In Defense of Bono!

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Is it the 22 Grammys? The fact that he’s got more money than God? That he’s been in the same band with the same 3 other members for 35 years, or that he’s never caught with drugs, pimps or prostitutes? That he stands up for faith, hope and love?  That he’s asked to speak at public events such as commencement ceremonies or the TED conferences, because he delivers positive and inspirational speeches?  That he’s helped create both One Campaign and Project (Red), whose sole purposes are to raise funds and awareness about global issues that affect humanity? Is it because people actively give to the Build a Well campaign to honor his birthday by donating money to help build water wells in Africa for the poor?

He successfully implemented debt cancellation for numerous African nations that were never going to be able to pay and now these countries are able to use that money to build schools, hospitals and a better overall infrastructure, is that the reason? Could it be that he has lobbied for greater transparency from African governments to protect against corruption & fraud? Is it his willingness and ability to compromise across political and religious lines to get things done on behalf of the vulnerable and less fortunate? Is it that the lyrics in the songs that he writes express hope and love openly? Is it because he volunteered in an Ethiopian Red Cross camp for a month?

Maybe, it’s because he actively campaigned for the release of Aung Sang Suu Kii, the pro democratic rightful leader of Burma? Was it because he brought the Bosnian Wars into the U2 shows via live satellite hook-ups because no one was reporting about the genocide and atrocities being committed? Could it be that he has done so much work with the medical community regarding aids and malaria that the ends of these horrific diseases are now in sight?  That he continues to help rid the world of extreme, stupid poverty?

How about that he has remained married to the same person all these years, or that she too has worked with for worthy causes, like Chernobyl Children’s Project or EDUN? Or maybe that, basically, through his inspiration, compassion and philanthropic ways, he has inspired others and has saved millions of lives. Tell me again, why is it you hate Bono?

 

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  • #8615

    joepit
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    Is it the 22 Grammys? The fact that he’s got more money than God? That he’s been in the same band with the same 3 other members for 35 years, or that
    [See the full post at: In Defense of Bono!]

    #8630

    Leeny
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    BEST BLOG IN THE WHOLE POT OF JOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #8631

    joepit
    Moderator

    Is that the margaritas from NYC talking? Either way, thanks Leeny! :)

    #8632

    Leeny
    Participant

    If you weren’t such a gentleman and devoted family man, I’d swear you were trying to woo me with this one. ;)

    #8635

    joepit
    Moderator

    Gentleman? Devoted? Now I know you’re drunk.;)

    #8636

    Leeny
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    Gentleman, yes!
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    If you were just another dog you’d be buying me margaritas every time you s…
    Hey, wait a minute.
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    Good thing my next meetup is in Dublin where I’ll be safe!!

    #8647

    Pam
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    Joe, that´s a wonderful tribute to Bono! It´s a pleasure to read this blog. :)

    You mentioned so many reasons why Bono deserves our appreciation and once again I get aware of all the remarkable things he has already achieved. He has always used his talents to contribute something genuinely positive and his lyrics are always hopeful, heartfelt and sincere. He is a great singer, songwriter, husband, father and activist who dedicates much energy to the fight against extreme poverty.

    #8648

    Leeny
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    But Pam, there must be something we hate about Bono. ;)
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    Just can’t think of what it might be right now. :)

    #8649

    joepit
    Moderator

    How about taking 5+ years for a new CD??? That negates all the great things I listed in the blog. ;)

    #8669

    Leeny
    Participant

    Hater!!

    #8671

    Brook
    Participant

    He makes them feel guilty without even trying.

    Actually, I honestly believe it’s that they feel he preaches at people to give money to causes (when he doesn’t – how many times have we heard him say, “We’re not looking for your money; we’re looking for your voice”), while not giving any of his own (as if he would openly blab about how much money he gives, which I’m sure we can all imagine is considerable).

    That’s it. That’s definitely it!

    #8673

    Leeny
    Participant

    I don’t know. It could also be that no one else looks that good in leather pants. ;)

    #8706

    alma
    Participant

    One of the bestest of blogs in the whole blogosphere!

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but Bono’s never bleached his hair blonde for us, has he? At least not totally. (What’s wrong w/him?) Doesn’t he owe us that? I thought I read it in the fan manual somewhere. Don’t we have a right to know what he would look like blonde? (Personally, I don’t want to, but…)

    I thought the manual said celebrities must please everyone! We don’t ask for much! It’s a very reasonable request.

    #8946

    James
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    GOOD blog !!!

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