As usual I am behind the rest of the world, only becoming aware of the Band Aid 30 single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' last night, and the subsequent backlash today.
I'll admit I used to have an issue with celebs making a big deal of raising for charity, but these days it is expected of them. However, I never really thought of Do They Know It's Christmas? in that way, simply because the original is one of my favourite Christmas songs.
When I listen to it, I'm not looking down upon those in famine, natural disaster, sickness, etc, I'm just being reminded that there are so many people who are struggling. As a listener, I don't worry about which Country (or Continent) the song is directed at, or why those Countries can't solve their own problems (after all, people are dying of starvation in the UK, so we're certainly can't judge). I don't care how 'patronizing' the lyrics are (personally, I've never thought of them as such), nor who is singing what.
All this controversy is just political correctness gone mad, unfortunately a term I use a lot. And it is a shame we are more interested in pointing fingers and blame, than appreciating that the money is being raised.
Because, at the end of the day, all that matters is that the money is being raised, and progress is being made. Who cares why, or how, as long as something is being done. And Band Aid 30 has made me more aware of the ebola virus, so I'm struggling to see how that is a bad thing.
So watch the video. If you like the song download (buy) the song or put it as your ringtone. Donate if you want to. And ignore the judgement and just enjoy it for what it is.