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One of two interviews they did this weekend with Aussie TV about the Kate Middleton phone hoax that may or may not have led to a nurse’s suicide. More than two-thirds of Australians say they’re blameless for what happened, but their show’s been canceled, the police are pondering an investigation, and the two of them are allegedly “receiving medical assistance amid growing fears for their ‘physical and emotional wellbeing’.” Their remorse is obviously heartfelt; maybe the clip will shrink the lynch mob a bit. Or maybe not: In the Internet age, there are no tragedies, just victims and oppressors who need to be taught a lesson. What’s the lesson again here?

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Maybe the lesson is to not try a prank like that. I mean they obviously couldn’t have known she would kill herself, but she could have easily gotten fired or suspended from her job because of what they did. They should have considered that.

HeroesforGhosts on December 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Please.

Pranking is not the epitome of humor. It’s the same mindset as picking on someone. It’s a classless act perpetrated by those who have never outgrown adolescence. It’s the same as insulting someone and then expecting a “Just kidding!” to wipe away the insult.

Mitoch55 on December 10, 2012 at 9:57 AM

What’s the lesson again here?

Deliberately interfering in the lives of others has consequences. No sympathy for these idiots who had a choice and they made a bad one. They victimized an innocent person because they think that kind of crap is funny. They can’t even satisfactorily explain WHY they thought it would be funny to troll the hospital in the first place? Why can’t Kate Middleton or anybody else go to the hospital without it becoming the spur for idiotic pranks?

cicerone on December 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM

It was a dumb prank, but I don’t think they should be held responsible for her suicide. That was her choice, and I find it hard to believe there weren’t other underlying mental health issues present.

changer1701 on December 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

It was a dumb prank, but I don’t think they should be held responsible for her suicide. That was her choice, and I find it hard to believe there weren’t other underlying mental health issues present.

changer1701 on December 10, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Did you have the same viewpoint when the homosexual student committed suicide after his roommate released a video of him? After all, a prank is a prank is a prank.

Mitoch55 on December 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

The nature & risk of pranks is that they end up going terribly wrong. The pranksters likely sought a thrill of not knowing what the consequences might be. Although they aren’t responsible for the nurse’s death, I suppose they wish they could take their actions back.

22044 on December 10, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Heart breaking,I posted the Prank,when it first came out,
and now its snow balled into a mess all a round!

And,the nurse must have had other issues in her life that
might of contributed to her snapping,just a guess!

canopfor on December 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

The pranksters likely sought a thrill of not knowing what the consequences might be. Although they aren’t responsible for the nurse’s death, I suppose they wish they could take their actions back.

To hear them tell it, it wasn’t even about pranking the hospital. It was essentially an excuse to imitate the queen’s voice with their terrible accents and see what the reaction would be.

Allahpundit on December 10, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Did you have the same viewpoint when the homosexual student committed suicide after his roommate released a video of him? After all, a prank is a prank is a prank.

Mitoch55 on December 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I didn’t say a prank is just a prank…this was dumb, while the incident you referenced was both dumb, criminal, and irresponsible. It’s not all fun and games when they can have serious consequences. But do the individuals in question not bear the responsibility for taking their own life? I don’t believe people who are right mentally fling themselves off bridges due to embarrassment.

changer1701 on December 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Heres the Prank Call,and my comment
before sh*t hit the fan!
=========================

From DownUnder,……enjoy!!!

Audio: Australian radio DJs impersonate The Queen and Prince Charles in call to Duchess of Cambridge nurse – @perthnow

8 mins ago from http://www.perthnow.com.au by editor
=================================================

2Day FM duo impersonates the Queen
The Daily Telegraph
December 05, 2012 11:31AM
**************************

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/national/day-fm-duo-impersonate-queen/story-fndo4gtr-1226530546575

canopfor on December 5, 2012 at 6:54 AM

canopfor on December 10, 2012 at 10:30 AM

But do the individuals in question not bear the responsibility for taking their own life?

To expand on that thought, if the DJs here are morally culpable in the nurse’s suicide, isn’t Terry Jones morally culpable for what jihadis do in rage after he burns a Koran? Unlike the DJs, Jones is actually *trying* to get a reaction; when an embassy burns in response to his Koran stunts, he points to it as proof of how vicious Islam is. The DJs didn’t contemplate anything similarly destructive happening here. They were in it for a harmless goof.

I don’t blame Jones because I refuse to exempt jihadis from their own moral choices.

Allahpundit on December 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The Associated Press ‏@AP

AP VIDEO: Australian radio hosts behind hoax phone call to UK hospital say any role in death is ‘gut-wrenching’ http://apne.ws/YTKub8 -RAS
==============

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6bqBeAxv0Y&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on December 10, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I think it’s more likely the nurse’s boss lit into her fairly hard for letting such calls go through. Better some silly DJs than someone wanting to do real harm. So I wouldn’t blame them. Although that time of humor is getting old.

MechanicalBill on December 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Type not time. My phone hates me.

MechanicalBill on December 10, 2012 at 10:49 AM

I think it’s more likely the nurse’s boss lit into her fairly hard for letting such calls go through. Better some silly DJs than someone wanting to do real harm. So I wouldn’t blame them. Although that time of humor is getting old.

MechanicalBill on December 10, 2012 at 10:46 AM

MechanicalBill:This popped up,a hour ago!:)
===========================================

More: King Edward VII hospital says radio station did not speak to anyone in hospital’s senior management or media relations – @SkyNewsBreak

3 hours ago by editor

canopfor on December 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Maybe the lesson is to not try a prank like that.

Maybe the lesson is the train your effing staff better. Screw the hospital. It’s their fault.

Pranks are great fun if civil boundaries are respected. No damage to clothing, cars, property, etc. No bone-chilling insults or threats or otherwise. No faking death or horror, etc. Especially important for my employees: you may prank me but if you delay work your butt is mine.

Brits love to mock the rest of the world-citizens attempts at British accents. We all love to try, apparently even Aussies.

Allahpundit is spot on. These two are culpable but blameless if that nuance is even detectable.

A family member of mine works for a nationally-syndicated morning zoo show. You have no clue the ideas that get tossed around that don’t make it on air.

Perhaps the faint of heart should live in a world without mass communication or fun.

The nurse was unstable before this, obviously. Perhaps she was vindictive enough to leave a stain on the Earth as she left. That might sound harsh but these two DJs are stuck with the stigma. Maybe we need to take a tougher look in that hospital and the nurse’s life.

Capitalist Hog on December 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

there are no tragedies, just victims and oppressors who need to be taught a lesson.

Nicely put.

This lady sadly decided to end her life and the public’s first reaction is to lynch someone else.

It’s the grievance desire schtick that got Barky re-elected. There’s something sub-optimal in your life so SOMEONE MUST ANSWER FOR IT. For the lynch mob it’s these two nobody DJs from a convict country on the other side of the world. For Barky voters its those Millionaires and Billionaires who in fact are neither but whatever.

CorporatePiggy on December 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Feeding someone pot brownies is not a prank. It’s a crime. Also, don’t eat brownies handed to you by some stupid looking hippie wannabe.

not that anybody asked or anything

Capitalist Hog on December 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

I don’t feel sorry for these two, though I tend to go along with some comments above to the extent that they may not be responsible, per se, for the act of suicide of the nurse.

But these two were completely rude and thoughtless in their behaviour and conduct. They gloated over “getting” the nurses and the hospital with their prank and about being able to successfully invade the privacy of a patient.

If you read some stories around this event, you will find that just two or three weeks ago Mr. Christian (what a misnomer is his surname!) drove passengers on a private tour with Rhianna to the point of “mutiny” with his antics on the aircraft. Specifically, his incessant harmonica playing drove everyone mad. He refused to stop regardless of the requests on the passengers and then gloated (see a pattern?) about it via Twitter and Internet. His plan to fame obviously involves trampling over the feelings and sensibilities of others, ignoring even the most basic of courtesy and decency toward his fellow humans.

The hospital, its nurses and Kate Middleton were simple cobblestones on his path to fame. That his actions (and those of his partner) bothered the feelings and careers of others mattered not a whit to either of them.

So now it “went bad” and so he feels “gutted”.

As if the feelings of others ever mattered even a shred to him.

I hope he continues to feel this way for a good long time. Perhaps he will develop some decency, courtesy and a shred of conscience.

Blaise on December 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Fake remorse. It went on like a switch then turned off again when the “it was not our fault” lines came out.

jlemieu1 on December 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

A little too late in the day, don’t you think so, mates?

tommy71 on December 10, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Simple question. Whether or not this nurse committed suicide, isn’t it a crime to misrepresent one’s identity? Idiots like these two are always so self-absorbed in the moment that they never contemplate the harm they can do with their infantile jokes. I understand this nurse wasn’t making a whole lot of money so even a job loss with this incident as part of her record could have made it very difficult for her.

DaveDief on December 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

After reaming this pair yesterday, I can see how they never expected it to go this far. The whole situation is so awful for everyone.

A larger issue to me is that all these media lampreys think they have to latch on to these celebrity stories and suck the blood out. People (Diana) get killed over relatively trivial news stories. The health of the duchess is certainly newsworthy, but not to the point that the media should hurt themselves and other people to get a piece of the story. Of course they are giving the public what it wants, but it’s all so grotesque.

juliesa on December 10, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Did you have the same viewpoint when the homosexual student committed suicide after his roommate released a video of him? After all, a prank is a prank is a prank.

Mitoch55 on December 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I did, yes. Pranks are pranks, and there is a lovely little tort called Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress to deal with it. The NJ student case was not “criminal”. This case is not criminal. There could be a lawsuit, fine. but people who commit suicide (without being literally forced to do so) are responsible for themselves and their inability to cope with adversity.

alwaysfiredup on December 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

isn’t it a crime to misrepresent one’s identity?

DaveDief on December 10, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Maybe in their country but certainly not in ours. Does no one appreciate our Constitution?

alwaysfiredup on December 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

@DaveDief: Reporters have been faking their identities for ages in order to get scoops or expose alleged misconduct. Of course they don’t typically laugh themselves silly while they’re doing it.

Seth Halpern on December 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

MechanicalBill:This popped up,a hour ago!:)
===========================================

I don’t understand the reply?

MechanicalBill on December 10, 2012 at 11:17 AM

You have a women who is ill enough to be in a hospital (regardless of her status in life) and these bozos think it is something to instigate a prank around?

Then you have a very well respected nurse (from everything reported),a mother and wife just trying to do her job.

The nurse comes from a cultural background that does not view this BS like the crap they bulled in a lighthearted manner. Most of us who have a hard work ethic do not.

There was not a damn thing funny about what they as if a hospital staff does not have enough to contend with much less it resulting in a senseless and tragic result because an employee felt an overwhelming humiliation.

NO SYMPATHY for dumb and dumber…

They should be fired and everyone in the chain of command on this one sued for every penny they freaking have…

Tilly on December 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I do feel sorry for everyone here. They did something that many, many other so-called comedians have done.

But this is why we have something called “manners” and “decency” and why those values are still good, no matter what this sick society says. All of this cruel humor is just that: cruel. I hope comics just stop it.

PattyJ on December 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

The nurse comes from a cultural background that does not view this BS like the crap they bulled in a lighthearted manner. Most of us who have a hard work ethic do not.

There was not a damn thing funny about what they as if a hospital staff does not have enough to contend with much less it resulting in a senseless and tragic result because an employee felt an overwhelming humiliation.

NO SYMPATHY for dumb and dumber…

They should be fired and everyone in the chain of command on this one sued for every penny they freaking have…

Tilly on December 10, 2012 at 11:23 AM

How could they have known her cultural sensitivities beforehand?

changer1701 on December 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM

As a mother I had no problem using guilt as a tactic for good behavior, coming up with the most outlandishly horrific outcomes of the most inane misdeeds but this is ridiculous. No one was more surprised than these folks at getting put through at the switchboard. The same goes for the nurse, did she ever expect to hear from the “queen”? I don’t think these stunts are funny either but I don’t like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” or the “Three Stooges” either. We are taking PC to ridiculous lengths. People who commit suicide over anything have serious problems.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I was feeling some sympathy for these two until I read far enough in the article where they tried to justify their actions by saying, essentially, “we don’t have to care who we hurt or what we do because someone else reviews these tapes before we put them on the air.” And then claimed total ignorance of who that person is or what the process is so as to avoid naming names. And everytime the interviewer probes with questions like “when they started revealing personal details about the Dutchess, didn’t you think it was time to end the call?” they just go back to “that’s someone else’s problem.” Essentially saying “we’re not paid to think.”

Well, guess what? Putting or not putting the call on the air is not the only issue. The stunt was wrongheaded to begin with. By the time it gets to “the committee” for review, a lot of the damage is already done. Use your brains. Prank calling a hospital to get a laugh out of your phony accents might be acceptable. When they start reading off a patient’s medical records — any patient, not just royalty — it’s no longer acceptable and it’s time to end it. Don’t try to lay the blame on some unseen, unnamed “committee.”

Shump on December 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I did, yes. Pranks are pranks, and there is a lovely little tort called Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress to deal with it. The NJ student case was not “criminal”. This case is not criminal. There could be a lawsuit, fine. but people who commit suicide (without being literally forced to do so) are responsible for themselves and their inability to cope with adversity.

alwaysfiredup on December 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Good post.

I am always amused when I see the hand-wringing this kind of situation brings out from those who are suffering from the FFLF (female fun limitation factor, which is a common affliction for many women, as well as all leftists!) – they act as though if you aren’t seeing it their way and finding blame all around, there is something wrong with you, which makes me people like me laugh, and even more so when they start digging their high heels in at the sight of our laughter! :)

Anti-Control on December 10, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I have a question. I have heard DJ tell people that they are on the air. Is that required in the US? It’s confusing because I remember a local VA DJ calling a museum that had a sarcophagus for sale pretending to be Michael Jackson. Did they have to get permission from him to play it after the fact?

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I don’t like pranks, much, because they seldom are as funny to the target as they are to the pranksters. I don’t like being pranked, and I keep that in mind whenever I think something is hilariously funny.

Bob's Kid on December 10, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Did you have the same viewpoint when the homosexual student committed suicide after his roommate released a video of him? After all, a prank is a prank is a prank.

Mitoch55 on December 10, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I did, yes. Pranks are pranks, and there is a lovely little tort called Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress to deal with it. The NJ student case was not “criminal”. This case is not criminal. There could be a lawsuit, fine. but people who commit suicide (without being literally forced to do so) are responsible for themselves and their inability to cope with adversity.

alwaysfiredup on December 10, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Exactly my point. Whatever prank is committed upon another, the intent is always to injure. By ridicule. If one is criminal, then the other is criminal as well. I personally don’t think either instance is criminal. However the perpetrators of the prank should be shunned.

Mitoch55 on December 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I don’t think these stunts are funny either but I don’t like “America’s Funniest Home Videos” or the “Three Stooges” either. We are taking PC to ridiculous lengths. People who commit suicide over anything have serious problems.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2012 at 11:33 AM

I think other problems were present in this case, absolutely.

But you don’t like the Stooges? What?!?

changer1701 on December 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Really? These two are completely blameless. The person that committed suicide clearly had some underlying problem(s). Maybe it was cultural. Maybe mental. In any case, this call may have been the trigger, but surely it was not the only trigger. The suicide more than likely would have happened at some point.

Sad, no doubt. But suicides don’t rise from prank phone calls.

BKeyser on December 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Exactly my point. Whatever prank is committed upon another, the intent is always to injure. By ridicule. If one is criminal, then the other is criminal as well. I personally don’t think either instance is criminal. However the perpetrators of the prank should be shunned.

Mitoch55 on December 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Rereading alwaysfiredup’s post, I see that I may have misunderstood its point. alwaysfiredup said, “The NJ student case was not “criminal”.”, but I first read it as, “The NJ student case was not “criminal”.”

I want to make it clear that I was agreeing with how I first read it.

Anti-Control on December 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

We have ‘evolved’ into complete morons.
I thought “evolution’ was intended to be an improvement—

There IS however, one really cool, actually quite brilliant Christian Conservative show with a WICKED sense of humor. It’s a low-budget basement production called “Intellectual Froglegs.” If people don’t start watching it won’t last long… but the dude rocks. You should check it out

deedtrader on December 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM

changer1701 on December 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Yeah, I don’t know why watching people getting slapped and their eyes poked has never been funny to me. I realize I am weird, most people don’t hold it against me.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The nurse was unstable before this, obviously. Perhaps she was vindictive enough to leave a stain on the Earth as she left. That might sound harsh but these two DJs are stuck with the stigma. Maybe we need to take a tougher look in that hospital and the nurse’s life.

Capitalist Hog on December 10, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Yeah, let’s character assassinate the nurse. Splendid idea.

Gelsomina on December 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM

I blame the monarchy. England should stop pretending that any member of its government has been appointed by God. This incident shows that too many people there (and here) are far too emotionally invested in a bunch of wealthy layabouts for their own good.

EricW on December 10, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I know here in the US a stunt like that can cause a person to lose their job and maybe their license because they did not follow HIPAA. What would these DJ’s do if the nurse lost her job instead of her Life. I really don’t like Humor at somebody’s expense, like the video from Brazil with the Elevator and some of the stuff from Japan where the toilet pops up so everybody can see you.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5LP707cDbo

I am glad I grew up without the Internet, because I don’t know what I would do if some of the stupid stuff I did made it on YouTube.

Patricksp on December 10, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Yeah, I don’t know why watching people getting slapped and their eyes poked has never been funny to me. I realize I am weird, most people don’t hold it against me.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The “violence” committed by the Three Stooges” was cartoonish and not meant to be taken seriously. Women don’t tend to find it funny, whereas guys do. As you know, there is nothing wrong with not enjoying it. However, here is where I do find a problem with many of those who don’t enjoy that kind of humor, typified by this comment from Mitoch55: “Whenever prank is committed upon another, the intent is always to injure. By ridicule.”

The assertion that the intent of pranks is “always to injure” is hysterically ludicrous and should not be taken seriously, because not all ridicule is injurious. Mitoch55′s comment is made from the viewpoint of an intrusive busybody who lacks a good sense of humor, which is the same place annoying P.C. comes from.

Anti-Control on December 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

It’s always someone else’s fault right? No one even knows why the lady commited suicide, as far as I know it wasn’t like she left a note that listed the prank as the reason.

Yet the fault ultimately lies with the woman who decided to end her life and have 2 children lose a mother and husband lose a wife.

but she could have easily gotten fired or suspended from her job because of what they did.

She also could just have easily have assisted in my personal info being given up if someone just called up and said they were my relative. No different than any other “undercover” operation where people fail to do their job. I’m willing to bet the DJs assumed they’d get denied any info and just get a laugh out of their horrible accents.

nextgen_repub on December 10, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Anti-Control on December 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

That is a goofy argument, you would have to know the outcome and the possibilities are endless, as they are sadly finding out. As for me, I don’t understand why people send in videos of embarrassing moments in their lives (predominately men getting hit in the privates) for money and ridicule since the ridicule is the only sure thing.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2012 at 12:19 PM

However, here is where I do find a problem with many of those who don’t enjoy that kind of humor, typified by this comment from Mitoch55: “Whenever prank is committed upon another, the intent is always to injure. By ridicule.”

The assertion that the intent of pranks is “always to injure” is hysterically ludicrous and should not be taken seriously, because not all ridicule is injurious. Mitoch55′s comment is made from the viewpoint of an intrusive busybody who lacks a good sense of humor, which is the same place annoying P.C. comes from.

Anti-Control on December 10, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Sorry…humor by ridicule and making someone feel small is not humor. All ridicule IS injurious. It’s the same as calling an overweight person fat and then following up with “Just kidding.” The insult is still out there. It has still impacted the target.

Your viewpoint, that this type of humor is good humor (I’m assuming) seems to come from a innate need to feel superior. Just as your ad hominem attacks provide an air of superiority by tearing another down. Keep them to yourself.

Mitoch55 on December 10, 2012 at 12:29 PM

To expand on that thought, if the DJs here are morally culpable in the nurse’s suicide, isn’t Terry Jones morally culpable for what jihadis do in rage after he burns a Koran? Unlike the DJs, Jones is actually *trying* to get a reaction; when an embassy burns in response to his Koran stunts, he points to it as proof of how vicious Islam is. The DJs didn’t contemplate anything similarly destructive happening here. They were in it for a harmless goof.

I don’t blame Jones because I refuse to exempt jihadis from their own moral choices.

Allahpundit on December 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

This is where the emotional response clashes with the logical response. Emotionally, we don’t want to assign Jones any culpability because we dislike the other actors. Logically, it just doesn’t hold.

If they 100% knew she would commit suicide and did the prank anyway, would the be morally culpable at all? (Given that I think they have some responsibility here, I think yes). Do i think that they intended for her to commit suicide? Not at all. Do I think their actions pushed her to commit suicide? Right now, all evidence seems that it has.

That their actions pushed here to commit suicide doesn’t by itself mean that they did anything wrong. Why they did what they did is why I believe they have some moral responsibility.

There’s a mental health question around all this that is almost a moot point if we can agree on one thing: without that call, she’d be alive today.

segasagez on December 10, 2012 at 12:33 PM

That is a goofy argument, you would have to know the outcome and the possibilities are endless, as they are sadly finding out. As for me, I don’t understand why people send in videos of embarrassing moments in their lives (predominately men getting hit in the privates) for money and ridicule since the ridicule is the only sure thing.

Cindy Munford on December 10, 2012 at 12:19 PM

lol to what I highlighted! (in a good way, not bad! :))

Some people like being embarrassed and laughing at themselves. Look at Greg Gutfeld – his height is often mocked, by his own self even! I am glad he participates in the mockery – such people make the world a brighter place!

When I look at people like him, I conclude that they have more self-confidence and self-esteem than those who cannot stand such ridicule, and I don’t understand how anyone could disagree with that assessment.

Anti-Control on December 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

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