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Jade Goody Celebrity Cancer Live: Gordon Brown, Girls Aloud And The Grim Reaper

by | 19th, February 2009

Jade Goody Live Celebrity Cancer Watch: Gordon Brown Cares, Girls Aloud Weep And Cancer Scares.

BBC: “Tweed speaks out over sick Goody”

The BBC would never broadcast a live celebrity death would it? No, of course not. Never…

Jade Goody’s fiance Jack Tweed has revealed how he is feeling ahead of his wedding to the reality TV star, who has terminal cancer.

During a series of documentaries for Living, Tweed said: “It’s weird, but it’s like a film, I’m happy, but then I’m sad, obviously.”

Like a film, and he’s got a speaking role. Who’s writing the script?

A Living spokeswoman said the star’s health had been the channel’s “number one concern” during filming.

Sure. That is how the show is being sold: Watch Jade Goody get sick and – maybe – die. Live!

Says Jack:

“Even if I have to drag her down there, she’ll be down that aisle.”

The Sun: “Jade Goody has saved our lives”

Her story has created a “Jade Effect” where many other young women who were ignoring symptoms or avoiding their smear appointment have visited their doctors and gone ahead with the test.

The number of women who have smears has gone up by more than 20 per cent as a result of the publicity around her case.

Scare story triggers health concerns – read all about it!

So today Sun Woman launches Jade’s Legacy — a campaign with her backing — to raise cervical cancer awareness and to get the screening age in England lowered from 25 back down to 20.

Why does the age of screening need to be lowered? Haven’t medics looked at figures and come up with 25 as the appropriate age to begin screening? What has the Sun discovered in its clinical trials and studies?

Sign our petition to lower the age of screenings by clicking on the link below.

The Sun has discovered that if you tap into the zeitgeist you can make yourself the centre of the story. All you need to know is hereunder surmised:

Jade, who was too ill to speak to The Sun yesterday, passed on her seal of approval through her agent.

So sign the petition. Join the cause. And read the small print:

The NHS raised the screening age in England from 20 to 25 in 2004 after a study by Cancer Research UK found that cervical cancer is very rare in teenage girls.

And:

Julietta Patnick, director of NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, said: “Abnormalities in the cervix are very common in that age group. We think screening at that age would lead to more harm than good.”

Sign up now!

The Sun: “I want to see fields… take me home”

SUCKING a “lollipop” of painkillers, Jade Goody was wheeled from her cancer hospital to an ambulance yesterday — after the dying Big Brother star begged: “Please take me home.”

The brave bride-to-be — who has been given just weeks to live — declared: “I’ve had enough here. I want to see grass and rolling fields.”

And then:

She went home as PM Gordon Brown yesterday paid tribute to her, declaring: “The whole country will be worried and anxious about her health.”

The politician suckles at the celebrity nipple.

Jade wants Girls Aloud to sing at the bash. Nadine Coyle — due to fly to Los Angeles the next day — was last night desperately trying to rearrange the trip. A spokesman for her and bandmates Cheryl Cole, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh said: “They are keen to make it happen.”

There’s an album in this, a charity record and a cause…

The Sun: “Ask Dr Keith”

What Jade’s tragedy teaches us about caring for the dying

Is it that money helps stave off the pain and the worry for those left behind?

Terminal care is all about cancer.

That’s the old-fashioned view. But palliative care is now available for other illnesses where the outlook is bleak — such as severe heart failure, Aids and motor neurone disease. Hopefully, Jade Goody will get the palliative care she needs.

The Macmillan nurses are available to one and all. It is they who are the brave.

The Independent: “Matthew Norman: Cancer patients are always ‘brave’. In Jade’s case, it’s true”

Adding:

The reality TV star has every right to die as she has lived

So says the judges.

She is “Brave Jade” now, where once she was “Vile Jade”. The process of sanctification has matched the speed with which the cancer spread through her body.

Brave is tabloidese for no chance.

The thing about Jade is, there is no need to confer the automatic epithet on her final days. She has her private moments too, albeit fewer perhaps than anyone in modern history, so for all we know she sobs pitiably throughout each night, offering God the traditional deal whereby she will devote the rest of her days to good works if He will only make this horror go away. And if she does, that wouldn’t diminish by a fraction the courage that has defined her brief but extraordinary life.

Why speculate about what Jade Goody thinks when you can watch the show?

“…like Churchill she just kept buggering on.”

Jane Churchill?

If she is also an emblem of vulgarity, then death itself, like birth, is immutably vulgar regardless of the craving to sanitise it on grounds of petit bourgeois good taste.

Norman talks of John Diamond, the writer who chronicled his own death. But, like Goody, he knew how to work the media. It’s as if without the celebrities death would not exist for mere readers, who mark our lives by the EastEnders schedule and vicarious living.

Here’s your invitation to Jade’s wedding in OK! Magazine. Wear a hat. It’s good to get out the house…

The Times: “Dying Jade Goody’s wedding could earn her £1m”

Did she sort out her tax affairs?

It is understood that she will earn about £700,000 from OK! magazine, which has also secured the rights to pictures of her sons’ christening, and about £100,000 from Living TV. She is also in talks to take part in an interview with Piers Morgan, the former editor of the Daily Mirror, for ITV.

The Times – Carol Midgley: “Jade Goody: why resent the brutal reality show that her dying has become? In her recent interviews she has displayed a wisdom never apparent in all those frivolous TV shows”

In the queue at WH Smith I stood next to a teenage girl who was craning her neck to see a front-page newspaper picture of the bald, tumour-riddled young woman that is Jade Goody.

“Ugh, don’t read it, it’s too awful,” said her mother, pulling her away. At the till they bought a bitchy celebrity magazine.

Good. Escapism is good. No?

God, what strange creatures are human beings. That a mother will happily buy her daughter a publication that mocks females for being anything less than physically perfect, circling every sweat patch, ogling every boob job, crowing over every bingo wing, yet shields her from the reality of cervical cancer, which affects 3,000 women a year in the UK, shows how upended our values have become. If it was my teenage daughter I know what I’d rather she read. And it wouldn’t be the publication that suggests that women are unsightly slatterns if they edge beyond a size 10.

Aren’t other parents just, well, so pathetic.

This is what terminal cancer looks like. Why should it be tucked away and camouflaged like a toilet roll beneath a crinoline doll? Why, in fact, are we obsessed with the idea of death itself being private? It is the one certainty we all have and yet we live in prissy, Botoxed denial of it.

Are we? Or do we nurse our parents, our grandparents, ourselves? Do we look as our loved ones die, often painfully? Is not religion based on death and what happens next? Death is all around us. If you stop and think about it you might stop living…

Daily Star: “WE’LL SING AT JADE’S WEDDING”

GIRLS Aloud have vowed to sing at the wedding of cancer-battling Jade Goody.

The pop babes, who starred at last night’s BRIT awards, have been moved to tears by brave Jade’s plight.

The superstar girlband – Jade’s all-time favourites – are desperate to perform for the terminally ill former Big Brother star and her hundreds of guests.

Daily Express: “JADE: I’LL BE BRIGHTEST STAR IN SKY”

And in moving scenes Jade is seen accepting the news that her cancer has spread – and preparing to say goodbye to sons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four.

“Whenever you want to see me, look up in the sky and I’ll be the biggest, brightest star up there,” she tells her family.

But what does Jade think of it all?

“I don’t wanna just stop filming halfway through because my hair’s falling out,” Jade says in the film. What inspiration is that to anybody? What determination is that to anybody? It’s a diary for myself, to see how bad I was and how better I get and it’s for other people… I’m not the only person on the planet going through it.”

Would anyone dying of cancer spend their time watching Jade Goody on the telly? Personal experience says not. Is it inspirational, or just aspirational?

Daily Mirror: “Jade Goody goes home to prepare for her wedding”

Jade’s former Big Brother rival Shilpa Shetty has told how the mum of two invited her to her funeral. Indian film star Shilpa said: “When we spoke she sounded strong and invited me to her wedding. After our chit-chat, she casually invited me for her funeral. It’s heart-wrenching.”

Will Shilpa dare not to attend?

The Scotsman: “PM praises dying Jade Goody’s £1m wedding deals ‘to help her family’”

Andrew Jones, a lecturer in journalism at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, described Goody as a “creation of the British media” who had allowed herself to be exploited.

He said broadcasting in the UK was undergoing a “crisis of confidence” in knowing what was acceptable television.

“I think there is something inherently distasteful about following someone’s final hours… but this has been done with her consent.

“There’s an insatiable interest in this woman’s life… and there will always be an audience to follow her to her last breath.

“The problem is we have a real struggle in knowing when enough is enough.”

The search for the next Jade Goody begins…



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