Ten years on from her death, Jade Goody’s mother Jackiey Budden and widow Jack Tweed appeared on Good Morning Britain on 22 March to encourage women to attend cervical screenings. But some viewers claimed they had to turn the interview off because it was messy and “embarrassing.”
An emotional Budden kicked off the segment by acknowledging fans of Goody who still send her letters of support and cards on anniversaries such as this one, before addressing the fact that the number of women skipping smear tests are at a 21-year high.
She said that women shouldn’t be ashamed of getting themselves checked as nurses and doctors are likely to “have seen your fanny or willy” regardless. “You can’t be scared for five minutes,” she added. “It’s your life.”
GMB’s resident GP Dr Hilary Jones noted that “if all women attended their screening, we’d save about 83 per cent of cervical cancer deaths in this country.” Budden replied: “The boys can have it now so I think if you have a son or a daughter, why can’t you get your son to protect him from passing it?
“And the girls, we can’t have a smear test until we’re 25 now, which is a liberty.”
Later, Budden pointed at co-host Charlotte Hawkins and demanded, “Who are you?” When fellow presenter Kate Garraway claimed that she must have seen Hawkins on television before, Budden admitted that she had but no one had introduced her to her on the day.
Viewers took to Twitter to state that they thought the manic nature of the interview was “a shame, as the show could have got a really good message across” otherwise. One user wrote: “I had to turn over. Women NEED to get checked, they NEED to stop worrying about a 2 minute life saving procedure. But seriously this was car crash TV. Squirming and embarrassed. Fancy putting this woman on live tv.”
I had to turn over. Women NEED to get checked, they NEED to stop worrying about a 2 minute life saving procedure. But seriously this was car crash TV. Squirming and embarrassed. Fancy putting this woman on live tv. #awkward
— Jules (@Juliedewdrops) March 22, 2019
Goody died of cervical cancer on the 22 March 2009. she had two children with former partner Jeff Brazier. Tweed, who married Goody just one month before she passed away, also talked about his attempts to find love again during the recent GMB interview.
“I did try and move on but I think I rushed into it trying to find a replacement,” he said. “It didn’t seem to work, it wasn’t the right thing to do.
“That same feeling I had for Jade, I can’t really feel that for anyone else,” he continued. “I don’t think it’s the right thing to do, it’s not fair on the other person.”
Budden interjected, insisting that her daughter would’ve wanted Tweed to “be with someone, be happy and have a life.”