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Options November 25, 2014: An Attitude Of Gratitude

Ten days ago Bob Geldof and his cohorts in the charity supergroup Band Aid reconvened to record yet another version of Do They Know It's Christmas Time?, the song that topped the charts all over the world in November 1984. Thirty years later, Band Aid 30 (intervening recordings were dubbed Band Aid II and Band Aid 20), was prompted not only by an anniversary but by the devastation of Ebola (The tagline? Buy The Song, Stop The Virus). 

You would think with such a noble cause the whole endeavor would be above reproach. Wrong. Last year at Christmas-time, Wyndham Wallace, writing for The Quietus, tore apart the patronizing lyrics of the original. This latest version has seen a range of criticism, from doctors who say it overstates the risk of Ebola transmission to those who think Bob Geldof should be reminded that Africa has some of the world's fastest-growing economies to singer Lily Allen who was invited to perform on the song but feels the proceedings were "A bit smug..." to Adele, who just refused to take part despite a reported one hundred calls from Bob Geldof to a singer who DID take part but feels the "patronizing" lyrics should've been changed. Those are just the tip of the proverbial bitch-berg. Use your favorite browser and search "Band Aid 30 criticism". I'll see you back here in a few days.

Are you back? I'm grateful. In fact, I have an "Attitude of Gratitude" (I stole that from the tag on my tea bag) at this time of year. Thursday is - of course - Thanksgiving and it's been a year since I discussed what's in my "Thank Bank" and what's in yours. Tonight, all those Band Aid songs will serve as your dialing music. Call 201-209-WFMU and let's hear your "Attitude of Gratitude" and your thoughts on charity, supergroups and the unholy alliance of the two. I'll also help you navigate your visit home by modeling the worst members of your family. A little practice never hurt.

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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/25/14 6:10pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Yes, seek out the newsletter. The Thanksgiving story with its wonderful twist was riveting.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/25/14 6:14pm dale:

grateful i own my house and vehicle free and clear, the roof is good, my wife is a great chef and i have no diseases or enemies.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/25/14 6:17pm Ken From Hyde Park:

I was kind of partial to Hear 'n Aid from Ronnie James Dio and the heavy metal folks.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/25/14 6:26pm dale:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/25/14 6:27pm Mike East:

I am grateful for my wife and two daughters. I freakin love those girls.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/25/14 6:31pm Mike East:

I'm also grateful that I steer clear of hateful crap like that on the internet.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/25/14 6:31pm JakeGould:

Things like Ferguson truly show you who people really are. That this kind of tragedy can happen and the response is just entitled, clueless, passive-aggressive racism.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/25/14 6:32pm Fuzzy:

The Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory is irrefutable:

Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/25/14 6:34pm Mike East:

nice, Fuzzy.
  Tue. 11/25/14 6:38pm Charles:

Give thanks for Chris T. and for that weird turkey gif!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/25/14 6:39pm dale:

cops are supposed to diffuse situations - not escalate them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/25/14 6:40pm Fuzzy:

Wilson is already kicking off his Wingnut Welfare World tour -- live with fucking Stephanopoulos as I type.
Avatar Tue. 11/25/14 6:42pm DanH:

"The police are not there to maintain disorder, the police is there to preserve disorder" - Mayor Richard Daley after the Chicago 1968 riots.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/25/14 6:46pm patrick321:

Saw on web today, 409 people shot and killed by police in US in 2013, compared to 0 in Germany, 3 in UK, 0 in Japan.
That's a mindset.
  Tue. 11/25/14 6:47pm Chrales:

Chris T., this is one of the most honest conversations about the issues that I've heard in the last 24 hours.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Tue. 11/25/14 6:48pm dale:

good caller.......
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 11/25/14 6:55pm JakeGould:

The GIF is vile. Just saying.
  Tue. 11/25/14 7:00pm Charles:

Good caller, good show, weirdly vile gif.
  Tue. 11/25/14 10:54pm Eric holder:

Chris. Embarrassed about being White and "privileged"?
You have much deeper problems!
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