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March 7th, 2008

(no subject) @ 11:42 pm

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Being a U2 fan, and a fan of Bono I'm sure many of you are confronted with this complaint: that Bono shouldn't be talking about politics, what does he know about AIDS in Africa, or Global Warming blahblahblah, and that rock stars should just stick to music, etc. Maybe you agree with this, but I personally don't see what is so terrible about someone who is in a position to inform the mainstream doing so. He's not doing it for money (for obvious reasons) he's not doing it for fame (because he can't possibly become more famous) and we all know for a fact the band isn't always happy about his constant crusading. So what do you say to these detractors? Do you even engage them at all? I'm just tired of hearing people whine about it. That's all. Kbye.
 
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From:supacatie
Date:March 8th, 2008 08:57 am (UTC)
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Personally, I think people who rubbish what he has to say feel uncomfortable because he makes them face the truth and makes people feel guilty that they let things go.

Sometimes he says things that me think "Shut up and sing", but ultimately I think he's doing the right thing.
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From:atomic_joe2
Date:March 8th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
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Oh I try not to have that particular discussion. Its best to focus on the music which is the main reason we like U2. Rather than think about how rock stars ask ordinary people for donations etc, when they've got millions more than the average person and if they care that much why don't they give all their money to it?

See what I mean! But nobody's perfect. Highlighting issues and people like Amnesty International is a good thing, essentially.
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From:icymorning
Date:March 8th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)

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I personally think he should and ought to do it. There is a duty and a responsability that comes with this level of fame - that many Hollywood personae may not undertake, but I think Bono's sense of responsability comes with his irish personality ... or so I like to believe. When you have the following U2 has, people listen - and if you find a medium to draw a million people's attention at a time, you should use it or something useful. Bono is probably more trusted by the general public than the average politician.

I happen to work in conflict resolution, so I know the extent to which Bono's work has impacted many UN-funded projects, Amnesty International campaigns etc. This is no different as naming Angelina Jolie or Renee Zellwegger as ambassadors. We need publicity, and as much as we can. Who's better than Bono for that ? Many criticize him for making a business out of it, but that's how it should be done.

What to say to detractors ? Bono extracted over $5 million from Bush in the struggle for AIDS. The cheque actually arrived. He did more in that meeting than in a decade. I think it speaks for itself. You may disagree on his approaches, but I challenge just about anyone else to do that in such a short period of time. Bono travelled a lot since the very beginning of U2's career. He helped the Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina, which is a project I did a lot of research on, and I was very surprised to hear one of my teachers, Dr David Tombs, mention Bono's work there. Academia and research are very elitist fields of work, but Bono is not Bono himself when he goes to the stand ; he represents millions of U2 fans that have voting ballots in their hands. He scares the hell out of the corrupt. That's what we need.

Personally, I feel better knowing he does.
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From:adriana_is
Date:March 8th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Personally, I don't let the critics bother me. He's going to continue his work no matter who says what because he's fighting for very worthy causes and he is totally engaged in it. While, IMO, the band may not like it, they certainly support his efforts as his friends.

I just wish more "rock stars" would be as dedicated to a cause as he is.
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From:canadanne
Date:March 8th, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
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The other day there was a conversation in my office about people who haven't received Knighthoods but should have, and I overheard a colleague mutter something about how disgraceful it was, considering "some of the lazy people they hand them out to... Bono for example".

What an utterly moronic thing to say. You may not like Bono - you might criticise him for a number of things - but to describe him as "lazy" is about as ignorant as you can get.
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From:corianderstem
Date:March 8th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
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"lazy"?????? Ha ha ha haaaaa. Wow.

That bastard just sits around on his ass all day, watching TV and eating bon bons.
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From:canadanne
Date:March 8th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
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I have to wonder, if Bono is deemed "lazy", what the hell does that make the rest of us?! (And what more does she want him to do, exactly...?)
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From:hbpen
Date:March 8th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)
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I just say that I think it's good that he cares about something/people other than himself. They usually will agree with that, even if they're sick of hearing from Bono. Heck, there are things that irritate the crap outta me about the One campaign, but that's just from factual errors/misrepresentations...
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From:endlessdeep
Date:March 8th, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
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If Bono wasn't a rock star this is what he would be doing. He'd be famous anyway for helping the poor. He has devoted a large portion of his life to his causes. It's not like it's a one time thing where he's spouting off about it. He gives his all and that makes all the difference in the world.

So, no, I see no problem with him talking about politics or anything else he wants to talk about. I've watched videos of some of his speeches and read interviews. He knows his subject. :)

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