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    Remake of 'Feed the World' Called Insulting to Islam

    By Barbara Dahl

    HOLLYWOOD, Dec. 19 — A nascent partnership between music industry stars and the top brass of the American military appeared on the verge of collapse this week. At issue: an ambitious musical re-make of the 1984 humanitarian hit ‘Feed the World.’ The new version, a tribute to women in Afghanistan entitled ‘Lift the Veil,’ was to feature such industry luminaries as Celine Dion, Lil Bow Wow, Joey McIntyre, Jessica Simpson, and George Michael, who appeared on the original.

    While ‘Feed the World’ spent months atop the pop charts in the U.S. and Europe, but went largely unheard in the African countries that it was intended to benefit, music industry execs and their military partners wanted to make sure that the new song was heard in Afghanistan. To get around the dearth of CD players and MP3 devices in the war-torn country, they planned to make use of tens of thousands of wind-up portable radios that the U.S. has dropped into Afghanistan in recent months.

    “It was a perfect example of Americans reaching out to people who are suffering in Afghanistan, and in the best way we know how, through song,” said Andrew Dorland, a spokesman for Vivendi Universal, one of the industry groups backing the high-profile collaboration.

    The experiment in musical ‘psyops’ came to an abrupt end, however, when ‘Lift the Veil’ was debuted last week before a select audience made up of members of the US Central Command. The military chiefs were reportedly concerned that the song’s lyrics reflected a profound ignorance about Afghan culture and might even be seen as insulting to Islam.

    The song, which retains the structure and some of the lyrics of the original, implores Afghan women to ‘lift their veils’ so that they might see that it is Christmas time outside. Military officials were reportedly most concerned by two sections of the song. The first, sung by George Michael in a reprisal of his 1984 role, urges listeners to “say a prayer,” and “pray for the covered ones,” something the officials worried might come off as a kind of musical crusades. Another section implores listeners to “raise a glass,” something that is forbidden in a culture that largely prohibits the consumption of alcohol.

    Neither were the military brass pleased with the song’s refrain, sung by the entire group: “And there won’t be snow in Kandahar this Christmas time. The greatest gift they’ll get this year is sight” – a reference to the women freed from what the song calls “that burqua-d night.”

    “If you know anything about the military operation going on right now you’d know that it snows like hell in Kandahar,” said retired Army general George V. Pratt, who hadn’t heard the song, but had read some of its lyrics.

    Still, Vivendi Universal spokesman Dorland shrugged off criticism that releasing a Christmas tribute in a Muslim country was tantamount to a musical insult. “’Lift the Veil’ is about joy and giving,” he said, “something we could all use a little more of these days.”

    The $52 billion Vivendi Universal is the product of a merger last year between the French media giant Seagram. Earlier this year, Vivendi acquired Houghton Mifflin, the leading American publisher.

    Lift the Veil 2001
    (Featuring the voices of Celine Dion, Lil Bow Wow, Joey McIntyre, Jessica Simpson, and George Michael)

    It's Christmas time
    There's no need to be afraid
    At Christmas time
    We let in light and banish shade
    Around the tree on Christmas morn
    Are gifts for everyone
    But the holidays aren't special
    When you can't see anyone

    So say a prayer
    Pray for the covered ones
    Lift the veil so they
    Can join in all the Christmas fun
    There's a world outside the burqua
    It's a world of love and joy
    Mistletoe and good cheer
    And it's not just for the boys
    Christmas is a time to be the best that we can be
    But the day is not as special
    When you cannot see the tree

    Lift the veil
    Let them know it’s Christmas time
    Lift the veil
    Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

    And they're won't be snow in Kandahar this Christmas time
    The greatest gift they'll get this year is sight
    No joy, no Christmas spark
    Because they're always in the dark
    Do they know it's Christmas time at all?
    Lift the veil
    Let them know it’s Christmas time
    Lift the veil
    Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

    Here's to them
    Raise a glass on Christmas night
    Here's to them
    Underneath that burqua-d night
    Do they know it's Christmas time at all?

    Lift the veil
    Lift the veil
    Lift the veil
    Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?
    Eat Us And Smile

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    This can't be serious. Why would Muslims give a damn if it was Christmas anyways? I wouldn't put it past the stupid asses in Hollyweird to come up with something this lame, though.

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    Who was the author of that article? Barbie Doll?
    BWWAAAAAHAHA Funniest shit I have read in a long time! The only music that should be pumped into Afghanistan is the first few Metallica records on a loop pointed at the mountains, volume at 11. That would drive the bastards out of the caves. I heard that we did a little blasting of loud music during the Gulf War. You are funny as hell sometimes Ford!
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