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Petulant Band Aid critics should get a life

BAND Aid critics should really dig deep and consider what their cynicism achieves.

There have been several blogs, gaining "likes" across the world slamming Bob Geldof and the newest Band Aid members for their "hypocrisy".

The singers' tax affairs have been scrutinised and their attempt to make a difference has been ridiculed in light of the extravagant lifestyles some of them lead.

Frankly, I don't care about their past.  I care that singers and world icons have given 36 hours of their time to make a difference.

And while the amount of time and effort they have contributed might seem small in scheme of the global efforts of some charities, the financial benefits they have been able to achieve in a short time is nothing to be scoffed at.

The single toppled sales records in the first day of its release.

It's already contributed millions which will go towards helping to stop Ebola.

What do the critics achieve by demeaning the chorus, picking at the personal lives of some of the singers and scoffing at Bob Geldof? 

If I was Bob Geldof and the need came up again I might be inclined to think "why bother".

The petulant attitude of some critics, claiming to be maintaining the high moral ground by giving cash privately must grate those who - in their lives probably - gave a precious commodity: time.

It doesn't matter how many re-releases there are of the Band Aid song, I am always inspired for a few moments while watching it.

Seeing singers collaborate for a cause bigger than themselves makes me analyse myself and my contributions.

It should make all of us do the same.

We should spend less time picking on what we don't like and taken a moment to appreciate the good.

If we could all do that, Band Aid wouldn't need to release a new single ever again. 

The world would be a better, and self-sustaining place because of it.

Topics:  bono opinion



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