I’m sure you heard that, earlier this week, a set of DJs from 2DayFM in Australia were able to get through to some nurses at the hospital in England where Kate Middleton was being treated for acute morning sickness. They must not have read my post, where I urged everyone to just STFU already about poor Kate. Or maybe they did (more likely), and simply decided to be the most epic assholes in recent history in an effort to stress not only the royal family but also MY VERY FRAIL NERVES.
::faints on couch::
No, but seriously, I’m apparently not the only one who has been stressed by the whole ordeal, because some really awful, horrible, terribly sad and infuriating news broke this morning: The nurse who was initially duped by those DJs pretending to be the Queen of England was found dead of an apparent suicide.
The nurse, named Jacintha Saldanha, was a revered nurse at King Henry VII Hospital and was not being disciplined at all for the incident. At the time she answered the call of these idiot Aussies, she was simply helping with reception and forwarded them on to Kate’s nurse. What makes this worse is that this was a married mother of two.
So let’s think about this for a minute. What do we make of this situation? I feel like there are some inherent questions:
1. Should we burn the DJs at the stake?
2. Are the DJs complete and utter dipshits?
3. What should we do/What does this mean/Should I eat my feelings?
Valid questions, right? Because my knee-jerk was to LOATHE these DJs, Mel Greig and and Michael Christian. Well, not only to hate them bitterly, but also to blame them for the death of Jacintha Saldanha.
But that’s not fair. (Dammit.) Here’s why:
They’re DJs, right? Shock jocks that hit the mother lode with a well-played, if not tasteless prank. That’s what they do. Maybe if the rest of the world wasn’t throwing a goddamn parade for a barely-there Royal baby that is currently sapping the life out of its host mother, then there wouldn’t have even been a prank.
So do we burn them? I guess not. Are they idiots? Probably.
What’s the blame, then? The Royal Culture? The obsession with these outliers of societal privilege and fortune?
Maybe. Maybe it doesn’t matter.
In the meantime, the dust will settle and we know this:
1. A mother is dead, and while I cannot pretend to know why this nurse chose to end her life, I can see that the only people paying the consequences for that choice are her grieving family members and friends.
2. Kate Middleton is still pregnant. She may or may not be currently vomiting.
3. We cannot put negative STUFF out into this world and think that it doesn’t matter.
4. Maybe next time I write a post, YOU (COLLECTIVE NEGATIVE-STUFF-PUTTING-INTERNET-PEOPLE) WILL LISTEN TO ME, YOU NUMBNUTS.