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Jade Goody Documentary Viewers Find Shilpa Shetty Race Row ‘Painful’ To Watch

Jade Goody Documentary Viewers Find Shilpa Shetty Race Row ‘Painful’ To Watch

Jade Goody: The Reality Star Who Changed Bitain left viewers seriously uncomfortable on Wednesday night as the second instalment of the documentary hit screens.

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The three-part series, which first aired last week, aimed to shine light on the late TV star's turbulent life a decade after her passing - with this episode focusing on her controversial race row.

Focusing in on Jade's racist comments towards Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty in 2007 while on the ITV show, the documentary showed an unsettling moment of the reality star's life, which she went on to regret.

In one scene, Jade, Danielle Lloyd and Jo O'Meara can be seen mocking Shilpa, while Jade refers to her as "Shilpa popodom".

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4

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Meanwhile, Jade is later seen laughing at the actress for bleaching her facial hair.

"I've seen all of this so many times that I didn't think I'd be so uncomfortable watching this. #JadeGoody," one viewer wrote.

While another added: "This is quite horrible to watch. Cant believe it was actually allowed on TV, and that we watched #JadeGoody".

Despite her vile comments, a third defended the late star, hinting she wasn't aware how bad her comments really were.

Credit: Channel 4
Credit: Channel 4

"#JadeGoody is a painful watch on so many levels. She was put in to behave as she did like a circus animal and she was offensive," they wrote.

Jade's actions in the Big Brother house resulted in her being remove from the show, and subsequently being branded the "most hated woman in Britain".

She later appeared on India's Big Brother, named Big Boss, to redeem herself - but had to leave early after her cervical cancer diagnosis.

Whatever you think of Jade or her actions, one thing that can't be denied is her cervical cancer journey inspired action in millions of women.

Shilpa went on to win the series Credit: PA
Shilpa went on to win the series Credit: PA

Despite being the subject of intense scrutiny, in 2009, Jade shared her final hours with the world - from the moment she lost her hair to her final hospital trip with her sons, Bobby and Freddie. And it had a profound effect.

Following her eight month battle with the illness, the number of women aged between 25 and 29 getting smear tests increased by a third, and was even dubbed 'The Jade Goody Effect'.

Looking back on her astounding impact, Kate Sanger, Head of Communications, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, said: "Jade Goody's high profile cervical cancer diagnosis and tragic death had a big impact on cervical screening attendance in the UK with around 400,000 extra women booking a test."

Reality star Jade Goody died of cervical cancer at the age of 27. Credit: PA Images
Reality star Jade Goody died of cervical cancer at the age of 27. Credit: PA Images

But sadly, the amount of women getting tests is now falling year on year. In fact, in 2018, it was the lowest it has been in 21 years - since 1997.

Cervical cancer screenings are available on the NHS for women aged 25 or over, and take just minutes to get done at your doctors or a local sexual health centre.

You only need to get checked every three to five years, and Jade's heartbreaking story is evidence of how invaluable this can be.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Pretty 52 who loves writing about all things food, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. She also has a particular interest in women's issues.

 

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