Bob Geldof & Band Aid - you screwed up over Africa (again)
Doing charity today often means you need never connect with the folks who will receive the 'aid' you painstakingly collect for people at grass roots. Who, how, when and why it is done is immaterial. Those questions seem to be removed. Why bother? So busy are frantic, feverish 'managment' staff from ivory towers booking recording studios. meeting rooms and planes to fly on celebs - and no doubt Evian bottled from France....
Why bother listening to those who the money will be spent on? Or the people who will deliver it. No consulting is needed at grass roots. Because somewhere in our collective consciousness, giving aid automatically allow the benefactor to put themselves into a lofty position - from which all actions, words and intention can never be criticised.
Having pondered all this for the past few days I came to a conclusion. Having supported Band Aid as a young teen, today I now state - please lovely British people - do not donate to Band Aid 30.
To the corruption and bad decisions made by massive institutions such as Comic Relief (when tweeting one of its founder Emma Freud - she never answers) - who took my money (because I donated) and allegedly chose to spend it on arms and tobacco companies.
All so a song that inadvertently getting headlines and attention of fawning from everyday folks over celebs 'helping.' As people tweeted 'god bless ya' - such is their blind devotion, am worried. Very worried. I cannot even watch the video as I want to cringe at the lyrics. The posturing.
I mean Bob is then filmed by Sky saying how one band was 'Exhausted' over singing an Ebola Aid video from ivory towers atop recording studio hanging out with each other - is irony in buckets. I mean the sheer 'hell' of receiving adulation. screaming fans, cross selling and free global media attention? Wish Bob would try picking up the phone to those in the THREE countries (not the 54 nations that we call Africa) who are digging graves You see that type of action by those kind of people in my books earns the word: 'exhausted.' Respect.
So questions that Bob Geldof will never answer methinks:
- Is the BandAid30 record label making money, taking any fees?
- How did the celebrities transport get paid - was it free?
- Is it true One Direction flew in different private jets?
- How much of the 99p of the song will be donated?
- What fees is Bob taking?
- Why do you charge £50,000 to speak on poverty.
- Why did you Bob not fly out your chosen 30 to W. Africa to join and support existing song - or invite the artistes out there to sing the record alongside celebrities from the Western Hemisphere.
- Did any of the celebrities not ask how the money will be donated?
- How much of your private wealth do you donate to charity?
- Have you built a career out of the misery of people in Africa?
- When fly to Africa, what class do you fly and where do you stay Bob - at five star hotels?
- You are pally with Tony Blair - the man who helped USA invade Iraq and many civilian lives lost - how can you stay friends with someone like that. I had no idea until recently of the clamouring calls to face war criminal charges - in light of 'Africa' how can you be friends with someone like that?
- Why did you Bob not think about staying in Ireland and using your taxes to help destitute Irish people - who need every penny for welfare?
- Why do you scream and bully professional journalists who ask you fair questions?
- Do you really think your time is a tax - yes it would if you were getting NO money, had self funded it all and volunteered. But you did not to that - did you Bob?
Ok. Time now to garner evidence. To switch tack. And to find out more about why donating to Band Aid 30 is a bad idea.
- Bob G is non domicile - it means he avoids paying taxes but ask us to dig deep - when in aid charity singles already exist. And British Government has already sent our money across I think. If anyone has any stats - please send
- It stinks of latent. colonialism - of the 'white man's burden.' The image has only a few black faces - one of whom I knew: Seal (where has he been all these years but no doubt dragged his way across to sing a few lines/
- The line "where a kiss of love can kill you - And there's death in every tear' is disgusting. To then get the african artiste to
- Arrogantly says 'bollocks' when asked to address serious concerns about his song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huIc7L7s2XM
- He charges £50,000 to speak about poverty - yet no mention on the site where this money goes.
- We have no idea how the money is being spent. What the expenses are. Are the planes flying in celebs first class and if so, who pays for them? Our money from the charity single?
- Because Bart Baker can do a much better job - and a parody version is now in order. Needs to - to help redress all the harm and injury done.
8. Fuse ODG, Ghanian rapper on why he turned down to sing the Band Aid 30 song.
9. Bob lashes out at UK journalist.
10. Bryony Gordon in Guardian writing on why Adele was right to turn down the song.
11. Aaron Brady, Professor writing in Al-Jazeera on: "Saving Africa yet again, with a song'. Brady is a post doctoral fellow at the University of Texas and formerly a doctoral candidate at the University Of California. Also an editor and blogger at New Inquiry.
12. Bim Adewunmi, back writer in the Guardian how 'Band Aid 30: clumsy, patronising and wrong in so many ways".
13. Daily Telegraph Bob Geldof share holding of Ten Alps where he lost a Govt contract.
14. Staunch defence of Bob Geldof and Band Aid by a commentator Brian Barder who fails to write that he was British Ambassador to Ethiopia during the famine period 1983 - 1986. Please read the comments below Brian's op-ed.
Excerpt below from one of the articles in Slate above says:
For those who start condemning me to shut up. To ask why aren't I doing something about it. I am. In my own way. That is equal, dignified. Fair. And sustainable.