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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Jade Goody's India connection

Trust the Times of India to put news of national importance on the front page: Jade Goody has been evicted from Celebrity Big Brother, clearly a triumph of Good over Evil, or at least Good over Goody, as my room-mate in Jaipur, young Jabberwock, put it.

And has there been a more earth-shattering headline of late than "Shh! Jade Goody has an India connection"? I can't resist quoting a paragraph from that:
She [Goody] endorses a perfume brand called Shh, whose bottles are made in a Gujarat plant. The bottle production has come to a halt following her remarks on actor Shilpa Shetty, unflattering references to India and disturbing public queries about how Indians could eat with their hands when they knew where their fingers have been to. Also, it has come to light that the Indian tourism department’s invitation to her to visit India was unnecessary as she was here in April 2006 to tour the factory. More curious is the claim of some employees of the bottle manufacturer that her father is a black man.
Entire books can be written about this immense saga. Indeed, I worry that they will be.

My previous post on this subject: "Shilpa Shetty and Celebrity Big Brother."
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