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I agree that the "prank" doesn't seem to be "bad" enough to cause a suicide let alone the attention it received before the suicide. Honestly... why does ANYONE give a rats ass about "monarchs" in this day and age?
My problem with "pranks" of this nature is that by design they publicly make unsuspecting, innocent people look like fools. That's not humour in my opinion.
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington
The thing about prank calls, is that you know nothing about your victim, nothing about what else they have going on, nothing about their state of mind. This is because you don't care about them, they are selected at random and you don't think about anything that will happen after you hang up.
I don't wish to excuse the British press from anything. I don't think anyone should seek to excuse the Australians either.
Prank calls are the lowest form of comedy; lazy, selfish, and designed to get laughs by humiliating the victim and encouraging others to laugh at them.
Also, for the same reason let's not persecute the two presenters. The station pre-recorded the prank and managers and lawyers passed it for transmission. If everyone involved learns lessons from this at least there'll be something good comes from it. Sadly, I don't have much faith in the press or radio DJs in general to learn anything.
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
So, as we all know, the nurse who was involved in the Duchess of Cambridge prank
call died last week. And now there's a witch hunt in place from the UK press for
the 2 DJs who played the prank. I've listened to the call, and it wasn't a bad
one - certainly nothing that should have caused the kerfuffle that it did.
Misrepresentation is often criminal.
Death or injury which occurs during criminal activity, even when not directly caused by the activity, often impacts the prosecution of the first.
Exactly, look up "thin-skull" cases to find the relevant laws: a helpful page[^]
To all those who are defending the pranksters consider that they did not think their prank was inappropriate so why should they be defended from the backlash? If they can't take abuse, they shouldn't dish it out! (IMHO prank = abuse) I think they deserve all the negative attention they brought upon themselves. Through their deliberate actions they caused the death of a human being!
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