It’s Christmastime and time for my annual “Why the f*** do they still play ‘(Feed the World) Do They Know It’s Christmas” spiel. I’m glad to say I only heard the damn song once this year (so far).
Here’s the lyrics. my comments are in BLUE CAPITALS. –
It’s Christmastime; there’s no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime
But say a prayer to pray for the other ones (OH… OTHER ONES???)
It’s hard, but when you’re having fun
There’s a world outside your window (LAST TIME I LOOKED OUT MY WINDOW I WAS NOT IN AFRICA)
And it’s a world of dread and fear (NOPE NOT ALL OF AFRICA IN DREAD OR FEAR. STEREOTYPE ALERT!)
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears (STEREOTYPE ALERT ‘SAD AFRICAN’ STEREOTYPE. “NOTHING GOOD EVER HAPPENS TO THEM. THEY SPEND EVERYDAY SITTING IN THEIR REFUGEE CAMPS CRYING”. #SARCASMTAG)
And the Christmas bells that ring there
Are the clanging chimes of doom (I THINK THEY”RE NORMAL CHURCH BELLS THANK YOU)
Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of you (OMG WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU SAY? SMUG ASSHOLES! FUCKING PATRONISING)
And there won’t be snow in Africa this Christmastime (NOPE. SNOWS ON KILIMANJARO. WHITE AMERICAN DUDE WROTE ABOUT IT)
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is life (DON’T YOU THINK THAT’S YOUR GREATEST GIFT TOO?)
Oh, where nothing ever grows (HAVE YOU EVEN BEEN TO AFRICA? COME ON!!! ‘AFRICA’ EVEN HAS ENOUGH TO EXPORT!),no rain or rivers flow (CONGO. NILE. 2 MOST FAMOUS I CAN NAME)
Here’s to you, raise a glass for ev’ryone
Here’s to them, underneath that burning sun (SUN BURNS EVERYWHERE IN SUMMER. AND ALL THE F*IN DAY TIME AT THE EQUATOR)
Do they know it’s Christmastime at all? (YES)
Feed the world (PLEASE SAY HOW? ITS NOT A PROBLEM WITH RESOURCES BUT THE DISTRIBUTION. HOW DOES SINGING A PATRONISING SONG FILLED WITH STEREOTYPES HELP? HOW ABOUT TEACHING PEOPLE HOW TO BEST HELP? HOW TO CHOOSE CHARITIES? HOW TO ‘HELP’ IN A WAY THAT DOES NO PORTRAY PEOPLE AS POOR THINGS WO NEED HELP, WHO HAVE ZERO ABILITY TO HELP THEMSELVES, AND THE ‘SAVIOUR’ MENTALITY?)
Feed the world
Feed the world
Let them know it’s Christmastime (THEY KNOW)
Feed the world
And here are the 11 of the Best Aid Parodies || The Guardian Personal favourites are ‘Who wants to be an aid worker’ and ‘Save Africa’.
For next years rant, I need a little segue to Nigerian scams (and yes I know most Nigerians are not scammers). And I will rant about this song annually until I don’t hear it played on the radio.
There are many good charities and many ways to help people in poverty, people who need help getting food and clean water and education. Having good intentions does not take away the harm caused of stereotypes and the removal of dignity. If your intentions are truly good, then read up about issues, think about them, and then support charities that do good work. And supporting may mean just giving cash and not traveling to the area and posing with the ‘native children’. (There are many articles about the issues with voluntourism and the ‘charities’ that make money out of it, harming lives)
Me? I have not supported any African charities. A Ugandan priest visited our parish here in Singapore and I may have donated $10 to help in the church building fund. I know that people in his parish don’t spend the whole day crying and have food to eat and water to drink. They don’t have enough money to buy materials to construct the church building or the school building and school supplies. They do have locals who will build and local teachers. Some of our church youth later visited, but it was never touted as ‘saving uganda’ nor a charity mission. It was clear that it was a visit, a sort of cultural exchange.
Blessed Christmas y’all.