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Thread #118593   Message #2586216
Posted By: Fred McCormick
11-Mar-09 - 05:33 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Gallows Humour-laughing at death/disease
Subject: RE: BS: Jade Goody Jokes
Sorry Joe, relocating this thread to BS just isn't good enough. I loathe Big Brother and I loathe the cult of celebrity. And I remember the racist spat that Jade Goody got into, doubtless egged on by the media moguls who fund the show. Truth to tell, if I ever knew her, I would probably loathe Jade Goody.

Most of all, I loathe the way that this one, admittedly appalling death, is being flogged unmercifully by every newspaper in the land in the name of profit. Forget Darfur. Forget the world economic depression. Forget the facts. Forget objective journalism. It's what sells newspapers that counts.

Cancer is an appalling disease. I know, both my parents died of it. So did a lot of my relatives and friends, and there was nothing remotely funny about the way that they exited this world. The folklore of sick jokes might be a suitable subject for an academic folklore conference. But jokes about people dying of cancer are not fit for a message board like this one.