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Oh Goody

What is wrong with the world?

I recently witnessed all the media hype around Jane Goody and her final days. And I’m afraid to say, I felt disgusted instead of sympathetic. Parky seems to agree with me.

I fail to comprehend how she was suddenly treated like some kind of saint or martyr. I fail to see how she was even promoting awareness for cervical cancer considering she was not really raising any money for it nor seemingly spreading any awareness about the same. In my opinion, it was a shameless way of ending her life the same way she had lived it…by wanting that 15 minutes of fame. I am not one to speak ill of the dead but hearing news about her every single day made my stomach churn. Watching her funeral being shown on the news made me nauseous. And finally, having the prime minister of Britain talk about her like some kind of saint…well, that was the last straw.

Now, if she really wanted to spread awareness of cervical cancer, I doubt she would have wanted her wedding aired or have the money for the ‘exclusive’ pictures. All in all, it was nothing but a circus. A sham.

Millions of men and women die of some form of cancer every day. You don’t see them shamelessly parading every aspect of their final days. We had the likes of Jane McGrath and Belinda Emmett who did heaps to promote breast cancer awareness but died in a dignified manner with their families rather than the reality-crazed world watching their every breath.

As harsh as it may sound, I stand by my view.

It is possible that it’s because I hate reality television (Big Brother type shows) and all that it stands for. Mindless rubbish.

But is this what the world is coming to? Are we going to have to see more and more Jane Goodys strut their stuff and have the whole world following it without even thinking critically??

Idiocracy is a high possibility.

Until next time,


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  • tearsndreams
    10 April 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Hey……I disagree! Totally!
    All your posts so far, I kept nodding in agreement and have a neck sprain now!
    She did it for her children. To give them opportunities she never had.
    I would shamelessly sell my death for my daughter. I would shamelessly beg for mercy for her. I would shamelessly do things that I otherwise can’t imagine myself doing.
    I would happy die for her.
    Thats what it was about. Now they will have the opportunities she never did.
    Regarding awareness, that was just a by product of a young death. A lot of women got scared, thats all!

  • Psych Babbler
    11 April 2009 at 11:43 am

    @ tearsanddreams: I heard later that she did it for her children. However, if that were the case, why spend heaps on a wedding? I mean seriously, if a person cared about saving money for their children, an expensive wedding would not be required. And lol about the nexk sprain…looks like I gave you a chance to heal it! πŸ˜› I don’t mind you disagreeing, by the way…just so you know. πŸ™‚

  • Pesto Sauce
    11 April 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I so agree with you, infact people like Jade Goody & Rakhi Sawant will do anything for a few minutes of fame

  • Smita
    12 April 2009 at 8:04 am

    All I ud say is that I agree with you…

    We are emotional fools and media knows how to play with it…

  • Little Girl Lost
    14 April 2009 at 8:54 am

    I can’t tell you how much i agree PB. what an ugly, cheap way to die… britain is really ruled by this tabloid culture.

  • puresunshine
    14 April 2009 at 11:14 am

    i agree with u! it seemed like everyone was waiting for her to die! Nice looking blog!

  • Psych Babbler
    17 April 2009 at 4:29 am

    @ Pesto: Yea…it’s pathetic!

    @ Smita: Yeah, the media do play with emotions and it’s getting worse by the day the manner in which they sensationalise every damn thing!

    @ Little Girl: I think we can safely say it’s not just Britain but the entire world that has access to YouTube and TV!

    @ Puresunshine: Welcome to my blog and thanks for the compliment! πŸ™‚