Regarding "The Prank That Killed: It's a Reminder That in Some Cultures, Virtue, Honor and Dignity Still Matter" (Dec. 12 Perspectives): The piece written by Rekha Basu seems to be focused on how Jacintha Saldanha "perceived" her actions as a devout Catholic having been brought up in India. Does this mean all Catholics of Indian descent or all foreigners are off-limits to British or American humor? I know if I lived in a foreign culture, I better become accustomed to cultural differences and reality shows if I am to live there for any length of time. (Whatever happened to, "When in Rome ..."?)
It's tragic, absolutely, and no one can escape the pain for the family of Jacintha Saldanha.
Orson Welles is worshipped for his public broadcast causing widespread panic. Pranks are a mainstay on TV nowadays.
What do you do? Stop and prosecute for every gag ever committed in public (that leads to death unintentionally or where luck avoided tragedy) or just take it for what it was?
I guess it can go unnoticed unless it gets too much attention. Keep your gags confined and, beware, jokes are soon to become criminal.