Friends blame Kiwi for planker's death
Tue, 17 May 2011 6:37p.m.
By Australia Correspondent Samantha Hayes
A New Zealand man credited with inventing the game of planking is now being blamed for the death of an Australian who tried to do it drunk, and on balcony.
A message left on Paul Carran’s internet site claims his game is fatally irresponsible.
But Carran, who now lives in Sydney, told 3 news that it’s not the game that’s to blame.
Born in Dunedin, Carran started planking - or as he calls it ‘extreme lying down’ – after hearing about a similar game friends were playing in Britain in 2008.
“We thought we’d just step it up a bit, take it to the next level and go extreme with it,” he says.
He hadn’t heard the game mentioned for years, until suddenly it was headline news with the death of Brisbane man Acton Beale, who fell after a night out drinking. He had been trying to balance on his seventh story balcony railing.
Now, one of Beale’s friends posted a message on Carran’s YouTube clip from 2009 saying:
“Your video killed a friend of mine. You seriously should take this down”.
Asked if he feels like he has blood on his hands, Carran says not at all.
“I laughed at first, because you think it’s a joke. You think, how does your video contribute to the death of somebody. It’s not like anybody, or me personally, made him do it.”
Many people see planking or extreme lying down as harmless, just a bit of fun, a sentiment that’s gone viral.
The Planking New Zealand Facebook page gained over 3000 followers since the news of Beale’s death.
Planking Australia’s page has an average of 600 people signing up every hour.
New photos are appearing online at a startling rate.
One photo shows three boys planking on a railway line. The photo was posted by their parents who say it is abandoned. But police say the adults could be charged.
There’s also a shot of former AFL player Sam Newman, planking on the balcony of his 40th floor apartment.
“The fact that people use the internet to publicise this dangerous behaviour isn’t a reason for banning Facebook or for internet censorship,” says social media consultant Jason Sternberg.
Plankers argue the stupidity of some shouldn’t tarnish them all.
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11/07/2011 10:17:47 a.m.
The guy was a knucklehead. You can't blame anyone for his death but him. It's dangerous to balance on your balcony railing. He took the risk and died. His fault. No one elses.
8/06/2011 5:09:07 p.m.
Janus Michaelek wrote:
planking is utterly mindless, drunk or otherwise, and why blame the moron that started it? does Nobel get blamed everytime someone dies from a dynamite rlated death or does Henry Ford get the blame every time there is a car-crash fatality? utterly ludicrous, and whilst I feel sorry for family and freids of the deceased, he and those present are the ONLY people whom must be held accountable for this.
31/05/2011 1:01:28 a.m.
I found out about planking on the news
25/05/2011 8:09:09 a.m.
How can the friends of the deceased planker blame this guy for his death? It was the deceased who made the decision to go on that 7th floor railing. This just shows the level of arrogance some people have in believing that anything that happens is not their fault. The finger of guilt points squarely at the deceased himself.
24/05/2011 7:00:38 a.m.
Planking on a 7th story balcony while drinking....hmmmm....just seems like another case of idiotic moron removed from the human gene pool, which isn't so bad.
24/05/2011 4:16:53 a.m.
Henry J wrote:
There's absolutely no onus on Paul Carron. The liability is on the person who does it, how the hell can Paul be blamed. It's the best game ever
19/05/2011 5:31:17 p.m.
so the criteria for invention is for a kiwi to lay facedown in a dangerous location.. seen plenty of p!ssed up kiwis doing that, and a long time before this t0sser.
18/05/2011 10:47:49 a.m.
It's a case of "moneky see monkey do", no disrespect to the guy who died, just using the expression. It is in no way Pauls fault this guy tried planking on the 7th floor blacony while intoxicated and fell to his death. I think people are just trying to find someone to blame other then the obvious person, the one who did it and died. If I got into a car and drove drunk and killed myself in a crash, it's not the fault of the first person to ever drive drunk, it would be my own fault.
18/05/2011 6:37:48 a.m.
Anyone who does this ridiculously stupid act is a right planker!
17/05/2011 10:56:54 p.m.
Definitely a Darwin award.
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