A Fetus, a Nurse and Two DJs

A Crisis of the Womb

Kate Middleton

Her Majesty’s minions simultaneously celebrated and cringed at the recent news that the Duchess of Cambridge, AKA Kate Middleton, was both pregnant and very ill with morning sickness.  So sick, in fact, that she was hospitalized.  (At a private hospital, of course.)

Enter Mel Greig and Michael Christian, two tactless Aussies. (But, aren’t they all?  That’s why we love them.)  Mel and Michael (Michael’s a she) pranked the hospital staff, posing as the Queen and frumpy Prince Charles.  They were good enough to get some yummy stuff to air to their fellow melanoma-afflicted lineal inmates down under.

A bit of juvenile fun–but wait, there’s more.

The nurse who was involved in handling the call, Jacintha Saldanha, subsequently committed suicide over her role in–what?  Passing a call through?  Innocently aiding witless shock jocks?  Helping to give the world a chuckle over British obsessive gazing at Kate’s growing navel?

Meanwhile, down under, Grieg and Christian, grieve and atone for their apparent outrageous conduct, but not enough to keep from getting fired.  But will they stay fired?  Or, better yet, should they stay fired?

What are the prevailing societal norms when Jacintha Saldanha is compelled to commit suicide in such a circumstance?  The world is chock full of tactless nitwits willing to go to any length in order to gain notoriety.  If being swept up in their cesspool is a cause for suicide, it may be time for a well targeted asteroid in our blind spot.

But, let’s be honest, committing suicide is evidence of significant mental instability and focusing on a precipitating event, even one as silly as this, dismisses a reality that was there for all to see.

No one’s womb is so famous or special that cracking a few jokes about it or its contents should be cause for a suicide.  And the idea that breaching the fantasy confidentiality of the world’s most famous pregnant lady would lead to a death is cause enough for serious introspection about fame, blame, and “royalty.”

My British friends, may ye be looking inward this season.

Photo credit:  AP

 

2 Comments

  • Tactful Aussie says:

    wow. It’s been a long time since I completely agreed with you on anything, but on this, yes. That lady was on the edge, and those two Bozo DJs mistimed their joke, but it was just a joke. Her response was the ultimate in passive-agressive.

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Glenn
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I have been contemplating our response to a N. Korean movie maker producing a comedy based movie with a story line about the assassination of our President. I can’t believe that we would hack into their government IT systems. Of wait, we already do that. Never mind.
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Eric Lamar
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Victoria Huckenpahler
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Well done Mr Kim! I hope the movie is as funny as all the drama it cause. I guess we will just have to wait for it to make its way to the $5 table at Walmart to see it. That were is get to see most movies anyway.
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Smitty
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That's right, Eric. It was the studio who decided they would lose too much money if they distributed the film and nobody came to see it. Besides, you're right on point about a film that never should have been made. Do we ever ask ourselves how we'd feel if the tables were turned?
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