CFN – Prank calls. The world is buzzing and humming over the death of a nurse at a hospital in England after the mother of two ended her life after answering a prank call from an Australian radio station over the pregnancy of Kate Middleton.
A prank call (also known as a crank call) is a telephone practical joke. Prank phone calls began to gain an American following over a period of many years, as they became a staple of the obscure and amusing cassette tapes traded amongst musicians, sound engineers, and media traders beginning in the late 1970s. Among the most famous and earliest recorded prank calls are the Tube Bar prank calls tapes, which centered around Louis “Red” Deutsch. Comedian Jerry Lewis was an incorrigible phone prankster, and recordings of his hijinks, dating from the 1960s and possibly earlier, still circulate to this day.
The Mel & Michael Prank Call
Very prominent people have fallen victim to prank callers, for example Elizabeth II, who was fooled by Canadian DJ Pierre Brassard posing as Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, asking her to record a speech in support of Canadian unity ahead of the 1995 Quebec referendum. Two other notable examples of prank calls were made by the Miami-based radio station Radio El Zol. In one, they telephoned Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, and spoke to him pretending to be Cuban president Fidel Castro. They later reversed the prank, calling Castro and pretending to be Chávez. Castro began swearing at the pranksters live on air after they revealed themselves.
They aren’t new and many are quite entertaining.
The internet radio station [wPCR] PrankCall Radio (www.prankcallradio.net) is the largest web-site that still continuously broadcasts prank phone calls as they happen live on the internet. Since its creation by “DJ FooDStamP” in 1997, they have completed over 185,000 prank phone calls and broadcast them to over 5 million people worldwide.
Imagine that. One outfit alone made nearly 200,000 prank calls without a single fatality?!
It’s sad that this nurse decided to end her life; and I’m sure the media scrutiny in this situation was quite high, but surely this has more to do with issues of the victim of the prank than the actual prank?
The radio station and dj’s have gone into full damage control mode with a very hammy apology tears included which is what you do in these situations because that’s the kind of world we live in.
I’m sure Mel & Michael are sorry that nurse Jacintha Saldanha chose to end her life; but in the end Ms Saldanha made that very very odd choice not the DJ’s. There was no intent to injure or even humiliate the nurse who was not even the intended victim of the prank call.
Of course money enters into the picture with sponsors pulling their support which triggers reactions like this apology, but in the end it’s another media circus at the expense of someone who obviously had deep personal issues or simply did not know how to handle and cope with a situation and that those in her circle were not able to assist her.
That’s the true tragedy.
And now for one of the funniest prank calls ever.
The Sarah Palin Prank Call via Montreal DJ’s
This has been a tragedy. It truly is, but tragedies happen in life all the time. To enact laws or start witch hunts will not bring Ms Saldanha back nor comfort her children and family. We live in a world that increasingly over reacts and overcompensates in reactions to situations.
This is one of them.
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