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Band Aid 30: Damon Albarn Slams Sir Bob Geldof’s Latest Charity Effort As ‘Patronising’

Whilst we’ve spent our morning downloading Sir Bob Geldof’s amazing Band Aid 30 effort and marvelling at its brilliance, others have spent theirs, erm, disagreeing.

Yep, we’re looking at you Damon Albarn.

Turns out Damon isn’t so keen on Bob’s big idea, and has instead criticised the single as a missguided attempt to help and has even hinted that it could be patronising towards Africa.

Band Aid 30: Damon Albarn Slams Sir Bob Geldof's Latest Charity Effort As 'Patronising'
By MazSight

AWKS.

Although the money raised from this Band Aid will go specifically towards helping find a vital cure for the terrifying reality of Ebola, the 46-year-old has suggested that throwing money at the cause might not be the best way forward.

Well, it’s a start isn’t it?

In an interview with Channel 4 News, Damon spoke of his own experiences and recommended different ways to help tackle the deadly virus.

Band Aid 30: Damon Albarn Slams Sir Bob Geldof's Latest Charity Effort As 'Patronising'
By MazSight

He said: “Having been to many countries and gotten to know many people, it always seems that we have only one view of it.

“There’s also this assumption that in Africa everyone knows what’s going on.

“Our perspective and our idea of what helps and our idea what’s wrong and right are not necessarily shared by other cultures.

“There are problems with our idea of charity, especially these things that suddenly balloon out of nothing and then create a media frenzy where some of that essential communication is lost and it starts to feel like it’s a process where if you give money you solve the problem, and really sometimes giving money creates another problem.”

Band Aid 30: Damon Albarn Slams Sir Bob Geldof's Latest Charity Effort As 'Patronising'
By MazSight

Wowzers. Well, we guess there is that phrase ‘give a man a fish, feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’. 

Anyway, Damon also sent a message to those charitable musicians who lent their vocals to the track and suggested what else they could do to help the effort.

He said: “All those people who are making that, taking that afternoon out of their schedules, go to Africa, experience it, feel that sense of magic and maybe have a different attitude to life when you come back.”

Band Aid 30: Damon Albarn Slams Sir Bob Geldof's Latest Charity Effort As 'Patronising'
By MazSight

Bit difficult ’cause of the current travel restrictions but it’s a good idea anyway.

Obviously everyone’s got the right to an opinion and all, but we can’t help but feel this is slightly hypocritical considering the Blur frontman is actually listed as a participant on Band Aid 20.

So it can’t be that bad can it Damon?

Plus, with apparent sales of £1m in just five minutes, you can’t really argue with the power of charity can you?

Band Aid 30: Damon Albarn Slams Sir Bob Geldof's Latest Charity Effort As 'Patronising'
By MazSight

Maybe Damon’s just annoyed he couldn’t find the time to be part of this one.

Oh and by the way, the single’s out now so if you haven’t downloaded, WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU PLAYING AT?!

[Band Aid 30 released TODAY]

[Ed Sheeran Joins Band Aid 30 Line-Up]

Erin McCarthy

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