Fozzy wrote:I never thought Princess Diana was the living saint depicted after her death, but I have to say I can't recall seeing her on television repeatedly spitting racist abuse into the face of another woman. What is comparable, however, is the way that, after her death, the papers artfully forgot about all the column inches they had devoted to slagging her off, in just the same way as they are doing with Jade Goody.
I've got to question whether you actually saw the programme in question? The only comment which could be interpretated as racist was the "Shilpa Poppadom" comment which was more Juvenile than knowingly racist. What I saw was fellow contestants (Shilpa being amongst the worst) and the media taking every opportunity to mock 'Jade the Chav'!.
Jade was childish, sometimes agressive and would rise to the bait easily yet would find difficulty articulating herself, but thats all. The supposed public 'outcry' over racism was little different to the Ross/Brand situation. If the general public and the media actually gave a shit about racism they would be protesting about the The Mail wouldn't they?! (Also compare the complaint figures for that episode of BB to complaints lodged for the broadcast of the BNP advertsiments!)
Truth is, this was an opportunity to bash what many deemed the face of Britains 'underclass'. Uneducated, loud and vulgar, a mixed race and absent father, raised on benefits in a one parent household, alcoholic mother, father dead from a drugs OD etc Jade came from a very troubled and difficult background and unfortunately for her she unknowingly became the real life Vicky Pollard (a character dreamt up by two smug middleclass gradutes), someone to laugh at, someone to mock and insult.
The whole situation told me nothing about the public's view of racism but did reaffirm for me that classism runs very deep in this country.