Etailer flogs signed Jade Goody biog for £1,000
Sun less than impressed with eBay punt
Updated The Sun is less than impressed with this auction down at tat bazaar eBay punting a signed Jade Goody autobiography for a cool £1,000:
According to Essex-based vendor Post Packet UK Ltd, half of the cash raised will benefit Cancer Research, but a source "close to Jade" told the redtop: “Some people are just sick. How can you take something so tragic and make money from it? They are just heartless, callous and greedy. They are making thousands from Jade’s illness and will probably make even more from her death.”
A spokeswoman for Post Packet retaliated: “She has no dignity. She is exploiting herself for cash and we are only doing the same. We are not doing anything illegal.”
The cash-in-while-you-can industry has gone into eBay Jade Goody overdrive in anticipation of her imminent death from cervical cancer, with current listings encompassing gift sets, perfume and OK! magazine collectibles.
While sellers fall over each other to get their snouts in the trough, Goody's publicist Max Clifford noted: “Jade wants to make as much money as she can so her boys can have the best education and future. There has been a huge increase in the numbers of women going for a cervical smear test because of her."
He concluded: “The online companies can only answer for themselves.” ®
Post Packet updated the auction this morning and now says it's donating 100 per cent of the proceeds to charity.
Basic needs vs. public hypocrisy
Like her or not, Jade is a marketable commodity precisely because people are willing to pay up for info, gossip and pictures. Even if it is only to throw their hands up in unironic horror at the commercial exploitation of it all.
Jade is not bright. She is poorly educated. She is not talented. Nor is she particularly likeable. None of these things deserve the pillorying she has received in the press over the years, but she has clearly learned to exploit the public's prurient interest in her. If she wants to maximise the potential earnings from her death in order to provide for her family after she's gone, good luck to her. She hadn't had many of life's advantages before she became famous, and she's getting really short-changed now she's a celebrity. Let her make the most of what little she has and let's save all our hand-wringing hypocrisy for some other hate object for a while.
If you support one person's right to die with dignity, you have to support another's right to die without it.
televised cancer for all!
while it's interesting to see how much longer it is going to be before jade goody finally croaks, i can't understand why she gets to be on tv and every other average joe with cancer has to suffer with it and not get to be on tv...
either, jade goody should never have been allowed on tv (i don't mean ever) or everyone in the world who has and does (and will) suffer with cancer should have their own channel on sky.
it isn't going to happen... begone jade... and leave the money to a better cause, like... hmmm, cancer research?
Re: RE Sarah Bee 14:58 GMT
What case was that? That I don't know anything about normal people's experience of cancer? Or what?
Since I've earned a modicum of your respect, though, maybe I should quit while I'm ahead - wouldn't want to lose that precious commodity, would I?