Some popular cultural phenomena attract more academic attention than others. Reality tv was one (eg here and here) and then the Big Brother racism row was another – leading to a special edition of this journal and even to a Sun cover of an editorial by the CRE. Now it seems there have been more twists in the tale. No sooner than the blogosphere falling over themselves to comment on Jade entering the Indian Big Brother (Big Boss) house hosted by Shilpa Shetty in an attempt to repair her image after said Celebrity Big Brother than she’s out again – sadly on her own accord after having been diagnosed with cancer.

I wonder how many cultural studies pieces will get penned on this development? Time will tell, or rather google scholar will.