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Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, And Liberian Nurses Scold World Powers For Slow Ebola Response

A grassroots association of local Ebola fighters also released a — very different — video.

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This week has seen a lot of chatter about how best to help in Ebola, and on Wednesday two new videos came into the mix.

Most of the talk has been about aging British rocker Bob Geldof's controversial choice to remake his popular but problematic charity song, "Do They Know It's Christmas?," even though West African artists have already released a charity song empty of the negative stereotypes of Africa critics say undermine Geldof's message.

The most common criticism of Geldof's fundraising jingle is that it undermines the agency of Africans to address their own needs — a point raised by both of today's videos, one from a well-resourced global campaign, the other a grassroots initiative.

The well-resourced and global ONE campaign released a celebrity-heavy — and fairly angry — Ebola video. "Talk is cheap. It's time for action."

View this video on YouTube

youtube.com / Via one.org

Sixteen celebrities and two Liberian health workers appear in the video. The subjects — and the video itself — convey an impatience with the recent rhetoric about Ebola that's uncommon among global players of ONE's stature.

The video was released simultaneously with ONE's Ebola Response Tracker, which shows just how much of the money promised by governments and donors has actually showed up. The Tracker is a unique and useful accountability tool, although the video itself connects viewers instead to a petition, urging in general language that world leaders act.

Grassroots group Africa Responds (popular on Twitter as #UnitedAgainstEbola) also released an awareness video. "We have taken matters into our own hands," its advocates proclaim. "We are Africans, and we are united against Ebola."

View this video on YouTube

youtube.com / Via africaresponds.org

They aren't faces with global fame, but this video focuses on the fast and heroic response of local people, especially health care workers, to the crisis in their home countries and how others — Africans, especially — can assist.

Although the organizations did not collaborate, the timing of the two videos implies another message: The world might have been waiting to respond, but Africans weren't.

Which, of course, Twitter noticed. In a chat hosted by @TMSRuge, who is working on the #UnitedAgainstEbola campaign, people contrasted the messages in the two videos.

@AfricaResponds I wanted to see more local heroes: doctors, nurses, waiting. But thought about it. Africa isn’t waiting #UnitedAgainstEbola

TMS Ruge@tmsrugeFollow

@AfricaResponds I wanted to see more local heroes: doctors, nurses, waiting. But thought about it. Africa isn’t waiting #UnitedAgainstEbola

8:47 PM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Additionally, @AfricaResponds PSA demonstrates local orgs are able to act, effectively, alone. #UnitedAgainstEbola http://t.co/AlzZ3PAhFn

Katelyn Brewer@KNBrewer7Follow

Additionally, @AfricaResponds PSA demonstrates local orgs are able to act, effectively, alone. #UnitedAgainstEbola http://t.co/AlzZ3PAhFn

8:21 PM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

We have to think about audience when we talk about messaging. @ONECampaign audience seems to be US or western public. #UnitedAgainstEbola

Solome Lemma@InnovateAfricaFollow

We have to think about audience when we talk about messaging. @ONECampaign audience seems to be US or western public. #UnitedAgainstEbola

8:21 PM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Star power is awesome but sometimes it feels like they overtake the cause. But hey they give the msg legs #unitedagainstebola @ONECampaign

Sa-rhan @ClasiqueFollow

Star power is awesome but sometimes it feels like they overtake the cause. But hey they give the msg legs #unitedagainstebola @ONECampaign

8:15 PM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Yes, props to @ONECampaign for bringing health care workers into their PSA. Important step towards showing agency. #UnitedAgainstEbola

Solome Lemma@InnovateAfricaFollow

Yes, props to @ONECampaign for bringing health care workers into their PSA. Important step towards showing agency. #UnitedAgainstEbola

8:20 PM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Hopefully like the diversity in their PSA @ONECampaign will also support local health care workers and grassroots orgs #UnitedAgainstEbola

Danjuma Carter@TheDanjumaFollow

Hopefully like the diversity in their PSA @ONECampaign will also support local health care workers and grassroots orgs #UnitedAgainstEbola

9:01 PM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The different approaches to raising awareness ended more happily here than in Bob Geldof land.

Geldof turned snotty and sexist when superstar Adele opted to make a private donation to Oxfam's Ebola efforts rather than join Geldof's chorus.

But ONE and #UnitedAgainstEbola know that there's no room for haters in eradicating the disease.

We may not have had celebs but we felt our msg was heard. Be #unitedagainstebola however you choose but remember the local heros & soldiers

Africa Responds@AfricaRespondsFollow

We may not have had celebs but we felt our msg was heard. Be #unitedagainstebola however you choose but remember the local heros & soldiers

8:30 PM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Big thank you to #AfricaResponds #UnitedAgainstEbola chat participants for feedback on our Ebola video today. We are in this together.

ONE@ONECampaignFollow

Big thank you to #AfricaResponds #UnitedAgainstEbola chat participants for feedback on our Ebola video today. We are in this together.

8:56 PM - 19 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Jina Moore is the global women's rights correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Berlin.

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