Celebrity shit.

For anyone who doesn't live in the UK, this person is Jade Goody and she sums up what is so very wrong with Britain's culture in a few very important ways.

Jade rose to fame in Big Brother, I forget which one because I only watched the first one, as being possibly the most stupid person ever to be seen on reality TV. Quotes from Ms Goody while in Big Brother include "Do they speak Portuganese in Portugal? I thought Portugal was in Spain." and "The Union Jack is for all of us, but the St George is just for London, isn't it?" . A remarkable triumph of education I'm sure I'll agree. Instead of disappearing into obscurity when she came out of the Big Brother House, Jade's star rose and rose. She got writing columns in crappy women's mags (presumably ghost written and spell checked by someone literate) and presenting jobs. She appeared on 'Celebrity Wife Swap', she had some children with another perma-tanned reality TV person whose name I've forgotten and she made an absolute fortune. In short, she was the epitomy of a new phenomenon – idiot worship, the raising up to celebrity status of a semi-literate dimwit who has no discernable talent or skill and who is famous for , well, being famous. Paris Hilton is another one although I doubt very much that she's as stupid as she makes out, which to my mind only makes the whole thing worse. Now intelligence is being touted as very much secondary to looks and ability to get on the telly and more and more young kids are listing 'be famous' as their ultimate career aim. Not 'be famous for achieving something' or 'be famous for my music' or whatever, just 'be famous'. Kids have now realised that the easiest way to big money is not to be clever and work hard, it's to be stupid and get on TV, just like Jade which is really, really crap. And it doesn't even last, they love to build 'em up and pull 'em down which is exactly what happened to Ms Goody. She appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, with, among others, Shilpa Shetty, a Bollywood actress and clearly the two didn't hit it off. Shetty kept fairly quiet and didn't shout but Jade behaved exactly as you would expect a pig ignorant chav to behave, she did exactly what the tabloid press had always lapped up before, behaving like an utter plank. She shouted, she heckled Shetty, she called her stupid names then eventually she made some very ill advised racially based remarks and it all went very wrong for her. The tabloids branded her a racist bully and called for her to be banned from TV, she got death threats, contracts were pulled and through it all you saw pictures and clips of a sobbing, bewildered girl who was too daft to understand why they'd loved her loutish, ignorant behaviour one moment and ripped her to shreds for it the next, she just hadn't got the brains to see or understand the boundaries and the press knew that but pulling her to bits sold papers and so they carried on. What they couldn't see was that their building up and pulling down of Jade said a lot about them too, about their fickleness and their ruthlessness. When the furore died down and she hadn't done anything interesting for a while, Jade pretty much disappeared.

But now she's back. She's across every tabloid, she's in magazines, she's made the news, the Prime Minister has mentioned her,she's done something that will sell newspapers again. What has she done? She's got cancer. Yes, the tabloids have taken her up again because not only has she got cancer, which in itself was pretty newsworthy, she's got terminal cancer which for them is even better because it's got 'ill celeb' and 'young person dying' all rolled into one. There aren't words to describe how sick it all is. Every aspect has been sold, her diagnosis, a documentary following her having treatment, umpteen 'Brave Jade's Cancer Hell' articles. Satan's Little Helper also known as PR twat Max Clifford has been brought in to stage-manage the whole thing, presumably to make sure she doesn't fuck up by saying something stupid and blow this tremendous money making opportunity. Jade's cancer is a gravy train for a lot of people. I don't blame her for selling all she can, she's got kids and she's trying to make as much as she can before she dies so she can leave them well provided for. Good luck to her, I hope she makes plenty out of it because a lot of other people are. No, the people I blame are the public, who are devouring every aspect of this girl's losing battle with cancer. What the fuck is wrong with people? Why do they want to read this? Why do they stare blankly at a documentary of her having chemotherapy like it's some sort of fucking soap opera? It isn't, it's real and this person is hurting. She's riddled with cancer and she's dying, how in the name of god can that be touted as 'entertainment'? It's the same vile fascination that led to photographers in Paris taking pics of Princess Diana as she was dying in the car, they knew the pics would sell for a fortune because people WANTED to see it. Why? It's sick, it's wrong and it shows a society that has been utterly desensitised until someone else's pain and suffering is just another entertainment to fill a few minutes of the day. When you look at this it's not hard to see that the veneer of civilisation is pretty bloody thin in places.


UPDATE:  this was the headline article in The Sun this morning. Words truly fail me, it's unusual but it's true. I cannot describe how utterly tasteless this is and frankly any journalist involved in the creation of it should hang their head in shame because they are a disgrace to their so-called profession. And that's before I even get started on how the paparazzi were able to get to Jade's house before the paramedics and how they knew the paramedics were going there in the first place.

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8 Responses

  1. [esto es genial]

  2. Cheers Brennig. This fascination with celebrities baffles me. It's not natural.

  3. Meanwhile, other worthy souls, who have contributed greatly to the human condition, shuffle off without a murmur from the tabloids. As you say, Vicola, sick.

  4. "idiot worship" Wonderful summary of the whole spectrum of celebrity adoration.I often wonder who buys the rows and rows of magazines in the newsagents with celeb pics on the cover alongside headlines of utter trivia.Some grubby photographer apparently got a million bucks for a single photo of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. And half the world doesn't have enough food to eat.Sometimes you've just got to wonder about the intelligence of humans.

  5. oh so true – idiot worship. All part of the dumbing down process that we are allowing to be enacted upon us.

  6. Word is the Samaritans are going to launch a special 'Jadeline' when she dies – it's for the tabloid journos who'll actually have to do some work reporting real fucking news for a change. I wouldn't wish it on her, but the hypocrisy of the press about Saint Jade is really irritating.D

  7. They did it over Princess Di as well, one minute she was a loose-knickered trollop flaunting her bits and bats on yachts with dodgy Egyptians, the next minute she was second only to the Virgin Mary in terms of purity and goodness. I sometimes wonder what the hell goes on in their heads and I wonder even more about the numb-nuts that buy and devour this shite.

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