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Jade Goody

Notorious Reality TV Star Jade Goody Lived, and May Die, On Camera

February 20, 2009 06:52 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
After she was diagnosed with terminal cancer, British reality TV star Jade Goody managed to make deals that will increase her wealth—if not, alas, her longevity.

TV Reality Star Faces Death on Film

Her low-class behavior proved to be embarrassing to some Brits after she stumbled (literally) into fame with her appearance on the 2002 reality TV show “Big Brother.” Her references to Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty as “Shilpa Poppadom” when the two appeared on “Celebrity Big Brother” provoked global accusations of racism. But Jade Goody’s diagnosis of cervical cancer has actually inspired women to seek testing for the disease in record numbers—Time magazine reports that screenings in the U.K. are now up to 21 percent. Goody, who says that she always been committed to sharing her life with the public, is now wondering what it will be like to die in front of the camera. Meanwhile, her boyfriend proposed to her in the hospital and she plans to marry him on Sunday. She has TV deals in the works to monetize her remaining days.

Goody received her initial diagnosis in August 2008 while filming “Bigg Boss,” an Indian version of the reality TV show “Big Brother”; when she learned last Friday that the disease was terminal, she decided to go public with her death. Scottish newspaper The Herald reported that she knew her willingness to die on camera would get a mixed reception, but that her impending death made her not care about anyone’s opinion. She also said that her primary motivation for all her actions is ensuring that her two young sons will be adequately cared for.

Opinion & Analysis: Goody has done a service

Allison Pearson of the Daily Mail wrote that while Goody’s decision to open her life to the media was questionable, she had done the right thing in trying to provide for her sons. And Pearson admitted that Goody had inspired her to think about her own health.

The Guardian credits Goody with forcing a “hedonistic culture” to confront death and illness. The editorial argues that the modern world has tried to ignore death, and that we have lost the mourning rituals of the past. Goody has given us permission to break the silence.

Related Topic: Goody inspires health controversy

Goody has been praised for drawing attention to the issue of cervical cancer in the past months, but her openness has also inspired a charity organization to do battle with Britain’s National Health Service. A organization called Marie Stopes International is now asking the NHS to lower the age of cervical screenings from 30 to 25 in the U.K. In other countries, screenings start at age 20. The 27-year-old Goody’s battle has raised significant concern about screenings for many young women.

Reference: Women’s health and cancer information

The findingDulcinea Women’s Health Web Guide has important resources for women to monitor and take responsibility for their health. The findingDulcinea Cancer Web Guide can help you and your loved ones learn about the disease if you are diagnosed.

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