There’s little debate that Jade Goody had a hugely positive impact on cervical cancer screening rates in the UK (up in the region of 25 per cent), but on whether hers was a life and a success to aspire to and to celebrate, there’s strong disagreement. Her untimely death has brought that debate to the front of many of your minds.
Is making a living from fame something that should be celebrated? Many children see being famous as being preferable to being a doctor or teacher? Does that worry you? Or should the fact that Jade made a huge amount of money off the back of a disrupted childhood and poor education be an inspiration?
Is fame offering a new route out of poverty, or just a dream which only the smallest of minorities will fulfil?
And should we be putting as much emphasis as possible on people succeeding because of a genuine talent they have, rather than the fame they’ve achieved with the help of the media?