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What Can We Learn From The Tragic Prank Call That A Couple Of Australian DJs Made To Kate Middleton’s Nurse?

Submitted by on December 10, 2012 – 1:15 pmOne Comment

Some prank calls are funny; others, not so much. But, then there’s the prank call that a couple of Australian radio DJs made to a nurse named Jacintha Saldanha who was taking care of Kate Middleton that went, horribly, horribly wrong last week. And, it points out a problem that’s taking place in society right now. People are going to greater lengths than ever before to try and be funny—and, at times, they’re taking things too far and ruining peoples’ lives.

If you haven’t heard by now, Saldanha fell for a prank call from Australian radio DJs Mel Greig and Michael Christian last week in which the DJs pretended to be Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles trying to get in touch with Middleton. They did accents and reportedly sounded so much like the Queen and Prince that Saldanha connected them to another nurse who updated the pair on the status of Middleton, who was in the hospital for complications stemming from her pregnancy. That nurse talked to Greig and Christian about how Middleton was doing, a clear breach on patient confidentiality. However, the hospital learned about the hoax later and were alerted to the fact that Saldanha had patched the radio DJs through to the second nurse. And, as a result, Saldanha was so devastated that she committed suicide.

So, we have to ask: Was it worth it? The prank that Greig and Christian pulled was hardly criminal. We’ve heard od radio DJs doing way worse. But, at the same time, their actions point out a problem. Radio DJs are pulling stunts like this all the time. And, for what? Half the time, the pranks aren’t really all that funny. They’re an easy way to fill a few minutes of time and, every now and then, one turns out to be gold. But, for the most part, the pranks are cruel, stupid, and just plain not funny.

So, we hope that what happened to Saldanha serves as a wake-up call for all of those radio DJs out there who think prank calls like this are a good idea. They don’t just humiliate people anymore. As we just learned, they can also change the way that people look at life and cause them to take drastic measures. So, how about cutting it out, guys? Find another prank to perform. Because, frankly, prank calls just aren’t funny anymore. And, what just happened to Jacintha Saldanha proves that pranks like this are no laughing matter.

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