It takes an awesome amount of courage and moral conviction to go to another country, kneel at the doorstep of the family that you have hurt with your racial comments and beg for forgiveness. It takes even more courage if there is a whole Channel 4 telly crew recording every moment of your tear-soaked plea for mercy.
CELEBRITY Big Brother bully Jade Goody is preparing to fly to India in a desperate bid to rescue her doomed telly career. She will jet out with a Channel 4 telly crew in a stage-managed PR stunt.
Jade, 25, left, aims to disprove racism allegations and show she is â€œsorryâ€ for her cruel attacks on sexy Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty. But it will take a miracle for her to win back public support. Big Brother bosses decided on the Indian trip as a way of battling back against criticism of the way they have handled the â€œracismâ€ crisis.
Footage of the Bermondsey big-mouth meeting the people of the nation she insulted could even appear on the final night of Celebrity Big Brother on Sunday. An insider told us: â€œJade is finished here. But at least by travelling to India it will go some way to proving she will to try anything to show how sorry she is.â€
Touching. For just a few moments of madness, this very fine lady has to go through her life with the label of “racist pig”, no matter how many times she says sorry on bended knee. After all, it’s not that she does not respect brown skinned people—-her perfume “Sshh” is manufactured in India using poorly-paid desi labour.
However Indian security agencies have been put on high alert, especially as violent mobs of hoodlums (picture to the left) have taken to the streets, playing their pots and pans, brandishing brooms and singing an old Shilpa Shetty song from “Hathkadi”: “GTH baba, GTH baba, Go to Hell Baby” possibly addressed to Ms. Goody.
According to reliable sources (the same one from whom Cricinfo gets their inside scoops), matters have been complicated because of the involvement of the dreaded Kalinga Sena (a secret society of angry Orissa men founded after Asoka’s massacre at Kalinga), who it seems have taken offence to the fact that Big Brother has no person from Orissa.
Said an irate representative:
Why has Debashish Mohanty not there in the house…he swings both ways just like most people on Big Brother?
With the police deploying massive security around Ms. Shetty’s house in Mumbai where the televised apology is due to take place so as to prevent the slap-happy Kalinigists from coming close to Ms. Goody, you would think that the last thing the hapless Shettys need is more publicity.
Not a chance.
In a moment of rank forgetfulness, Shamita Shetty, Shilpa’s young 27 year old sister, forgot to wear her underclothes in public. [Photo intentionally not provided but linked to]. Or as it is known as in polite circles, she “went commando”. [The origins of this phrase can be somehow traced to Mithun-da’s movie “Commando” and the song “Aae commando tumhen dil ki”—why it is so is a matter of much conjecture.]
Of course we cannot confirm whether this picture is real or doctored because the only independent confirmation the above Mid-day piece got was this where it said: “there is no one apparently more embarrassed that Shamita Shetty, who admitted that the incident did take place but, then confessed that she had no intention to do it”.
We totally understand. If anyone I felt close to was being subject to racial abuse on national TV, even I would forget to wear my Gopal underwear below the lungi.
Needless to say, some people have interpreted this as Shamita’s tribute to her favourite celluloid character, Bulla from Gunda whose motto in life, as we all know, was :”Mera naam hain Bulla, rakhta hoon main khulla”.
Others however have been offended. There have been several public (perceptive readers may think I missed a pun, it was intentional ) interest litigations filed by outraged men, who have declared they will withdraw their PILs only if Shamita comes personally to their houses and apologizes, on bended knee, to them.
After all if Ms. Goody can, why cannot Shamita?