The New Zealand Herald has hilariously cooked it with a post regarding the late pop icon Prince and his multi-million dollar estate, which is reportedly to be paid out to his
purple-haired former crack addict prostitute sister.
Either the NZ Herald have a wild intern on the loose or Jerry the social media manager had one too many breakfast billies before work on Sunday morning, because the edit history on Facebook shows a bush league of epic proportions, which will no doubt go down as one of the greatest backpedals in history.
The post began with the somewhat brazen:
Original post: ”A purple-haired former crack-addict prostitute sister is set to inherit Prince’s estate, along with a huge catalogue of unreleased music.”
The author obviously had a talking to by the higher-ups after the initial post, who clearly approved of the savagery, however felt that the purple hair was an unnecessary detail:
Edit one: ”Prince’s former drug-addict prostitute sister is set to inherit his estate, along with a huge catalogue of unreleased music.”
One would assume this is when readers started to flood nzherald.co with a wave of “lol wut’s” and the *journalists had the sense to change it something a little more PC in light of such a sensitive situation.
Final edit: ”Prince’s sister is set to inherit his estate, along with a huge catalogue of unreleased music.”
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, 55, will inherit his estate under Minnesota state law, which will award the inheritance on the basis she is his only living relative. She was also staying at Prince’s compound in Minnesota at the time of his death.
The 300-million estate includes his literal vault of unreleased music and rare original tracks, which was valued by Prince’s original manager Owen Husney to be worth more than USD$500 million.
Being the self-produced powerhouse that he was, Prince also owns all the original masters to his tracks, which is why you don’t see loads of corny money-grabbing albums released by record labels and why (hopefully) whoever attains ownership of the original tracks won’t endlessly release items from his back catalogue posthumously.
One can’t blame the NZ Herald entirely, the article they published was a repost of a piece by the Daily Telegraph, so one could give them a pass and assume they got carried away with the Tele’s blatant no-fucks-given attitude and threw caution to the wind.
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