Mel Greig and Michael Christian, the DJs from the Australian radio station 2Day FM that pranked Jacintha Saldanha — the King Edward VII Hospital nurse who provided information about the state of then-hospitalized Duchess Kate and was later found dead — have been suspended, amid an international backlash that includes advertising boycotts from companies such as telecommunications giant Telstra and supermarket heavyweight Coles — reports BBC.
"We understand Australians are clearly angry and upset by what appear to be tragic consequences of the 2Day FM UK hospital prank," Coles announced, while a social media firestorm — condemning Greig and Christian for posing as the Queen and Prince Charles — has unleashed, prompting the unfortunate duo to delete their Twitter accounts and receive death threats, according to the BBC.
Rhys Holleran, the chief executive of Southern Cross Austereo, which owns the popular Sydney-based music station, said Greig and Christian had been offered counseling: "I spoke to both presenters early this morning and it's fair to say they're completely shattered. These people aren't machines, they're human beings. We're all affected by this," Holleran said.
Should these DJs be castigated this way?