Posted by: anglopole | February 21, 2009

Goody-the-braveheart or goody-two-shoes?

In the past few weeks  the word ‘goody’ dominated in many papers here, tabloids especially. The story behind the word, and, in this case, a surname too, is far from being jolly good, though.

Jade Goody has been a celebrity in the UK for a few years now and most of the time she’s been associated with scandal more than anything classically British (good manners, etc.). There was a time I was quite annoyed with her tactless comments echoed in the news and other tv shows. When someone mentioned bitching or bitches (I am not talking about dogs this time, of course), my first association was the person of Jade Goody. Big, uncontrollable gob – that’s what I used to think about her. It’s so easy to follow the media’s picture of people, isn’t it? I still think she is suffering from a ‘foot and mouth disease’= often putting her foot in her mouth 😉 , but as I follow her story, tragic as it is now, I see her more like a desperate human being than a celebrity thriving on scandal. I must say she’s coping well with the terminal stage of the cervical cancer she was diagnosed with not all that long ago. I don’t blame her for wanting to use the publicity to raise funds for her kids, really. What I am surprised with is how easy it is for the society here (and probably everywhere else) to take a u-turn in how they see a person. Last year Jade Goody nearly got banned from the country for her tactless comments read as racist here. Now, I haven’t heard a single negative comment about her. It brings a question to my mind: ‘Does one have to get ill to be heard, understood or simply accepted as they are rather than judged, condemned, mocked, etc.?’

Today, Jade Goody’s getting married. I bet it’s the gloom of leaving her loved ones behind sooner rather than later that is on her mind even now.

Jade at a jewellers
Jade at a jewellers

To many she may still be a kind of a cartoon character, someone you don’t take seriously, but joke about using the blonde kind of jokes. Yet, she is a Brtion who will surely be remembered – seh offended many but inspired some too, at least quite a number of women to have the cervical smear done.

My best wishes to you Jade!


  1. I’ve heard about this too. As someone who has lost very dear ones due to cancer, I’m sure she and her family are going through hard times.
    I guess the best we can do for all them is respect her… and put ourselves in her shoes.
    Good post, Anglopole!


  2. Nice to hear from you again, Gabriela! 🙂 Yes, putting ourselves in other people’s shoes certainly helps in being empathetic and respectful. Only how many people are ready to make the effort? It’s so much easier to be laughing at others, after all, isn’t it?


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