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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
Do they know it's Christmas? by Wild in Africa on 15 November 2004 2:46am
Without wanting to be a spoiler at the party I wish I could persuade the re-makers of the Band Aid single to rewrite their lyrics. They were wildly inappropriate last time and even more so this time. Of course the Ethiopians knew it was Christmas. These people were Christian long before Europe and even in the midst of disaster are deeply devout people. To imply because they were benighted starving Africans that they were also so traumatised as to be unaware of what was most sacred to them is deeply insulting. Similarly this time around the proceeds are going towards the people of Darfur in Sudan; Muslims who do not celebrate Christmas. While not wishing to downplay the great good that BandAid/Live Aid has done over the years surely in the intervening 20 years a bit of basic research would have revealed that the original lyrics were not just inappropriate but an insult to the culture and beliefs of the peoples for whom they wre intending to benefit, and also exposed the perhaps innnocent and well intended naivity of the pop stars involved.

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