UPDATE: If you heard Justine Picardie on our show earlier, you might want to visit her blogsite
“I’ve lived my whole adult life talking about my life,” … “The only difference is that I’m talking about my death now. It’s OK. I’ve lived in front of the cameras. And maybe I’ll die in front of them”
Jade in this country is loved by many (even the Prime Minister has praised her) and despised by a good few. Some of the e-mails our sister station 5 Live received were shocking in their nastiness.
She’s made the decision to exploit her fame in her dying days to raise money for her boys, starting with her wedding this weekend.
Girls Aloud will sing at the ceremony which could earn Jade a million pounds.
In the past journalists John Diamond, Ruth Picardie and (an acquaintance of mine ) Oscar Moore charted their dying days in public. They were all rightly praised for their bravery and honesty and they are all much missed.
Jade isn’t being treated like that, not by everyone anyway.
Carol Midgley in the Times scorns the squeamishness of some people when it comes to dealing with Jade’s illness :
“Why should it be tucked away and camouflaged like a toilet roll beneath a crinoline doll? Why, in fact, are we obsessed with the idea of death itself being private? It is the one certainty we all have and yet we live in prissy, Botoxed denial of it. “
She wants to raise awareness of her illness and in doing so, make sure her soon to be motherless kids will have a secure financial future.
This editorial in the Times of India is concerned :
“But there is nothing personal about someone’s dying days being publicly broadcast. For instance, what sort of impact will this have on children? Birth and death are not just events. They shape much of our collective social morality about life, humanity and decency. Has our moral compass failed us so much, have we tossed away even the most basic norms of human dignity, that we are willing to consume someone’s death via television? “
So what’s the problem ? Even Shilpa Shetty is praying for her….is there anything wrong in what Jade is doing in her last days ?