NEWS Outrage over 'ignorant' Band Aid 30 Ebola lyrics


Cooler King
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Apr 15, 2009
'WHERE A kiss of love can kill you,' is just one of the new lines added to Sir Bob Geldof's charity anthem Do They Know It's Christmas to help raise funds to fight Ebola, and has caused widespread outrage across social media.
The former Boomtown Rats lead singer, has once again brought together his famous friends such as Boyband One Direction, Bono and singers Emeli Sande and Rita Ora to record the Band Aid track, he hopes, will raise resources to fight the deadly virus in Africa. But critics have branded his efforts offensive and claimed it reinforces negative stereotypes about the continent.
Twitter user,@MrBreis wrote: "The lyrics to this #BandAid30 song are ridiculous, misplaced, ignorant, backwards, nauseous, spiritually malevolent and condescending."
@MelissaMono added: "The African continent should sue the rest of the world for slander and defamation of character."
It will be the fourth time the song, first recorded 30 years ago in 1984, has been revisited, with the most recent effort released a decade ago.
Geldof, who wrote the song with Midge Ure, said he had been inspired to re-record the track because of the "phenomenal bravery of the NHS doctors and nurses who volunteered" to help the fight against the virus.
Some of the 2014 lyrics have been changed from the 1984 version about the famine in Ethiopia to reflect the Ebola crisis.
The original words: "Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears" have been replaced with "where a kiss of love can kill you and there's death in every tear."
Another line reads: "No peace and joy this Christmas in West Africa. The only hope they'll have is being alive". :andwhat: :shocked:
Reminds me of the saying: 'You can please some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time..'
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