Sunday, February 15, 2009

JADE GOODY

Most of you are probably unaware of this young woman. She came to fame on one of the Big Brother series. Her fame increased when she was in a celebrity version of said show. She was accused (wrongly I feel) of racism. There was a Bollywood movie actress on with her and they got into an argument. Ms Goody called her Miss PopaDom. For this she was sacked, vilified in the press, and became Enemy No 1.

This was really all about class snobbery. Ms Goody came from a very humble background. What Americans would call 'white trash'. (No one pointed out how utterly condescending Ms Shilpa Shetty had been to ms Goody on the show. Nor the fact that Ms Goody had been referred to as White Trash)

During this, I was disgusted to witness a serious discussion with a panel of well respected journalists who ripped Ms Goody apart. They called her ugly, common, thick. They were appalling. One of them was Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and I was shocked and disgusted by her. I had up until then had great respect for her and her championing of the downtrodden and her anti racist stance. Yet she not only did not stop this offensive tirade against Ms Goody but was part of it.

Ms Jade Goody is 27 years old and has two children. She has just a couple of months left to live. She has terminal cancer. No, it it is not a publicity stunt. This is real. Facebook is playing host to some vile and vicious people who are actively wishing her death to be long and painful. They have even formed their own groups to cheer her suffering on.


This type of thing makes me want to abandon my own principles and do some damage. Instead, I try to become more aware of the light.
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