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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A few quid here, a few quid there

I don't like Big Brother, either the cretins who appear on it or the sub-intelligent morons who watch it.

But, sometimes, something bigger comes along to make the hatred of what is just a game show at the end of the day seem a little bit insignificant.

From the BBC:

Brown 'applauds' Goody's attitude

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has expressed his sympathies for reality TV star Jade Goody, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

He said people should "applaud her determination to help her family", by selling the media rights to her wedding this weekend.

The former Big Brother contestant's plight was "very sad and tragic", he told his monthly press conference.

Ms Goody, 27, has been told she has only a few months to live.

OK! magazine has bought exclusive rights to Sunday's ceremony for £700,000 and Living TV has paid £100,000 to broadcast it.

Ms Goody has decided to use money to ensure her sons are looked after.

Mr Brown said: "It's very sad and tragic that such a young woman has this cancer.

"It's very sad indeed that the treatment has not been successful."

He added: "Her determination to help her family is something that we have got to applaud and I wish her family well."

As someone who has personally had a taste of the treatment Ms Goody has been through recently I can say I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. Fortunately, I never even got close to understanding how it must feel to be told you've only got months to live.

So, being the caring mother that she is, she decides to make sure her kids are looked after in the future. Nothing wrong in that at all, and the £800k should help, if only in financial terms.

But, what is it exactly she is "famous" for ? How can she suddenly command nearly a million pounds at such short notice ?

Not a lot, just another example of the celebrity (and I use the word liberally) culture we live in.

I'm not going to slag off Jade Goody, fair play to her and good luck to her family in the future.

But, what about the other families in similar circumstances ? What about the hundreds of other women going through the same ordeal who won't even get close to accruing a similar financial lifeline.

If you want to buy OK! magazine for the photo-shoot, or watch the live coverage, then that's fine by me.

But while you're doing it, think about the others going through exactly the same hardships.

Put your hand in your pocket and go here, here or here.

That's all, serious mode, off.


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