I’m sure you’ve all heard the news story by now that broke over the weekend about the Australian radio DJs that prank-called a hospital in England that ended up with the woman who took the call taking her own life.
There’s already been millions of virtual column-inches and hours of TV news full of people falling over themselves to attack / defend the DJs, the station, the management, the woman, the hospital and everyone in between. I’m not really interested in adding to the noise of that, short of saying it’s a terrible thing that’s happened and nobody looks good coming out of it.
What I do want to do here, however, is pick your brain a little about what I should do here on this comic…
As you might now I do a comic about breakfast radio DJs. Making prank calls is part of what they do…actually, now that I think about it, they even prank called Hitler once, and he killed himself shortly after, so there’s precedent. But here’s the thing: do I do a comic about what happened this weekend?
If I do, I run the very real risk of being seen to be making fun of this horrible thing, and that’s not what I want to do. On the other hand, not doing a comic about it, not even addressing it at all feels rather dismissive of it, like it doesn’t matter, and it does matter.
So it’s a bit of a pickle. I think I will end up covering it, but I’m curious to see what you think first.