So now we all know what should have been abundantly clear from the start. Jade Goody really is as ugly on the inside as she is on the outside.
Goody was the winner of the first British Big Brother series in 2000. After being accused of racist bullying of an Indian housemate during the newest series, in which she returned to the reality show, Goody faces a public backlash and her "career" is in jeopardy. Public-relations guru Max Clifford summed it up neatly: "Ironically, the programme that made her could be the programme that breaks her."
"I'm not racist, but I can see why it has had the impact it's had," Goody said in her weak defense. "I look like one of those people I don't like." Actually, Jade, funny you should say that, because you look like one of those people I don't like either. It literally hurts to look at you. Please save your crocodile tears.
Quite apart from the utter ridiculousness of marketing a perfume named after her — Goody is not exactly the symbol of haute coiture, is she? — and her own workout video, which was a total cheat, the larger question that deserves to be asked is why did she become a celebrity in the first place?
To paraphrase Oscar Wilde, it must be that reality TV — Big Brother in particular — is the curse of the moronic class. Then again, to a population who live on fried chicken, McDonald's, and kebabs every night after drinking twenty pints, and think sentences shuld b speld like ths, a television program in which a bunch of nobodies with nothing profound to contribute to society and with nothing useful to say was bound to be a hit.
Hardly a surprise that the partly state-funded Channel 4, on which Big Brother airs and which appeals to young people with a permanent expression of "duh" on their eczema-encrusted faces, would assert that there was no racism in the latest series of BB, despite a record 21,000 complaints and the testimony of the bullied contestant Shilpa Shetty. Indeed, Channel 4 has been perfectly happy to cash in on the whole ugly spectacle.
Shetty is a Bollywood actress and is popular in her native India. Three white female contestants — Jade Goody, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O'Meara — have called Shetty names, including the inaccurate slur "Paki," mocked her accent and, in Lloyds' case, refused to eat a chicken that Shetty fixed for dinner because she "didn't know where her fingers had been."