Those of you who’ve been reading for a while will no doubt know I don’t particularly have a problem with mocking DJs. This especially applies to the ones in the higher echelons, most of whom don’t have the talent to back up their slick social media profiles which get them booked for the big events.
That said, I think criticism should be fair. Which is why I have to step up here to defend DJ Dimension, otherwise known by the very English name of Robert Etheridge. It turns out that Etheridge is the man who brought the Omicron variant of Covid to New Zealand. Yes, they have him to thank for it, it appears.
He arrived on a flight to New Zealand on December 16th. Under the country’s rules, he had to spend seven days at an Auckland quarantine facilitity, followed by three days of self-isolation. But the 30 year old DJ decided to be a naughty boy and left self-isolation on day nine of the process – to go clubbing, of all things.
Just hours later, the result of his latest Covid test came back positive. This despite the fact that three previous tests were negative. And the labratory has been able to confirm Etheridge has the highly infectious Omicron strain of the virus, meaning that New Zealand’s people are not in the least bit happy.
Their press is currently going to town on him, with the country’s Stuff entertainment website running an article called “Are DJs worse than Covid? The answer is quite possibly yes”. And to think Annabel Ross once had the audacity to say this blog was guilty of histrionics!
As I said earlier, I have no issue laying into DJs when they’ve done something they shouldn’t. And whether Etheridge likes it or not, he has behaved badly. When in Rome, you do as the Romans do – he should have completed his 10 days of isolation in accordance with the country’s rules.
Yes, there’s no question his decision to go clubbing was truly moronic and displays a very entitled streak to him. But let’s get this into perspective here. As bad as his choice to break the rules was, it’s hardly his fault he comes from a country where Omicron has effectively been allowed to run rampant.
Whilst Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have chosen to impose what few restrictions they can to slow it down, Etheridge’s native England has decided otherwise. And cases were going to find their way into New Zealand, one way or another – it was always a simple matter of when, not if.
So on this occasion, I’m inclined not to be too harsh on Etheridge. The New Zealand press have well and truly lost their minds over this one. Although in future, he might want to actually follow the rules which apply to the rest of us…