Shock Jock Pranks: Do They Go Too Far?
As two Australian shock jocks undergo a probe after posing as Royals to gain telephone access to Kate Middleton’s hospital room, we’d like to hear your thoughts on shock jocks in general and the pranks they pull.
It’s all good fun until somebody gets hurt.
That’s the mantra it would seem radio shock jocks from Australia to Tampa Bay follow.
Unfortunately, for two disk jockeys in Australia, somebody did get hurt. Mel Greig and Michael Christian, who work at Sydney’s 2Day FM, have been indirectly (and by some directly) linked to the suicide death of Jacintha Saldanha.
Saldanha, a nurse, was fooled by the two shock jocks into believing they were Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles. She connected them to the room where Kate Middleton, wife of Prince William, is resting following complications from pregnancy, according to Yahoo News.
Following the incident, Saldanha is said to have committed suicide. It’s unclear whether the royal snafu had anything to do with her actions, but police are taking it seriously, Yahoo reports. Public outcry has been so harsh, in fact, the pair are said to be in hiding.
Outlandish pranks perpetrated by disk jockeys are commonplace here in the Tampa Bay area. After all, we have the distinction, dubious or otherwise, of being the home of Bubba the Love Sponge. That particular DJ has made a name – and quite a following for himself – by crank calling everyone from local cable companies to the Federal Communications Commission along with his sidekick Ned. He also faced animal cruelty charges after castrating and slaughtering a pig on air.
Bubba most recently made news after settling a lawsuit with Clearwater resident and pro wrestling star Hulk Hogan over an alleged sex tape.
As the British issue unfolds, we’d like to turn our attention to what you’re thinking Tampa Bay. What do you think about radio shock jocks and their pranks? Are they just downright funny? Is it really all just in good fun? Maybe you think they go too far and should face more regulations? Share your thoughts in the comments section.