Monday, 16 February 2009

Reality TV being too real?

As I have nothing wise to report or anything witty to write about this evening, I have decided to jot down a few random thoughts about something I read about today - Jade Goody.

I don't know if any of you have been following the story of ex-Big Brother and famous-for-being-famous woman Jade Goody, who was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer and has found out she has weeks to live. This is indeed tragic, she is only 28 and will leave behind two small boys. The thing that has boggled my mind, though, is that she has said that she will allow TV crews to film her death. On one hand, it makes sense - after all, I only know about her at all because of reality TV. She was in the Indian Big Brother when she was diagnosed, and you can see the video of when she found out about her cancer on You Tube. She has also said that before she dies she wants to make as much money for her boys as she can, and filming her death may be one way to do this.

On the other hand - filming the moment that she dies? Is it tacky, tragic, or both? I hate the idea of it myself, a video of the moment you die is like the ultimate photo that you can never decide to delete after the fact. I would also be too scared of doing something terribly undignified in my last moments, but then again I would never go on Big Brother either so am clearly very different than her. I can't quite decide what I think about it, but as I said earlier the story continues to boggle my mind and leaves me very sad for her and her boys.

What do you think?


Julie said...

Good god, she's going to film her death?! Over here the only English magazines I can get are trashy gossip magazines, either that or things like the economist and that - I'd rather have a lobotomy! But I'm off track. I'm well up with what's going on with Jade Goody but this is just a little too far for my liking.

Philippa said...

What infuriates me is that a lot of ladies in the UK do not have their yearly girly tests that detect cell abnormalities which can then develop into cervical cancer if left untreated. If Jade had had those tests since the age of 18 she would likely not be in her current position. It is very, very sad that she is so ill and will die leaving her 2 boys but she could have done something to prevent this situation a long time ago. I only hope that her illness being plastered over the newspapers results in more British ladies going to their doctors for their tests.

Julie said...

What I can't understand also is that she was tested for ovarian cancer a couple of years ago, why didn't they check the cervix at the same time 'cause it's in the same general vicinity.