10th July 2018
Does the end justify the means
when it comes to 'poverty porn'?
Here is an article I wrote for UAL's Postgraduate Community:
British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has been a powerhouse of mainstream music since breaking into the industry with “The A Team” in 2011, securing him Brit Awards for British Break through Act and Best British Male Solo Artist, just a year after the single’s release. He has since sold more than 26 million albums and 100 million singles worldwide. Last year, however, Sheeran received a notably less glamorous accolade; a Rusty Radiator Award, for fronting the “most offensive” charity video appeal of 2017. The video, shot for Comic Relief, features the singer’s visit to a desolate shoreside in Liberia, where the celebrity befriends three local children
and offers to pay for their temporary stay in a hotel after having discovered that the boys were sleeping in abandoned canoes...
Image credit: Wateraid/Eliza Powell