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September 1st, 2005

Hard to believe it.... @ 08:43 pm

wire_tripper:
...but Bono is beginning to annoy me. I mean, don't get me wrong i'm a huge U2 fan, but recently i can't stand Bono and all of his political jabberings.


A week or so ago a friend and i were talking about celebrities and their need to speak on behalf of impovershished countries. And of course Bono came up. In the heat of the conversation i started to think of things like "Bono is preaching about how poor other countries are, but he is wearing Dolce Gabana"..."The sunglasses Bono wears are 300+"...And i started to think "What a hypocrite".

Before you decide to load you guns and track me down, i will let you know i acknowledge what Bono has down for impoverished countries. I realize how much better things are because of all the attention he brings to these countiries. I know he is the reason thousands of dollars are raised each year. I am aware of the clothing line Edun, and of D.A.T.A .


But right now, Bono is under my skin.
 
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From:hbpen
Date:September 2nd, 2005 03:56 am (UTC)
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Now you've got Bono & Sinatra's version of "I've got you under my skin" in my head. Hehehehe ;)
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From:specialcamper
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
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oh my god me too.
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From:unorthodox_muse
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:02 am (UTC)
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I go through the same thing. I've mentioned my distaste before and have been ravaged by many because by god, he earned his cash and he has a right to those 300 dollar sunglasses!

Eh, at least he is trying. And if I had the money I'd probably be dressing the same way. I'd be a hypocrite to say I was not a hypocrite in some way shape or form. ;)

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From:specialcamper
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
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HE is not my favorite member of U2.
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From:donnaidh_sidhe
Date:September 2nd, 2005 05:47 am (UTC)
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I mean really, with an arse like Larry's, who's got time for anyone else?
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From:chelsea_doll
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
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"Bono is preaching about how poor other countries are, but he is wearing Dolce Gabana"..."The sunglasses Bono wears are 300+"...And i started to think "What a hypocrite".

But you know, Bono has always been completely upfront about the fact that he's a celebrity. He's the first to mock himself in those situations by saying, I know I'm just another celebrity with a cause...but please listen. Sure, he does wear all of the fancy clothes and jewelry but he has never tried to hide the fact that he has money. He's no P. Diddy, however, so you have to give him that. And compared to a lot of the celebrities out there who are trying to raise awareness of a cause, he's probably on the lower spectrum of flashy.
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From:corianderstem
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
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I understand Bono being annoying. But he's not a hypocrite. Where is it written that only the poor can try to help the poor?

If he were telling everyone to give away all their worldly possessions to help the poor of the world, then you'd have something.

Annoying? At times. A hypocrite? Nah.
From:when_it_rained
Date:September 2nd, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
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ooh, well put. and concise.
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From:aaronlisa
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)
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I think it's a situation where Bono is one of those celebs that could donate half of his personal wealth to the charities he believes in and still be filthy rich tomorrow.

I respect him for what he's done and for the fact that he really believes in the charities that he supports.

At the same time, I can totally relate to how annoying it can be. It makes me really annoyed when he tells the Canadian Prime Minister (I'm from Canada) that Canada has to spend more money on ending world poverty and he's sitting there in $300+ sunglasses and so on.
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From:kohls_samurai
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:30 am (UTC)
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I heard all profit from the Vertigo tour was being donated to 3rd world relief. Is that not true?
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From:interiority
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
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I wear $400 glasses and I haven't donated more than $20 to charities this year (even with the recent hurricane). Which is worse?

I'm not proud of it... but the glasses ARE (designer) prescription, and I am broke. $1.09 in my account until my paycheck is deposited tomorrow.

Not sure what my point is here... I think my point is that Bono's efforts don't annoy me.
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From:musicallotus
Date:September 2nd, 2005 10:21 pm (UTC)
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Every single pair of my glasses *has* to cost at least $400, because of the very high prescription and the things that have to go along with it (high index or whatever it is now, anti-reflection, etc.). I don't even care about whether it's designer or not.

Granted, it's completely covered under my dad's insurance, but anyway...

My family is not a millionaire family, but we do have many nice belongings and more than one property, and I pay a lot of tuition for law school right now... But I do donate to charity, volunteer for all kinds of things, and am very pro-humanitarian.

I honestly don't really see Bono's $300 glasses as a big deal at all. I think that $300 is PENNIES to him (assuming he bought it - I'm sure that he really didn't have to pay that anyway, as people said it). He has tens (hundreds? I have no idea!) of millions of dollars, and I'm sure that he gives a very significant portion of it to charity, not to mention the incredible amount of work and lobbying he does.

Yes, a tad bit annoying when he says things about Martin (I agree with Bono on the whole and in PRINCIPLE, but I know that things in reality just can't work that way in an imperfect world). But not a hypocrite.
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From:hew_
Date:September 2nd, 2005 04:56 am (UTC)
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Meh. He's earned those $300 shades.
I wish I could help as much as him.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:September 2nd, 2005 05:28 am (UTC)
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I would bet a *pair* of those designer sunglasses that he doesn't pay a dime for them.

As another poster said, he's not a hypocrite. Is the whole point of the new campaigns not that no matter how much money you have, it's not enough to solve these problems? If Bill Gates can't, Bono certainly isn't able to.

The man works tirelessly for what he believes in, he quietly donates millions to charities, and all this while fronting one of the biggest bands in the world and touring. What else is there?
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From:jenvargas
Date:September 2nd, 2005 05:36 am (UTC)
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He's part of the BIGGEST BAND IN THE WORLD. He's a walking billboard. He doesn't HAVE to pay for much in regards to fashion, I'm sure. BUT, I can always tell when someone else is dressing him ;)
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From:typewriterking
Date:September 2nd, 2005 05:49 am (UTC)

It Doesn't Bother Me

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Somehow, I’ve never felt the urge to write him off as what they call a “limousine liberal” in some circles. I just think of him as a rock star that does a lot of pro bono (ha-ha!) work for the poor, much like a doctor or lawyer, and I have no problem with him spending the money he earns. This band spends more time in the studio than any other, it seems, and they’re entitled to what the market values it at.

Sure, when he threatens national leaders liked Canada’s Paul Martin for not handing over tax-payer (average Canadian) money, well, that’s excessive, but if it isn’t Bono, it will just be some other special interest with a private jet.

As for the glasses, I’d appreciate it if a do-gooder would dress more frugally, but that’s none of my business.

What concerns me about it all is the direction he’s taking Live8, and what happens if he starts taking on any “deficit hawks” within the governments of my country or yours. We have a budget deficit here, and it isn’t difficult to convince a politician to be generous with someone else’s money. What I’m saying is that no interest is going give up their pet budgetary project, so when Bono comes around, he’s going to demand more burden be tacked onto the deficit, and those few officials holding their thumbs in the dike will be considered inhumane for being reluctant in taking out more debts to help Africans.

Wealth is finite, and 0.07% of a nation’s GDP is a lot of money.
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From:boriel
Date:September 3rd, 2005 04:19 am (UTC)

Re: It Doesn't Bother Me

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i beg to differ. I'm canadian and our country is operating in a surplus for the first time in many years. And we can afford 0.7% And the reason Bono is hassling our Prime Minister is that he met with him in private many times, convinced him that indeed we could afford it, was promised that amount and then Paul Martin went back on his promise. Bono tried to convince him again, but Paul's excuse was that we are in a surplus now but he cannot predict the future so in a few years we might not be able to do it...so he pulled back. Bono told him if he went back on his word, he'd become a pain in his arse, and so he is. In actual truth, both men like and respect each other and state that they have a job to do and both of them also expect the other to try and change their mind.
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From:astartesyriaca
Date:September 2nd, 2005 06:21 am (UTC)
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I agree with the sentiments expressed as far as:

1. He likely gets gifted his wardrobe as many of the rich & famous
2. Even if he pays for everything, he is wealthy enough to buy what he likes AND be charitable

I saw him speak in Portland last year, and it was one of the most moving, inspiring events I have ever attended (that and it was the night he got the briefcase back, which was rad). You are welcome to be annoyed, but I think there are plenty of others out there more deserving of the emotion.
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From:flashfire
Date:September 2nd, 2005 07:30 am (UTC)
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See, I don't really get this mentality.

You're complaining because he's trying to drum up support for poor nations while wearing some expensive items of clothing.

How far do you extend that line, then? At what point does it become "valid" - when he starts wearing clothes bought at the thrift store?

Would it somehow make his efforts more meaningful if he started living like he was in poverty?

I doubt it. He's in a position to speak and be listened to by more people than any of us and it shouldn't matter how he dresses. I guarantee you there are a lot of other celebrities out there who spend thousands of dollars on their wardrobes and they could care less about Africa.
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From:beuchi
Date:September 2nd, 2005 11:40 am (UTC)
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I totally agree with you. You have said the same that I was going to write :)

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From:_underwhelmed
Date:September 2nd, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC)
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i don't think his style of dress, even if he pays for his sunglasses or not, has a lot to do with his poltical involvement. the fact is he has achived a fincial bracket that affords him a certain amount of decadence. unlike other celebrities and stars, he uses his status to try and make a difference.
i figure that if i had the money he did, i sure as hell would buy fancy cars and expensive sunglasses and whatnot. anyone that doesn't feel that they would indugle if they could afford it is lying to you.
the purchases he makes in his personal life don't make what he says about third world debt anyless valid.
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From:zoostation
Date:September 2nd, 2005 01:22 pm (UTC)
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I'd ramble about it, but everyone else already did.

I remember writing something about this in antibono.
I'll quote it here, cause it does apply:
I really can't stand it when people claim that certain celebrities don't do enough. Granted, there may be celebrities who don't do enough. But you can't just go around claiming a particular person doesn't do enough. You don't know that. For all you know, he could be donating millions to various charities and you'd never know about it.
Some people gloat like crazy about it Angelina Jolie/Brad Pitt/Bono and others don't. They keep it to themselves. A good deed is kept quiet.
I'm not going to say gloating is a horrible thing to do, cause it absolutely does raise awareness. Bono the publicity whore (not a bad term at all) knows it and that's why he does it.


Perhaps it's the fact that he does wear flashy sunglasses that gets people to pay attention. Any publicity is good publicity.

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