Please allow me to begin this with a disclaimer. In my senior year of college, I was in an Upper East Side bar, when DJ Mark Samone, took advantage of the then Delta Airline add, “Delta is ready when you are.”
He said he wanted a plane to land in the middle of First Avenue. Of course you could hear everyone laughing. The Delta agent just got annoyed (rightfully so) and said, “You’re not funny.”
It’s hard enough with publicity in the British Royal family. The nurse who took the call, Jacintha Saldhana committed suicide after the prank call by the Australian DJ’s.
OK, the prank was stupid like the call to the Delta Airline’s agent all those years ago. Probably bad business though to do this to the British Royal Family. How can you predict a suicide? This is not the idea of shouting fire in a crowded theater. You cannot possibly know someone will commit suicide?
Or can you? We are sure going to find out through the investigation what happened and you can bet the nurse’s background is going to be torn to pieces. What else was in her background that led her to this and was this the last straw.
No, the DJ’s shouldn’t be tarred and feather. Decades ago, I would have thought this was funny. I feel terrible for them, because there is no undoing this. Michael Christian and Mel Greig need help and understanding as well. At least they have consciousnesses. They could have blown it off with “It’s only a prank.”
I have friends in both Australia and the United Kingdom. I would like to get their take on this.
You can bet DJ’s will be more careful. This was a heck of a social science experiment. What have we learned so far? Actions have reactions and possible consequences.
- Royal hoax DJs ‘heartbroken’ over nurse’s death (worldnews.nbcnews.com)
- Prank DJs May Face Probe in Kate Middleton Nurse Death (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Video: Dj’s Behind Royal Hospital Prank Give First Interview After Nurse’s Tragic Death (madnewsuk.com)
- Kate Middleton’s Nurse’s Family Speaks On Suicide: We’re ‘Devastated’ (hollywoodlife.com)
- Sydney DJs did not cause this London nurse’s death (thepunch.com.au)