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Band Aid 30の不協和音、もしくはボブ・ゲルドフの傲慢さ

2014.11.19
何匹目の泥鰌をホブ・ゲルドフが狙っているのかは判らないが、突如浮上した感のあるBand Aid 30への反発が幾つかでている。その一つが、ゲルドフが誘いに応じなかったアデルのことを、インタヴューでは批判している訳ではないが、あえて彼女の名前をだす必要も無い所で引き合いに出したこと。このことも含めて、今回の3回目の復活がとても薄っぺらなものになりつつあるように感じる。

Why Adele was right to ignore Bob Geldof and Band Aid
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/ebola/11236278/Why-Adele-was-right-to-ignore-Bob-Geldof-and-Band-Aid.html

My real problem is Geldof’s insistence on shaming Adele for not appearing on the track. “Adele is doing nothing,” said Geldof at the weekend. “She’s not answering the phone… she’s not writing. She’s not recording. She doesn’t want to be bothered by anyone. She won’t pick up the phone to her manager. She’s bringing up a family, you know.”

This is as condescending as the song itself – do Africans know it’s Christmas? Given that over 500 million people living there are Christians, we must presume the answer to that is yes – and worse, it is a form of bullying that has sneeringly been dressed up as do-gooding.

The message is loud and clear, even if the music isn’t: Geldof is here to save West Africa from Ebola, and Adele, with her peculiar un-celebrity desire to sod the limelight as she brings up a toddler, is a selfish little woman who must be publicly humiliated.


Instead, the rich and famous donate their precious time, and for this they expect to be celebrated and congratulated, as if before they flashed their expensively whitened teeth in the video for a song, we had no idea that Ebola was a problem, or that thousands of Africans were spending their last days on this earth in unimaginable horror, bleeding from every orifice, unable even to be comforted by their family and loved ones.

But anyone who refuses to go along with Geldof is pilloried or sworn at; so, when a Sky News presenter asked him a perfectly reasonable question yesterday morning about the tax practices of some of the artists featured on the song, his only answer was “it’s b******s”. This is the kind of response you might expect from a 21-year-old with a YouTube channel, but from a 63-year-old trying to engage the public in a subject as grave as Ebola, it just seems churlish. How can he expect us to take him seriously if he cannot behave in a serious manner himself?

Certainly, I don’t want to be told how to behave philanthropically by a man worth an estimated £32 million, a man who is said to use tax avoidance schemes (it is telling that when a journalist asked him two years ago how much tax he paid, Geldof exploded at her, saying: 'My time? Is that not a tax?’ Well, no, Bob, it isn’t).

I don’t want to be implored to give charitably by a band that travels in separate private jets because they don’t get on (One Direction), or by a man who avoids Irish taxes while simultaneously telling the Irish government to help developing countries (Bono).


 アデル側からのゲルドフへの反論。

Band Aid 2014: Adele's spokesperson denies singer ignored request
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/nov/17/adele-spokesperson-denies-ignored-band-aid-30-request

 正直、誰だか全く知らないのだが、今日のガーディアンにアフリカ出身の男性歌手による、何故彼は参加しなかったのかの表明がある。

Why I had to turn down Band Aid
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/nov/19/turn-down-band-aid-bob-geldof-africa-fuse-odg

Seeing what looked like the corpse of an African woman being carried out of her home on primetime TV when the video was premiered on X Factor crystallised my concerns about this strategy to combat the Ebola crisis. For me it is ultimately flawed.

A week before the recording of Band Aid 30, I received a call from Geldof asking if I would take part. I was honoured to be asked and, connecting with his passion for wanting to tackle the Ebola crisis, said I wanted to offer my support.

But I also had my concerns. I was sceptical because of the lyrics and the videos of the previous charity singles, and I worried that this would play into the constant negative portrayal of the continent of Africa in the west. Geldof and I spoke at length about this and he agreed with me on many levels, assuring me that we could use it as an opportunity to showcase the positives of Africa.

However, on receiving the proposed lyrics on Thursday – two days before the recording was due to take place in London – I was shocked and appalled by their content. The message of the Band Aid 30 song absolutely did not reflect what Africa is truly about and I started to question whether this was something I wanted to be a part of.

I pointed out to Geldof the lyrics I did not agree with, such as the lines “Where a kiss of love can kill you and there’s death in every tear”, and “There is no peace and joy in west Africa this Christmas”. For the past four years I have gone to Ghana at Christmas for the sole purpose of peace and joy. So for me to sing these lyrics would simply be a lie.


 この、Fuse ODGという男性歌手のことは全く知らないが、あたってしまって彼の不安は、言い換えれば、西欧白人のアフリカへの視線は、全く変わっていないということ。

I hope from the bottom of my heart that the disease can be eradicated in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. But though shock tactics and negative images may raise money in the short term, the long-term damage will take far longer to heal.

 この最後の言葉は、核心を突いていると思う。

 最初に引用したテレグラフの記事で書かれているように、主催者側の「素晴らしいことをしてあげている俺たちが正しいに決まっているだろう」と言わんばかりの態度に、チャリティとはそんなものではないだろう、と僕も思う。

 僕はチャリティへの募金へネガティヴな意見を持ってはいない。また、募金を募る側に回った体験もあるので、募金を依頼する側の事情も多少知っているつもり。

http://loveandhatelondon.blog102.fc2.com/blog-entry-1818.html

 ただ、どのような形であれ、チャリティにどのようにかかわるかは個人の判断が最も尊重されるべきだと考える。9月に読んだこの本。

http://loveandhatelondon.blog102.fc2.com/blog-entry-2323.html

 著者によると、調査対象となった海津町は、近隣の他の町に比べて募金を集めるのが難しい町とのこと。それは、チャリティに熱心ではない、ということではなく、「人は人、我は我」、「どこそこの誰がどれくらい募金したから自分もするということはしない」という意識があると。

 チャリティは強制・義務ではない。自らの判断で行動を起こすかだと僕は思う。

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