A media storm has been brewing following the prank call two Australian radio DJs made to the hospital where Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, was being treated.
The nurse who took the call has been found dead in an apparent suicide attempt.
The Australian 2Day FM radio DJs, Mel Greig and Michael Christian, made the call during the week pretending to be the Queen and Prince Philip.
Can you guess what ‘prank’ means?
A prank is a trick which you play on someone else. It involves making the victim of the prank look silly, and it’s meant to be fun.
Word parnerships: play a prank on someone
They played a prank on their classmates.
People who play a prank on someone are called pranksters.
Here are some example Tweets of how the word is being used today:
Backlash in Australia over royal prank call aje.me/SVacFP
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) December 8, 2012
Mortified to hear the nurse who took the prank royal call from AUS DJ’s has committed suicide.
— Matt Evers (@TheMattEvers) December 8, 2012
King Edward VII hospital sends letter to Australian broadcasters condemning prank call and “humiliation” of nurses huff.to/11XndnB
— HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) December 8, 2012
I have never liked prank calls or TV show pranks. Making another person feel like an idiot is bullying and in no way entertainment. #2dayfm
— Iain Graham (@iainag) December 7, 2012
The world reacts
The media, and in particular the Twittersphere, has been full of discussion about this prank:
Was it innocent fun or should the radio station, 2Day Fm, and the DJs be held accountable in some way for the whole incident?
Leaving aside the fact that Princess Catherine is a member of the Royal Family, private information about a sick, pregnant woman was released publicly without her knowledge or consent.
What do you think should happen?
The other half
Half of Australia is full of lovely, warm, friendly and well-travelled people. Perhaps among of the most kind-hearted and decent people in the world.
The other half are exactly like Mel Craig and Michael Christian.
They have the minds of newly-born children, with little understanding that their actions can lead to consequences that other people don’t like.
For example, the same radio station a few years ago had a young girl, aged 14, on Kyle Sandilands’ programme. The girl was asked about her sexual activities, and then admitted on air to have been raped at the age of 12.
The community and the former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, were outraged by this, at how terribly a child was being treated by a major Sydney radio station.
The same 2Day FM DJ has also attacked a female journalist in the past, as the Guardian reports:
“You’re a bullshit artist, girl. You should be fired from your job. Your hair’s very ’90s. And your blouse. You haven’t got that much titty to be having that low cut a blouse. Watch your mouth or I’ll hunt you down.”
And yes, this moron still has his job.
Much more recently the current Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gilliard, fought back at Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for all the insults and barbs she had received for being a woman.
The list goes on.
At least the world is beginning to see the real Australia, the good and the bad.
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