Culture Then vs Now: 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

"Do they know it's Ramadan?"

As January 2018 gets into full-swing, it's hard not to wonder what the year will hold culturally. Will political correctness and social justice tighten their grip on us, or will 2017 have been the turning point for a society gone very, very wrong?

Time will tell, but a song from the 2017 Mark Wahlberg-Will Ferrell holiday comedy Daddy's Home 2 suggests how far the culture has declined over the past few decades. Last year was notably different from, for example, 1984 -- the year that gave the world Daddy's Home 2's featured old-school Christmas pop anthem, "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

In 1983, American television was rife with reports of famine in Ethiopia. In response to the terrible plight of so many, Irish musician Bob Geldof and Scottish singer-songwriter James "Midge" Ure wrote a song contrasting the harsh realities of those suffering in the third world with the relatively privileged, first-world enjoyment of the holiday season. The tune -- the proceeds of which went to Ethiopian aid -- dominated the airwaves, performed by an all-star group of no-doubt mostly-liberal, European music stars. Sounds perfectly acceptable for contemporary left-wing politics, right? Not so much. The lyrics were as follows:

It's Christmastime, there's no need to be afraid
At Christmastime, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmastime
But say a prayer, pray for the other ones
At Christmastime it's hard, but when you're having fun
There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing 
Is the bitter sting of tears

And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you

And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmastime
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life
Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

Here's to you
Raise a glass for everyone
Here's to them
Underneath that burning sun
Do they know it's Christmastime at all?

Feed the world
Feed the world
Feed the world 
Let them know it's Christmastime again 
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmastime again 
Feed the world 
Let them know it's Christmastime again 
Feed the world 
Let them know it's Christmastime again 
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmastime again 
Feed the world
Let them know it's Christmastime again

These lyrics raise a lot of objections for today's cultural Marxist. The following is a "politically correct" revision of the song, with changes which would have to be made now in order to be acceptable to social justice fascists, with explanations in brackets:

It's Holiday time [Christmas endorses evil Christianity, and it is cultural imperialism to try to spread Christmas cheer to Ethiopians], there's no need to be afraid
At Holiday time, we let in good and we banish bad [using "dark" to represent evil is racist]

And in our world of privilege ["plenty" is unfair if others don't have enough] we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Holiday time

But think good thoughts [there is no God, and "prayer" is a Christian concept], send positive vibes into the Universe for the other ones
At Holiday time it's hard, but when you're having fun

There's a world outside your window
And it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing 
Is the bitter sting of tears [This is all inoffensive as is]

And the Holiday sounds [no bells; bells suggest Christmas] are the clanging chimes of things that may trigger you ["doom" is too frightening a concept for millennials]
Well tonight admit to the gender-neutral Universe your privilege if you are a straight, white, cisgender male -- everyone else is oppressed, you evil bastard

And there won't be snow in Africa this Winter Break
The greatest thing they'll have this year is life ["gift" connotes Christmas which, again, is bad]
Where nothing ever grows
No rain nor rivers flow
Do they know it's Kwanzaa at all? [alternative non-white holidays like Kwanzaa -- which no one actually celebrates -- are okay, and more inclusive and diverse than racist Christmas]

Here's to you
Raise a glass for everyone
Here's to them
Underneath that burning sun
Do they know it's Ramadan at all? [Islam is better than Christianity]

Feed the people of color
Feed the transgenders and Caitlyn Jenner
Feed the Muslim Freedom Fighters
Let them know it's Agender Pride Day again 
Feed Black Lives Matter
Let them know it's Asexual Awareness Week again 
Feed the Undocumented Immigrants 
Let them know it's Celebrate Bisexuality Day again 
Feed the Dreamers
Let them know it's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia again 
Feed the LGBTQIAPK
Let them know it's International Non-Binary People's Day again 
Feed the world, except cops and straight white males
Let them know it's Barack Obama Day again

There -- fixed for a modern, Progressive audience.

One more significant problem with the all-star Band-Aid which performed the songs: they were almost exclusively white males. Therefore, they were privileged whites singing about the problems of black people. That may be considered cultural appropriation. Oh, wait -- they were left-wingers, so that's okay.