Jade Goody - what the commentators said

LONDON (Reuters) - Jade Goody’s very public life and imminent death have prompted widespread comment. Here are some examples:

Reverend David Wilkinson of St John’s College at Durham University.

“Would I condemn individuals like Jade for her celebrity career? No I wouldn’t. She is a bright woman who has taken the opportunities our culture has given her. I think it says something about Western culture, where the stress is on the individual -- a culture that lives its hopes and fears through the medium of television.”

Adrian Monck, head of journalism at City University of London, said the tabloid tragedy of Goody’s existence had dominated news coverage because her story was “intellectually and culturally fascinating, and compelling emotionally.”

“She has been created by reality TV and I suppose the model of her celebrity is fairly modern in how it has come about.

“She resonates with people. You do not see this kind of person on television.”

Columnist Deborah Orr in The Independent.

“Jade Goody was, and is, for populist light entertainment. Yet there is no populist light entertainment in watching a young woman succumb to metastasising cellular chaos. The fun has stopped now, if any of it was ever fun at all.

“It is grotesque when a person whose life has been bought and sold as soap opera, learns that the script is inescapable, and millions are still watching.”

Columnist Liz Hunt in the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

“The truth is that reality television, which gave us the worst of her, is now giving us the best.”

She praised Goody’s “instinct for survival, and aspiration -- that most middle-class of virtues.”

Columnist Allison Pearson in The Daily Mail.

“I may have questioned the wisdom of Jade treating the media as her confidantes in her final days ... but I have nothing but respect for her decision to accumulate enough money for the boys to enjoy the very best education.”

Columnist Matthew Norman in The Independent.

“Her decision to sell her death as she sold her life, at a time when even for her the intrusion must be an added excruciation, should help bequeath to her small sons a less gruesome childhood, for all the trauma of her loss, than her own.

“In her final days, she has gone a long way to exploding the repellent stereotype of the feckless, feral, self-obsessed underclass with which she was once made synonymous.”

Max Clifford, her publicist.

“She is a product of our time,” he told Reuters. “Her openness is very much appealing to a lot of people in the tabloids, and an awful lot of people in Britain.”

Reporting by Avril Ormsby