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Russell Brand pays tribute to Goody

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Russell Brand pays tribute to Goody

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Comedian Russell Brand has paid tribute to the late Jade Goody in his blog.

The comic said he dislikes the "fetishisation of grief" that greets public figures' deaths, but claimed it is "understandable" in the case of Goody.

"Sentimentality is often called the unearned emotion and intrusive carnivals of public mourning unsettle me," he said. "In the case of Jade Goody however it is understandable to feel morose. She was a young mum from an awful background who got a break and shrewdly capitalised on it."

Brand also confessed to spending time with the Big Brother star at the Edinburgh festival when they were under the same management.

"We all hung out, me my mum, Jade, some people from the agency and a few of my mates," he said. "She was a right laugh, she joined in with everyone and created a garrulous giddy vibe in bars and cars that elevated the perfunctory time between shows into something which retrospectively seems more special now than it did then."

He continued: "One of the charges often levelled at Jade was that she was just a normal girl with no trade or practised skills. Well people didn't care and our heroes are not prescribed to us, we have the right to choose them and the people chose Jade.

"Fame has long been bequeathed by virtue of wealth and birth and this was the first generation where it was democratically distributed by that most lowbrow of modern phenomena - reality television."

Speaking about the media's response to her death, he added: "I hope some of the lessons of this modern fairy tale are learned, that the people who aspired to be like Jade observe the price she paid.

"I hope her sons are ok and that on some imperceptible level contrition is felt by the media that gave Jade Goody everything."

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