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Ebola survivor slams "cultural ignorance" of Band Aid 30



Will Pooley (pictured), a British aid worker who had contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone but has since beaten the disease and returned to the country to continue his work, is highly critical of the Band Aid 30 remake of the single "Do They Know It’s Christmas?"

"It’s Africa, not another planet. It’s just like, actually people live normal lives here and do normal things. That sort of cultural ignorance is a bit cringeworthy. There’s a lyric about 'death in every tear,' it’s just a bit much."

This sentiment was shared by musician Fuse ODG, who explained why he pulled out of the project: "I, like many others, am sick of the whole concept of Africa – a resource-rich continent with unbridled potential – always being seen as diseased, infested and poverty-stricken."

The Telegraph quoted a defensive Bob Geldof as replying to Pooley's comments with, "Please. It’s a pop song. Relax." He then added that critics of the song could "fuck off."

Full article at the source

Bit of a long read but no lies really detected here.

Update, 12/10: Ebola fighters (like Mr. Pooley) have been named Time's 2014 Person of the Year.
Tags: music / musician, world news
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