Bob Geldof to 'Do They Know It's Christmas' Critics: 'F--- Off'

Monica Simoes
Bob Geldof perform on stage during the Amnesty International Concert in Brooklyn, New York.

Christmas music doesn't usually inspire cursing and vitriol, but then again, Band Aid's charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is not just any Christmas song: it's a charity single with contributions from One Direction, Bono, Rita Ora, Emeli Sande, and many others. The latest criticism of the tune comes from William Pooley, a nurse who worked in Sierra Leone and called "Do They Know It's Christmas?" "cringeworthy."

Bob Geldof, who helped organize the Band Aid project, suggested that Pooley and others "can f--- off."

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Geldof sang lead in the Irish band The Boomtown Rats, who had hits in the late '70s and early '80s. He's also a committed activist, and he helped start the Band Aid charity single tradition three decades ago. However, his good intentions have come under fire. Lily Allen, Damon Albarn, and others have all expressed reservations about "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

Geldof says bring it on. "They're more than welcome to be offended by me. I couldn't give a toss," he told Radio Times. "It's a pop song, it's not a doctoral thesis."

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