Nigerian satirist Elnathan John has used the current measles outbreak in the U.S. to poke fun at the American over-reaction to the Ebola virus last fall during which some politicians called for a travel ban on impacted west African countries.
It’s important to note that measles is MUCH easier to catch than Ebola.
Last night, The X Factor debuted the latest version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” featuring Bono, Ellie Goulding, Sam Smith, Seal, One Direction and many more lending their talents to raise funds to combat the spread of Ebola in Africa.
The 1984 original became the biggest selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone, and passing three million sales on the last day of 1984. It stayed at Number 1 for five weeks, becoming Christmas number one, and has sold 3.7 million copies domestically.
The song was re-recorded in 1989 by Band Aid II and in 2004 by Band Aid 20, again raising funds for famine relief. The 2004 version of the song sold 1.17 million copies.
Download the 2014 version on iTunes here.
It’s incredible the wild, conspiracy theories the right-wing wackos are spreading.
Many are saying things like “President Obama WANTS Ebola to spread in the US because slavery…?”
Strange. I don’t recall when thousands of Americans were dying of AIDS in the 1980s all this right-wing, conservative concern.
Reagan ignored the issue of AIDS spreading across the country until over 20,000 Americans died. As of today, there have been (sadly) one death from Ebola in America.
Where was the outrage then? Where was the concern?
Oh. Right. The gays…
On today’s edition of The 700 Club, a viewer wrote to Robertson saying that God had called them to go on a mission trip to Kenya, but friends and family said it is too dangerous because of the recent Ebola outbreak. The writer wondered if the trip might be too dangerous due to disease like Ebola.
Robertson remarked that while there was not currently an outbreak of Ebola in Kenya, you could get AIDS.
“You might get AIDS in Kenya, people have AIDS, you’ve got to be careful,” he explained. “I mean, the towels could have AIDS.”
Pastor Ron Baity has long railed against marriage equality.
After leading many anti-gay marriage rallies and being honored by the American Family Association with their 2012 “Watchman Award,” Mr. Baity is now spewing fire and brimstone about the “super-ebola” plague (or something) that will come to America because “gay.”
(via Good As You)