Sir Michael Parkinson has attacked the media’s treatment of Jade Goody, saying:
“When we clear the media smokescreen from around her death, what we’re left with is a woman who came to represent all that’s paltry and wretched about Britain today.
“She was brought up on a sink estate, as a child came to know both drugs and crime, was barely educated, ignorant and puerile.
“Then she was projected to celebrity by Big Brother and, from that point on, became a media chattel to be manipulated and exploited till the day she died,” he said.
The broadcaster added it was not the fact that Goody became famous in the first place that bothered him: “What bothers me is that the media first of all recommended we hate Jade Goody.
“‘A slapper with a face like a pig’; ‘the most hated woman in Britain’, remember? And shortly thereafter tried to persuade us to celebrate her.”
He said Goody was “the perfect victim of our times…brought up in a cesspit of poverty and died to an orchestrated chorus of exploitation”.
“All that is to be wished of such a troubled soul is: rest in peace,” he concluded.
I couldn’t agree more.