A number of the great and the good of pop music (I cannot really call them the great and the good of rock and roll) have re-recorded a new version of “Do they know it’s Christmas” as a means of helping to raise money for the Ebola crisis in West Africa. Shame on them.
As with all that all people who are great and good, they want people who are not part of the great and the good to give money to charity. In making the record the great and the good of pop music are making a loud noise, raising public awareness of their own celebrity and no doubt helping to promote their own careers. They have donated a day or two of their time to sing a song, and ask the public to donate money.
There are several features of the new recording of “Do they know it’s Christmas” which are quite disgusting. I find the words of the song rather patronising; I find it odd to sing about Christmas to raise money for a crisis that mainly affects people who are not Christian but most seriously I abhor the grand-standing and self publicity that surrounds the record release.
People who want to do charitable acts should not do those acts for self promotion or openly, but secretly and quietly. After all “charity” is really “love for others” by a different name, and a person should not be congratulated for doing charity, or seek public awards and recognition, because that would not be an act of love for others, but an act of love for oneself. To congratulate a person for an act of charity is rather like not kicking a beggar.
But the great and the good of pop music are too self obsessed with their own importance to understand these distinctions. They will, by their efforts, persuade others to part with some money, some of which may do some good, but I am sure that the great and the good of pop music involved in this record will still be, after the record has finished its course, great and good and richer.