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Thread #118593   Message #2587881
Posted By: Richard Bridge
13-Mar-09 - 07:54 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Gallows Humour-laughing at death/disease
Subject: RE: Folklore: Gallows Humor-laughing at death/disease
We are wandering again here. Many felt heartbroken when Diana Windsor died. Not I. But the point is that that collective (if mawkish) affection and grief spawned some shocking and therefore funny jokes.

Jade Goody seems to attract no similar collective affection (and if so I'm with the majority in that regard) - so the tartness of comment is replaced by mere vulgarity and the humour is lost (although some of the Jack Tweedy ones are a little more piquant).

As for either deserving to die with dignity - they chose to live their lives in the glare of publicity (both became very rich on it) and it seems to me can hardly complain if dying as they have lived. It goes with the turf, in the cult of celebrity.   Goody indeed has chosen for money reasons to die a public spectacle.   Her choice.