Morrissey Bizarrely Blames Kate Middleton for That Nurse’s Tragic Suicide
You probably heard the sad story about nurse Jacintha Saldanha, who committed suicide shortly after she was pranked by a pair of Australian DJs on the phone and connected their call to someone else who revealed information about Kate Middleton's pregnancy-related hospital stay.
But while those DJs have taken the lion's share of the blame, Morrissey says someone else is responsible: the Royal Family and the Duchess herself.
If you've been under a total media blackout, Saldanha was found dead on Dec. 7, shortly after those DJs pretended to be Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles and fooled Saldanha into putting them through to another nurse who spoke freely about Kate's condition.
Those radio personalities have since apologized, saying they are "shattered, gutted, and heartbroken," and they also later lost their jobs.
We haven't covered the story before now because we're pretty disgusted about the whole thing (the media should pay a little more attention to mental illness and a lot less attention to radio pranks), but this is the first time we've seen anyone of note blame Kate for the mess. So we're wading in.
For those of you who were never emo enough when you were a teenager to mope around to his music, Morrissey was the lead singer/lyricist for the British post-punk alternative band the Smiths and later went on to a solo career in which he continued to be a gifted if melodramatic and whiny occasional douche.
A reputation he's still living up to today.
He told 3News in New Zealand that Kate -- who was hospitalized with severe morning sickness -- was there for “absolutely no reason," so this entire fiasco was her fault.
“She feels no shame about the death of this woman," he said. "She's saying nothing about the death of this poor woman. The arrogance of the British royals is absolutely staggering."
Despite Morrissey's claims, the Royal Family did issue a statement that read in part, "Thoughts and prayers are with Jacintha Saldanha's family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time." In addition, a source close to the Duchess says she was "distraught" by news of the suicide and immediately asked if Saldanha had any children.
But all that aside, Morrissey didn't stop there.
"Is it anorexia or is it pregnancy? I mean, morning sickness already? So much hoo haw and then suddenly as bright as a button as soon as this poor woman dies she's out of hospital? It doesn't ring true," he said, bizarrely hinting at a murder conspiracy.
Obviously Mr. Misery has never looked up hyperemesis gravidarum (the fancy name for morning sickness) with the National Organization of Rare Diseases, which says that while a very small percentage of women are affected, those who are often require hospitalization.
“The pressure put on the woman who connected the callers was probably so enormous that she took her own life," Mozzer went on. "And we forget about that and of course the royals are exonerated as always."
Look, we know the royals get special treatment, and we know a monarchy in this day and age is kind of silly. But blaming anyone in particular for Saldanha's tragedy misses the point that so many of us who've dealt with the suicide of a loved one know all too well: She was clearly a very troubled woman who needed help. And because mental illness is stigmatized, she may have felt too ashamed to get it.
The more fingers that are pointed, the less attention that serious problem gets. And it's to the detriment of us all.