I confess- I don’t get it. Two Australian DJs’ played a stupid prank that no one thought would have ever tricked anyone. In fact, I am willing to bet, half the impetus, bravado, humor behind the prank call was just to see how quickly they would be hung up upon.
Somehow, Mel Greig and Michael Christian managed the impossible and found someone at that hospital to fall for it. Yuck yuck. It’s stupid, its ‘childish, it’s not even remotely surprising that someone tried to prank call the hospital where Kate Middleton was being treated. It’s a little surprising that a busy nurse got duped, but really- it’s no big faulking deal.
And then something even more impossible to predict happened. That nurse killed herself.
It’s bizarre, it’s not understandable. Such a reaction is so outrageously disproportionate that it is unfathomable. It’s sad, it’s tragic in an unexplainable way. It’s unnecessary and a sad loss of life.
But it’s not the DJs’ fault.
Sorry. Its not.
The vitriol, outrage and reactions (such as firing these DJs, death threats, saying they have blood on their hands, etc… ) is as pathetically disproportionate to the act as suicide is to being humiliated at work. It make less sense than killing yourself because you got tricked by a couple of people with Australian accents pretending to be Charles and the Queen.
I mean really- when would Charles and the queen even be in the same room to telephone anyone? Someone else does their telephoning for Christ sakes. Anyone with common sense would know that. But this poor nurse was an immigrant, and so of course she should have been cut some slack. Plus with Kate in the hospital I bet it was a mass chaotic zoo of furious activity . The mistake should have been, and appeared to have been forgiven by all.
The DJs? Snarky buffoons- sure? Blood on their hands- really, people?
Lance and I had a brief discussion about it, wondering if the hospital administration had- upon learning of the hoax- reacted disproportionately, suspended, or berated her in some way. But in my mind, even a public firing (which as far as we know did not happen) would not give rise to a suicide reaction.
Yes it was all stupid and so sadly senseless. It boggles our minds that this woman, Jacintha Saldaha, would react to her very public mistake this way, and that is why we can’t stop wondering about it. Because we don’t understand.
But not every tragedy calls for a scapegoat, people. Put your damn pitchforks and brooms down- this isn’t a witch hunt.
No one should be fired for the stunt. No one should be burned at the stake.
It’s a sad happening that is unexplainable. Get over it and let these people who remain in the immediate wake of the tragedy try to get through it the best they can.
It’s human nature to search for answers. It’s human idiocy to find any “reason” at the sacrifice of logic and common sense.
Hanging the DJ, or calling for the hanging of the DJs, is as disproportionately outrageous as killing yourself because you were duped.