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May 21, 2007

Jodie Marsh

Reading Caitlin Moran this morning I found myself asking, who is this Jodie Marsh of whom she speaks?

...some humourless, stroppy bird who’s been around the block a few times.

That didn't help all that much as it's really not all that specific.

I must, instead, briefly explain the mystifying significance of Jodie Marsh. Marsh, a petulant, orange-faced woman from Essex, has spent the past four years of her life trying to become famous for “being herself”. She bandies the kind of hotchpotch CV that would cause despair in any Restart officer: sporadic “glamour” photoshoots, appearances on the less high-profile reality shows (Living TV’s Get A Life was axed after two episodes), and that most curious of modern employments, turning up at premieres wearing outfits that reveal primary sexual characteristics. As if there were some great danger that the world might forget what they look like.

This similarly leaves me not all that much the wiser. My brief forays into the world of the tabloids over the past few decades have left me convinced that this is a description of every flower of Essex womanhood (however unfair that might be).

Wikipedia provides more information:

In autumn 2006 she appeared in a It's Me or the Dog celebrity special where it was revealed she owned at least seven dogs but left five of them with her parents to look after.[citation needed]

Her most recent television appearances to date include a stint on The All Star Talent Show where she performed a ballroom dance. She won her heat, gaining a place in the final where she was placed fourth out of six in a public vote. In November 2006 she appeared on Celebrity Scissorhands.[citation needed]

She has played herself on two occasions in the series A Bear's Tail, and has a small role in the new independent British film Are You Ready for Love? (2006).[citation needed]

Marsh has made appearances in the music videos Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? as part of the Girls of FHM and When You Wasn't Famous by The Streets.

Marsh began presenting her own television series, "Get A Life" for Living TV which commenced 1st March 2007. It was cancelled after two episodes, due to poor viewing figures.[11]

It was subsequently announced Jodie would have her own MTV reality TV show titled 'Totally Jodie Marsh: Who Will Take Her Up The Aisle' in which she searchs for a husband.

....but still leaves me pondering the question...why?

Which Ms. Moran attempts to answer:

For those whose interest has been piqued (and I’m sure Anatole Kaletsky is among them), you can apply to be Jodie Marsh’s husband on marryjodiemarsh.com. The questionnaire includes “I want my relationship with my future wife to be . . .”. The answer might be: “Something already being spoken of as a novel combination of prostitution, mental derangement and It’s A Knockout.”

D'ye think anyone will mind if I stick with the mate I already have?

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It was subsequently announced Jodie would have her own MTV reality TV show titled 'Totally Jodie Marsh: Who Will Take Her Up The Aisle'

I had to read that last word twice...

Posted by: Roger Thornhill | May 21, 2007 1:39:27 PM

You know, Roger, I think I like your version much better (were anyone to be credulous enough to imagine that those depths are as yet unplumbed). The title, the idea, the concept as a comment on the state of "reality TV" and/or media tarts like Ms. Marsh are pure delight.

Posted by: Sam | May 21, 2007 7:06:59 PM