Spice FM that likes to identify as the “Hottest Radio Station in Bangladesh” has recently run a show that aired an insensitive prank on a set of new parents. A radio jockey who goes by the name RJ Tazz dialed one Salim Ahmed, informing him that his newborn had been swapped at birth. In the call she remorselessly requests him to return the infant. The baby in question is only 2 days old and the father is outraged by this information while his weeping wife experiences a mental break down.
The video of the prank has gone viral on social media. Parents at the receiving end were publicly humiliated. In the discussion that broke out under the comments section of the video, some viewers have taken solace from their own interpretation that the prank was pre-staged and hence the harms are inconsequential to any groups, while others have outright shamed the radio channel and the RJ herself.
Whether staged or not, the content of the video remains controversial. The RJ is heard to tell a weeping Mrs. Afroza to kindly pass the phone back to her husband due to her incapacity to resolve the crisis-which would no doubt feed into the ego of the chauvinists, having undermined the wife’s authority and entrenching existing patriarchal norms.
To conclude, the RJ attempts to settle the case with a hefty sum of money, a practice that is not foreign in the hospital scene of Bangladesh. But whether the role of the media is to encourage such practices or call out on them remains a question.