A British aid worker who survived Ebola has blasted the new Band Aid 30 anthem, insisting the track, recorded in a bid to highlight the disease, is "cringeworthy cultural ignorance".
Will Pooley claims Bob Geldof's reworked Do They Know It's Christmas? features lyrics that are "just a bit much".
The aid worker, who contracted the disease in Sierra Leone, tells the Radio Times, "It's Africa, not another planet. Stuff about Do They Know It's Christmas? it's just like, actually people live normal lives here and do normal things. That sort of cultural ignorance is a bit cringeworthy. There's a lyric about 'death in every tear' - it's just a bit much.
"If you feel so inclined then donate some money to one of the charities... that are working out here, directly caring for Ebola patients."
Geldof has since responded to Pooley's remarks, telling the Telegraph, "It's a pop song. Relax... If it's a pop song that can help ease the pain, the agony, if they can die with a little more dignity then, yeah, I'm there. It's pretty simple."
The Band Aid 30 charity single, which features One Direction, Sam Smith, Sinead O' Connor and Rita Ora, among others, topped the U.K. charts last month (Nov14).