Will Australian dj’s Mel Grieg and Michael Christian from Sydney radio outlet 2Day FM still have a job by the end of the weekend?
What was suppose to be an innocent playful prank, at least according to Aussie dj’s Mel Grieg and Michael Christian has led to tragedy with the apparent suicide of Kate Middleton nurse, Jacintha Saldanha who was duped by the pair.
And if the radio station may have for a while been rejoicing in pulling off the prank of the century they may now want to find an empty cave to hide in given the public outcry and hostility now being directed at the pair for causing an innocent party to take their own life.
The degree of disgust in fact can be seen via the following twitter remarks (below) currently making the rounds pursuant to the news of the suicide.
The presenters, from 2Day FM, remarked during their show how their efforts were the ‘easiest prank call ever made’, as they put on mock British accents they later described as ‘terrible’.
The Australian station and presenters advertised the stunt worldwide and today Christian was continuing to boast about the prank ‘making international headlines’ on Twitter. This even after the radio outlet apologized for the stunt in the first place.
Noted the UK’s dailymail: Both presenters have deleted their Twitter accounts after an online backlash called for them to lose their jobs.
Abuse: DJ Mel Greig has deleted her Twitter account after she was bombarded with messages calling on her to quit.
One user, Alison Hassell, told Greig: ‘If you have any kind of conscience or morals….. Right about now you should be typing your resignation.’
Scott Ashworth tweeted: ‘You scumbag, hope you get what’s coming to you!’, while another user, Michael Hird, wrote: ‘I hope you’re happy now.. The receptionist you rang has COMMITTED SUICIDE! You have blood on your hands now!’
Greig also received what appeared to be threats on the social networking site.
Costas Loizou swore at the presenter and ended his message: ‘I might start calling your mum and leaving messages..in fact expect one on xmas day….’
Other users directed abuse at her co-presenter Christian. Justine Daniel told him the hoax was a ‘sick joke’ and added: ‘Hope you’re banished from being on air forever.’
Peter Timmins wrote: ‘There are no words to describe the disgust that everyone else is feeling about the prank you thought so funny.’
Sinead Gavaghan called him a ‘vile, stupid creature’ while Chris Campbell claimed: ‘You should be fired and the station shut down.’
Tweets Express Anger And Outrage
People around the globe are tweeting their anger and outrage. Here are just a few comments:
-Ryan Williams (@razza699) — I hope the nurses family take @MelGreigHot30 and @mcontheradio for all they have
-Luisa Gottardo (@lu1820) — @MelGreigHot30 so the nurse you called has committed suicide. Still laughing about it? You total idiots.
-derp (@BooKhaki) — I hope Mel Greig and Michael Christian lose their jobs.
-Miss Sam Bucca ☃ x (@suzannne_x) — Awful news about the receptionist committing suicide.. still gloating about your “amazing prank” now?? @mContheradio @MelGreigHot30?
-LFC Fans Corner (@LFCFansCorner)– Are you two still laughing about your ‘amazing’ prank in the hospital!? @melgreighot30 @mcontheradio you disgust me.
-barmyarmyuk Blog. (@barmyarmyuk) — I do hope the two @2DayFMSydney presenters – Mel Greig and Michael Christian – feel very very guilty right now the despicable pair.
-Chris H (@Northern_Munky) — Say, @MelGreigHot30 @MContheradio – That nurse you pranked in London is dead. Hang your heads. You should be banned from broadcasting.
-Craig Kimmitt (@craigpaul85) — Wait till you @mContheradio @MelGreigHot30 wake up this morning to find out you contributed to someone committing suicide! Still gloating??
-Lewis Roman (@lewisroman) — Hope the Australian radio DJs Mel Greig & Michael Christian that caused kate middletons hospital secretary to commit suicide burn in hell.
-Michael (twcau) (@twcau) — Dear @2DayFMSydney, you need to sack Mel Greig, Michael Christian & their producers. Ill conceived prank has lead to suicide. #unforgivable
-Sara (@Sara_156) — I hope you’re happy with yourselves @MContheradio and @MelGreigHot30 Royal prank my arse #RIP
-Harminder Boughan (@Minz_B) — Receptionist who was duped by @MelGreigHot30 @MContheradio prank call dies in suspected suicide. Hope the pair of you feel like sh*t! #Scum
As an aside just hours before Jacintha Saldanha was found dead, the DJs were still tweeting about their prank, which has gotten world wide attention. Perhaps the pair might want to find a cave to cuddle up for sweet misery? Such are the new lows in tabloid journalism….