dan Richards says that they have registered 40 "possible donors" so far -- but has yet to actually collect samples.
According to The Week, there are also some legal hurdles too facing Fame Daddy's aim to keep their famous donors anonymous, saying that the "harsh reality of human fertility laws means the company looks doomed to fail even before it begins":
Fame Daddy cannot, as it claims, guarantee anonymity to its donors. A law introduced in the UK in 2005 amid much controversy ended the right to anonymity of sperm and egg donors. As the law stands today, any child born using donated sperm or eggs has the legal right to contact their father or mother when they reach the age of 18.
This may be problematic, with some even pointing out that this may be an elaborate scam; nevertheless, if this venture does pan out, there will potentially be a large cohort of kids looking for their famous dads -- ultimately adding more grist to the tabloid mills.
What do you think about this celebrity sperm bank?
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