Richie's Do-gooder Days Over Due To We Are The World Backlash

LIONEL RICHIE has given up trying to save the world with his music because he was pummelled for his WE ARE THE WORLD efforts. The soul man wrote the charity hit and then recruited pals like MICHAEL JACKSON, STEVIE WONDER and QUINCY JONES to help him record it as a star-studded effort. But even though he thought he was doing a wonderful thing by raising awareness about world poverty, Richie admits fans didn't always see it that way - some really thought Richie was making a huge political and religious statement. He explains, "There were 32 lawsuits... people disagreeing, saying, 'You, Michael, Quincy, how could you work the devil's work like this?' "It's unbelievable, the conversations you get with people and they think you're plotting on something."


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I wonder; was the response the same when Band Aid released 'Do They Know It's Christmas'? After all, does that not constitute putting one religion over another?I hate to play the race card because I don't normally resort to bigot-coloured spectacles but would the problem have resulted from rather prominent Black artist's being behind this project?Before anyone dismisses my question, I'm fully aware that there were plenty of prominent White artist's involved in this as well as with Sir Bob Geldof's efforts, but I just don't recall any of these kinds of attacks on him. If I'm wrong I hold my hands up in apology, but if I'm not?
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