Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I know many of you have no idea who Jade Goody is, but she is a reality star in the UK who became famous one year on their Big Brother. Last year she became infamous for making some racist jokes about an East Indian and was vilified by the British and Indian public. Well, to make amends she entered the Celebrity Indian Big Brother House two days ago, and then was told live on the internet in front of millions of people today she has cervical cancer.
The way they told her was they had her go into the interview room and had her speak to her agent and her doctor who passed along the results of the test. She then broke down and immediately left the House.
Now, the producers say they will not air the footage on the television broadcast, but everyone who has a computer and was streaming online already saw the footage and watched it happen live. Was that really necessary? Are you telling me that there is no way those cameras can't be shut off? If you are not going to air it, then why film it? You must have known what was going to be said before she went in there. So, why not stop the cameras and let her decide whether or not she wants to share the news with the world.
Now, the cynic in me is really glad there was a doctor who was involved in this conversation with her, because if it had just been her agent, I would have thought perhaps the fix was in. Jade has had three other cancer scares, despite which she still drinks like a fish and is constantly abusing her body. She was immensely popular in the UK before her racist comments and as a result of those comments lost a bunch of endorsements. Now, she goes into the Indian Big Brother House to pay her bills and support her kids and wham, two days later she gets the cancer announcement. Now, the Indian people will be sympathetic, and love her. Sharon Stone of course would say it is karma, but that's why Sharon Stone has no hope of a career anymore.
I choose to not be a cynic in this case and pass along my best wishes to Jade and her kids.