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The Sun is less than impressed with this auction down at tat bazaar eBay punting a signed Jade Goody autobiography for a cool £1,000: The Jade Goody autobiography auction on eBay According to Essex-based vendor Post Packet UK Ltd, half of the cash raised will benefit Cancer Research, but a source "close to Jade" told the …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's a shame

    Could probs have got this for 40pee 12 months ago.

    The whole Jade Goody thing is so boring and unnewsworthy its untrue.

  2. Dark Ian


    "She has no dignity. She is exploiting herself for cash and we are only doing the same. We are not doing anything illegal."

    Exactly. Goody has made a life for herself by doing exactly that - exploiting herself for cash. Quite why the country sees her as such a heroine is beyond me. People suffer tragic deaths from terminal illness every day, and many show bravery and dignity in equal measure without having it voluntarily plastered across the news (for cash).

    In fact, I'm fed up with seeing her face plastered across the papers every morning, when dying WW1 vets hardly get a mention. And no doubt when she's popped it we'll have all that Diana-esque stuff about her being 'so beautiful' and all that bollocks.

  3. Tim Hughes


    I really don't care - please can we keep this website a Jade Goody-free zone?

  4. greg

    sick of jade

    She's even made it into El Reg. There's just no getting away from her! Yes it may be tragic, but to be perfectly honest, I didnt give two shits what happened to her alive, let alone dead.

  5. Paul Naylor

    Hello kettle! I'm pot!

    Of course, The Sun and all the other tabloids won't be making ANY money from reporting this feeding frenzy circus of a story will they? And I wonder how much cash they'll be donating to the cancer charities? In fact, I wonder if Goody will actually be donating any cash herself? Oh no, but she's raising awareness. Good job too; I'd never heard of cancer until she came along.

    (A Canadian friend of mine reckons that it's one big conspiracy anyway. He reckons that she will miraculously recover from death's door and become some saint or something. Why? Well, most people in the late stages of cancer lose a lot of weight. She hasn't. Also, why would her results be announced on television, instead of between the doctor and the patient, in private? I'm not a conspiracy theory fan but ... bugger, I can hear the Black Helicoptors...)

  6. Richard Cartledge

    Good God Almighty!

    I come on El Reg to get away from this low-brow crap.

  7. Anonymous Coward

    The Sun

    "“Some people are just sick. How can you take something so tragic and make money from it? They are just heartless, callous and greedy. They are making thousands from Jade’s illness and will probably make even more from her death.”"

    Now, remind me - was that what someone told The Sun or was that someone discussing them ...?

  8. David

    Cruel Irony?

    It's cruel irony that someone who longed for lifelong fame has achieved her wish in this way. It's like a fable where someone didn't consider the consequence of the wish they asked the genie for.

  9. Rob Burke
    Thumb Up

    I've noticed...

    ... that they've changed the donation to 100% instead of £500.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The current bun in irony breakdown shocker.

    "They are making thousands from Jade’s illness and will probably make even more from her death"

    I would have guessed this was a complaint about the Sun, not by the Sun.

  11. Edward Noad

    So I Shouldn't Mention...

    ...the dozen or so signed Terry Pratchett books I have on my shelves?

    It's a little tasteless to start the memorabilia flogging when Jade is still alive, they could at least wait until after the funeral. Other than that, fair play to them. Jade's cancer is getting played up as a bigger-tragedy-than-thou, expect it to get more profiteers. I personally know people who've died from cancer who made much bigger contributions to the world than Jade ever possibly could have, but they passed away relatively unknown. I could make comparisons, but I'd rather not get all judgmental over personalities.

    Mines the one with all the paperback novels stuffed into it.

  12. Anonymous Coward

    The 3 Stigmata Of Jade Goody

    She has now become completely impossible to avoid.

    Glance down the aisle of a train? Someone's reading a magazine with a 6 page Jade article. Like to use the tube with your eyes open? Free papers all over the floor with Jade on the cover.

    And here she is in The Register. At least there wasn't a picture... not that we need reminding.

  13. Stef
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    How is the person selling this book any different to OK magazine (or whoever it was) selling the exclusive pictures/story of Jade's wedding? They are both making money from her.

  14. Xander

    I lol'd

    “Some people are just sick. How can you take something so tragic and make money from it? They are just heartless, callous and greedy. They are making thousands from Jade’s illness and will probably make even more from her death.”

    Quoted in a red top (The Sun, not you guys)?

    I lol'd. Hard.

  15. Maverick

    The sick bastard

    Why does this person own a copy of the biography in the first place? They should be ashamed of themselves.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    They've changed it...

    Now "100% of this auction going to cancer research"

    As for the source "close to Jade" (Can't we just call him Max?), isn't that exactly what she's doing?

  17. Joe K
    IT Angle

    I've been trying for weeks.....

    ....yet i still can't find the tiniest part of myself that gives a flying fuck about Jade Goody.

  18. simon prentagast

    Saint Max.

    Obviously Max Clifford isn't making a single penny from Jade...

  19. The Mighty Spang

    let me just correct that for you

    a source "close to Jade" ***ranted at length about the gutter press saying*** “Some people are just sick. How can you take something so tragic and make money from it? They are just heartless, callous and greedy. They are making thousands from Jade’s illness and will probably make even more from her death.”

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This isn't unscrupulous...

    it's stupidity - had they waited the couple of weeks that she has left it would've sold for far more!!

    And I think her making as much money from these last few weeks as is possible is somewhat fair, given that it's all going to her children - she's not really going to have a chance to benefit from it is she!!!

  21. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

    Jade Goody is such a media whore...

    She'll be back trying to punt her vacuous vapours on "Most Haunted".

    You would think that in death, at the very least - she would have some dignity. I understand the requirement to want to secure a future for the two boys she leaves behind but there are dignified ways and means to do this. I mean... as a lasting legacy she could instill in them a failsafe method that will always get them a roof and a hot meal; it's called getting and education, and working for a living... a concept strangely lost on Mrs. Goody I feel. There is a part of me though that still thinks that this is a media stunt.

    I've nursed two people through cancer and seen many others suffering with it during time in Africa and with the NHS. I have first hand experience in saying that the quicker she goes... the better it'll be, for her and her family.

    And for me, so I don't have to keep seeing her ugly mug on the papers.

  22. amanfromMars Silver badge

    The Society we live in ...... a collection of individual men and women *

    "While sellers fall over each other to get their snouts in the trough, Goody's publicist Max Clifford noted: “Jade wants to make as much money as she can so her boys can have the best education and future. There has been a huge increase in the numbers of women going for a cervical smear test because of her."

    No mention there Max of helping Cancer Research towards a miracle cures/effective treatments? And the Health Service will be also be thankful for the huge increase in screenings.


  23. Tom

    Max Clifford taking the moral high ground?

    That is so funny...

  24. Tim
    IT Angle

    Took me a while...

    Couldn't spot the IT angle initially, presumably it is ebay. Though it is kinda stretching it.

    If the site is going to have a "seen on ebay" feature perhaps other readers might be entertained by the listing for item 150323844720. Jolly rad indeed.


  25. Anonymous Coward
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    Hello Pot ? This is Kettle, you're Black !

    “She has no dignity. She is exploiting herself for cash and we are only doing the same. We are not doing anything illegal.”

    My view too, she's been working it to earn personal redemption and cash since before she knew it was terminal. She'd have been happier if she'd been offered a cut from this sale perhaps.

    Everyone has forgotten the grotesque bigot that lies beneath through a wave of sympathy. While I won't miss her, the poor kids don't deserve to lose a mother.

  26. Cameron Colley

    So, who are The Sun giving their profits to?

    I'm assuming all their profits will be going to cancer research or the Macmillan trust every time Ms Goody appears in their second-rate loo-roll?

  27. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    Just checked.

    "According to Essex-based vendor Post Packet UK Ltd, half of the cash raised will benefit Cancer Research"

    It's been upped to 100% to charity now. Attack of conscience?

    Personally I bored of the whole affair and wonder exactly what is she famous for?

    Paris.....same question to her :)

  28. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't make me laugh

    And Max Clifford is a shining example of moral standards isn't he...

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Is this any worse that what the press are doing?

    This sale may not be in the best possible taste, but Jade has and is still making vast amounts of money from her "celebrity". Is The The Sun itself constantly covering her sad story on their front page out of some altruistic benevolence and did OK magazine pay £700,000 to cover the wedding as a charitable act? I think not.

  30. Richard

    tit for tat

    Whilst I feel for people who suffer from cervical cancer I do agree with that fact Jade is punting everything she's got to make loads of money. I mean come on, ever since she left the big brother house that's all she's done - sell herself, her personal life stories, make dodgy perfumes, tv shows (in general be a complete sell out) for money. Why should we suddenly think she's doing anything different just because she's terminally ill?

    Fair play to anyone who's jumping on the bandwagon. Do people hold the same contempt for those who sold Diana memorabilila after she died?

  31. Paul


    ...she can write?

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Shutup you whinging gits.

    I am pretty sure someone would sell this regardless (yes, varying amounts).

    And what about OK Magazine (or who ever it was) using her to sell their magazines.

    And herself, she is openly trying to whore herself, so she or anyone else cannot moan.

    ps. Max Clifford is a cock, "can only answer to themselves", yea... i'm sure they are guilty and will go to hell. I wonder how much he is making out of all of this.

  33. Anonymous Coward

    absolutely shocking !

    At least wait until she's dead - will fetch a better price then.

    Some people have really got no clue..

    Although, perhaps the seller couldn't be bothered to wait about, say, another 40 years ? (Sorry, did I miss the press release yet about her miracle cure?)

  34. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: Good God Almighty!

    But it's got an IT angle, you can't deny.

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture


    Thick, selfish people, exploiting a media frenzy to make a quick buck?

    too.... much.... irony.... does....not..... compute.....error....error.... kzerrrrrrt.

  36. Nick Miles

    @Joe K

    Couldn't agree more. Which is why I'm adding to this thread and thus improving the ranking of the story

  37. Snake Plissken

    At this rate

    It gets worse, when she finally carks it, she'll be given an estate funeral.

  38. g e

    Is it catching??

    If I become an utter media whore sellout, effectively a walking human product, will I catch cancer from it too?

  39. Jord
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    Just hurry up and get on with it

    I have known many people (several in my family) who have suffered and died of various forms of cancer. They have all lived as dignified a life as possible, right up to the end. What jade is doing is terrible - frowning into every camera for every magazine and every newspaper that will listen and saying 'feel sorry for me, give me money'. Walking into my local newsagents nowadays is horrible - you can't get away from her. Exactly how will this help her boys? Teaching them that you don't have to work, get an education or try to earn a respectable living in any way, shape or form to get by - just sell your soul, dignity and every shred of respect you ever had and you can coast through life without giving a shit.

    How much money can she be making? Whatever it is, the governement will take 40% up front in super tax while she's alive. Then after she pops it (assuming she actually does and that she doesn't make a 'miracle recovery' and this all turns out to be a media stunt) the government will take 40% of whatever's left in their ingenious 'inheritance tax'. So those kids will have maybe a few hundred grand to squander on booze and drugs when they reach 18, and won't have the instilled appreciation for the value of money or morals to spend it wisely. Nice one.

    Jade should go and visit a Christies ward to learn how to behave. There are young kids in there with more dignity and self respect than her. And good on the etailer selling her book - give her a taste of what she's doing to the nation

  40. Dark Ian

    Where's your self-re-cocking-spect?

    What the hell are they doing, changing the donation to 100% of the sale price! That's preposterous! I suggest they withdraw the auction at once, dispatch the tea boy to finish Her off with a shovel and then relist.

    This is just pathetic. A bit of bad publicity and they screw it all up. As pointed out above, everyone else (including the 'victim') is screwing every quid they can out of this - why should we stand back, hats in hand pretending to look sympathetic when we could be cashing in too?

    Pass it quick - I'm off to buy some perfume...

  41. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I think I'd rather...

    ...spend time with the self-exploiting reality star with terminal cancer, than with half of the terminally angry posters hanging around here.

  42. Lottie


    It's good marketing.

    6 months later and the seller wouldn't have been able to sell for much as her "amazing recovery" would lower the price.

    If she really DOES have cancer, I feel sorry for her kids, but don't care much past that as thousands all over the world live with it and they don't get fuck knows how much for their stories of bravery.

  43. Anonymous Coward


    Was going to suggest they wait until after she's died to get more money, but everyone will have forgotten who she is after 2 weeks when she's no longer on every tabloid newspaper.

  44. weirdcult
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    lots and lots

    of black kettles and pots here.

  45. W

    ebay item 150323844720

    ...pretty funny.

    As for the Jade angle: meh?

    The death bit is quite sad. But then so are a lot of things. She's making money off of the back of people who want to pay. And? 'Twas ever thus, non?

    Untwist your britches, folks.

  46. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: I think I'd rather...

    Far be it from me to say so, but yeah, me too.

    All else aside, I think in Goody's case allowing/inviting the media to snap her every move is simply the less stressful option, ultimately. They'd be all over her anyway, and if you've got terminal cancer you don't really want to be attempting to dash from hospital to car to house to taxi to hospice with a blanket over your head, do you? It's also what's familiar to her, rightly or wrongly, so maybe it affords some measure of comfort, however weird and unhealthy.

    I've never had any admiration whatsoever for the woman, quite the contrary, but the fact is that she's dying a gruesome and premature death, and deserves the same sympathy and respect as anyone else in that unenviable position, as far as I'm concerned. And I think she can do what she pleases - she isn't hurting anyone, and it seems she has influenced rather a lot of women to go and get checked out. So it really doesn't make me want to mount a revolution just because she's in the papers a lot. Sorry.

    I don't really have much objection to someone selling the signed book on eBay either - it's in bad taste but the main thing is that they were daft not to wait, of course. Most people who've got a famous person's autograph have it in the back of their minds that one day it'll be worth more when the autographer kicks it.

    I suppose there is something appalling about this sort of commercialisation of cancer, but Goody didn't invent that, and I doubt you worry quite so much about broader media ethics when your own cells are slaughtering each other.

  47. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)


    The conspiracy theories are beyond offensive, and I'm rejecting them along with others that I really haven't been happy to read and am not about to subject the rest of you to.

    Honestly, people, if you're intent on bashing someone who's dying of cancer, you can do it somewhere else.

  48. amanfromMars Silver badge

    Re; Re: Good God Almighty!

    "I come on El Reg to get away from this low-brow crap." ..... By Richard Cartledge Posted Tuesday 3rd March 2009 10:07 GMT

    Wow, Sarah Bee, that is quite a compliment for El Reg...... and richly deserved/no less than well earnt. Keep up the Good Work. :-)

    Some may counter though, thinking to bask in the shadows of reflected glory, that without its fine readers, it would be less than it is and can be. And what it can be, can lead with the right stories/reports/news/views.

    How about taking a Walk on the Wwwild Side and into Fields out of the Comfort Zone of Sponsored Responsibility and into Pioneering Inevitability.

    Does anyone on El Reg track Crack CyberSpacers ........ ? ....... Almighty Global Operating Devices?

  49. g e

    Awww c'mon Sarah

    She is the one who has taken what is *normally* a very personal and private thing for many people who suffer horribly then die and converted it into some dark and bizarre media circus so she can milk it for the maximum financial reward. If anyone is bashing cancer sufferers it's her, she has reduced the entire process to something akin to Big Brother.

    Sympathy for someone like that? Forget it. I bet her gravestone is in the shape of a moneybox.

  50. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: Awww c'mon Sarah

    So, a bit of media kerfuffle is all it takes for you to lose all your basic human sympathy and consider someone fair game? Really?

    She might be stupid, but I think even she realises that you can't take it with you.

    I wonder if you'd be shocked by the comments I'm rejecting.

  51. Anonymous Coward
    Gates Horns

    @ Sarah Bee RE: also

    Who died and made you Queen of the Comments?

  52. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    RE: Sarah Bee

    "deserves the same sympathy and respect as anyone else in that unenviable position, as far as I'm concerned"

    I totally reject that. Everyone should be treated on their merit as a whole person and not as their disease "deserves."

    This subject is rather intimate to me although I'm not going to discuss it here. Suffice it to say that I would rather go loved and respected by those who know me and without abandoning my humanity for a fast buck. I suggest you read some cancer forums to see how those people cope who haven't hired a F*****g publicist!

    Please refrain from your haughty judgemental comments against posters. It does you no credit and is likely to alienate other readers as it does myself. Readers can form their own views well enough.

    I doubt you'll let this one through but we'll see.

  53. Anonymous Coward

    @ Snake Plissken

    I quote:

    "It gets worse, when she finally carks it, she'll be given an estate funeral."

    I assume you meant "state" funeral, but when I read it I couldn't help thinking whether or not anyone makes a big enough estate to fit her in.

    I know I'd be going to hell if it existed.

  54. Anonymous Coward

    I have some left-over Princess Di stuff

    I am going to stick "Jade Goody" stickers over the name and start reselling them.

    Anyone want a "Jade Goody Memorial Colonic Irrigation Kit"???

    (The nearest I can get to taking the pi$$)

    Yeah, I'm sick of the coverage as well; she was a fat, loud-mouthed, racist, moron when she was well; so what has changed, just because she has terminal cancer????

    Big Brother?? Only watched by OTHER fat, loud-mouthed, racist, morons.

  55. Anonymous Coward

    is she not

    DEAD already.

    to be honest i'm getting a bit bored, why doesn't she die without annouching "ive got weeks", " ive got days" each day in the papers.

    FFS get on with it girl.

    Mines got a one way ticket to hull in the pocket.

  56. Master Baker

    And she lived her life, like a kee-bab in the wind

    The real money would be in taking a plastercast of her 'kebab' and then, after her death, making one of those flashlight things with her bits in it (you know what I'm talking about).

    Actually, forget about the flashlight. You may need to use a bucket.

    If Jade Goody is an indication of our society and the levels to which we've fallen, then we're all fecked.

  57. Andrew Moore
    Thumb Up

    Not matter what this useless bint does with her miserable life...

    ...she always be remembered as positive proof that karma does indeed exist (and, as many have speculated, is a bitch).

  58. g e


    Yup, probably! (Hope so anyway)

    Seems to me she thinks every wallet in the country is fair game, I'd not be surprised if HELLO or OK were invited to the funeral for £1M or more. Honestly, let's see if they are. If they're not I'll apologise to you.

  59. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)


    'Please refrain'? No, shan't. Your comments are published here at our discretion (no, not just mine). You don't have any say-so in how they're moderated any more than you have rights over any other aspect of how this site is run. You can ask, and I might take it on board, but in this instance, no.

    I know perfectly well how ordinary people cope with cancer, I've known far too many of them (one parent, one step-parent, one schoolfriend and more than a couple of acquaintances, if you're interested), so you can take your patronising suggestion and cram it.

    I'm going to let everything else posted to this thread through providing it isn't libellous or otherwise in breach of the basics, so you can enjoy the full misanthropy I've been filtering out. Enjoy.

  60. Japper

    Whats all the fuss about?

    I have no respect whatsoever for Jade, she has sold herself since BB & now wants the undeserved sympathy from the public while she continues to do just that. Sorry none from me...trying to secure her kids future? So they are gonna need more than the rumoured £8m fortune she already has? The fact is she is hanging on to whatever fame she can no matter the cost.

    Croak already.....

  61. Anonymous Coward

    RE Sarah Bee 14:58 GMT

    ..And on that flounce of petulance I rest my case.

    I do honestly respect you for publishing my comment though, thank you.

    Perhaps you won't have to put up with my "patronising" for much longer. Maybe I should ask for a whip-round :O)

  62. Anonymous Coward
    Dead Vulture

    televised cancer for all!

    while it's interesting to see how much longer it is going to be before jade goody finally croaks, i can't understand why she gets to be on tv and every other average joe with cancer has to suffer with it and not get to be on tv...

    either, jade goody should never have been allowed on tv (i don't mean ever) or everyone in the world who has and does (and will) suffer with cancer should have their own channel on sky.

    it isn't going to happen... begone jade... and leave the money to a better cause, like... hmmm, cancer research?

  63. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

    Re: RE Sarah Bee 14:58 GMT

    What case was that? That I don't know anything about normal people's experience of cancer? Or what?

    Since I've earned a modicum of your respect, though, maybe I should quit while I'm ahead - wouldn't want to lose that precious commodity, would I?

  64. Markie Dussard

    Basic needs vs. public hypocrisy

    Like her or not, Jade is a marketable commodity precisely because people are willing to pay up for info, gossip and pictures. Even if it is only to throw their hands up in unironic horror at the commercial exploitation of it all.

    Jade is not bright. She is poorly educated. She is not talented. Nor is she particularly likeable. None of these things deserve the pillorying she has received in the press over the years, but she has clearly learned to exploit the public's prurient interest in her. If she wants to maximise the potential earnings from her death in order to provide for her family after she's gone, good luck to her. She hadn't had many of life's advantages before she became famous, and she's getting really short-changed now she's a celebrity. Let her make the most of what little she has and let's save all our hand-wringing hypocrisy for some other hate object for a while.

    If you support one person's right to die with dignity, you have to support another's right to die without it.

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