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Global Citizen Live: It sticks in the throat to be lectured to about inequality by mega-wealthy celebs living in luxury

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On Saturday night, the BBC devoted hours of programming to Global Citizen Live: Music Festival for the Planet – a collection of pop concerts and performances from London, New York, Paris, Lagos, Mumbai, Seoul and Sydney in support of the Global Citizen movement.

Up to a billion people around the globe were expected to tune into a 24-hour broadcast, one way or another. But are wealthy pop stars really the best ambassadors for the cause?

According to its website, “Global Citizen is a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. Through our mix of content and events, grassroots organizing, and our action platform, we are building a movement to end poverty. We organize massive global campaigns to amplify the actions of Global Citizens from around the world.

No one could disagree that ending extreme poverty is a worthy cause. But watching the opening few minutes of the show, featuring K-pop superstars BTS and Kiwi singer-songwriter Lorde, this was virtue-signalling gone mad. Moreover, while Global Citizen was asking for donations to provide school meals, plant trees and deliver vaccines, this was ultimately an advocacy campaign getting free airtime on the supposedly politically neutral BBC.

For starters, many of the performers are mega-wealthy themselves. At the Paris gig, for example, the headliners were Ed Sheeran (reported net worth £200 million) and........

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