Sunday, January 21, 2007

Jade Goody - Big Brother

It has been hard to miss this news about Ms Goody and her supposed racism. Racism is to be abhorred but so it any form of bigotry. It seems that snobbery and classism are not only allowed but revelled in.

I have found the coverage appalling.

The covergae has smacked, very clearly, of bigotry. Towards Ms Goody and white working class people in general.

The very people who are condemning rascism(rightly) are showing the very same intolerance, bigotry and mean spiritedness that they are decrying. Shameful hypocrisy.

On BBC NEWS 24- DATELINE today, one panel member referred to the white working clases as 'stupid and ignorant' and Ms Goody as ugly. The piece was introduced by describing Ms Goody as 'spectacularly dim witted'.
Most of the comments I have read about Ms Goody have been about her 'common' background, her lack of education, her stupidity, her working class roots. It has been an appalling display of bigotry. It has all been condoned too. Even those so called intellectuals on Dateline didn't see their own bigotry.

I think that the whole attack on Ms Goody has been informed by jealousy and bigotry. Jealousy and anger because how dare a 'common little trollope' become rich and famous?!!
Bigotry due to her 'class' and manner of speaking.

And it seems that Mr Jackson is allowed to refer to Ms Goody and her family as 'white trash' and to refer to her being 'common' without any form of reproach from anyone.

From the moment Ms Shetty walked into that house, she looked down her nose at Ms Goody and made her feel worthless. It is not surprising that Ms Goody reacted the way she did. She was made to feel not good enough. When people feel shamed in this way they are likely to react and react in a way that is not helpful and makes them look bad.


I feel desperately sad for her. She has been fed to the mob. It disgusts me.

Last years Big Brother displayed much bullying and bad behaviour. However it was homophobic bullying so no such commotion was caused. In fact, it got ignored.....

4 comments:

Patricia said...

Like 99% of all so-called Reality Shows (really a cheap way for networks to provide "entertainment" without the expense of paying real actors, writers, directors and film crews their due) this show seems hardly worth your viewing time. I did a brief search and found it to be designed to bring out the worst in the contestant and to upset the viewer. Personally, here in the US, I watch almost none of them (exceptions being Project Runway and possibly Project: Top Design). There are many better ways to entertain ourselves, and every time we watch we vote FOR that show and shows like it.

Jill said...

We have a lot of this going on in the states as well.

I'm sure you've heard about the whole Rosie/Trump war. They are both being immature and petty but until Donald Trump no one called Rosie out on her constant hypocritical behavior.

Tolerance shouldn't be one sided.

I stared reading your blog (and lurking) to look at your knits, but I'm really enjoying your commentary on social issues too!

Jenn said...

I agree.... last years celeb big bro was so much worse in the bullying of each other and NOTHING was said... and this year she wasnt racists... I found Danielle and Jo to be WORSE and NOTHING was really said about them two.. and like you said others made comments (such as Jackson) and NOTHING was said to them...

Anonymous said...

I totally agree, far worse on other years or on ordinary Big Brother, think of the water throwing by Grace
The Media have always liked to pull Jade apart, uneducated she maybe, but at least she tries to educate herself because she knows her failings, but do some of the others on that show?
We are manipulated by the editing, and I am alsmost certain the whle thing is rigged.
The media is very hypocritical, talk about kick someone when they are down, isnt that bully tactics?
J