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    Well, there was that south park episode...

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    I love Bono. I've been a big fan of U2 since the 80's and I only like him more and more as time goes by. I guess I can understand where a person might be taken back by another if he is very outspoken about a topic that they are against... so I guess being outspoken itself could attract some negative from some people...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaPerformer View Post
    I love Bono. I've been a big fan of U2 since the 80's and I only like him more and more as time goes by. I guess I can understand where a person might be taken back by another if he is very outspoken about a topic that they are against... so I guess being outspoken itself could attract some negative from some people...
    I'm really starting to wonder now if the Bono-hating thing is more of a cynical European reaction - given that I think most of you are Americans (I'm a Canadian living in the UK, for the record).

    If it was mostly English people in this thread, at least half of you would have said how much you loathe him - from my experience.
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    To me, it seems like he has a huge ego. That doesn't make me hate him, but I would be wary of inviting him over for tea.

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    they hate him because so meny people say that they hate him
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    I know people who like him. Personally, i merely find him annoying. He strikes me as pretentious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilkRoad View Post
    Mind you, he is more than a little annoying. He can come across as self-centered, self-righteous, preachy, OTT, pretentious...etc.
    I'm a believer in this camp. He takes on issues which are admirable but speaks with an air of feigned authority that makes me push mute. It's not just a British thing either. SST Records used to print Bono Sucks t-shirts back in the 80's.

    Don't get me wrong, though. Celebrities with problems aren't any better. It's all a matter of who's the loudest.

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    I definitely think a lot of people hate Bono, and I am puzzled by it, because many celebrities are criticized for NOT doing what he does. You kind of can't win as a celebrity.

    Bono doesn't just give lip service to fuzzy concepts like "awareness"...he educates himself on the causes he champions, he travels to the places he wants to help, and he engages world leaders, scientists and economists in discussions of how to help. He's not a dilettante. If there is a reason why people hate him, I think it's because he makes no bones about openly using his celebrity to get people to pay attention to causes. I think that he sees his celebrity as a chit to be cashed in, and if you don't understand that this is what he's doing, it can come off as pompous or self-absorbed.

    That's not to say he's egoless. Any rock star worth his salt has a pretty gigantic ego, even if they like to hide it (*cough* Thom Yorke). It's in the job description. And I'd love it if he didn't make speeches during concerts. I'd prefer he kept it separate. That said, I don't see why he should be pilloried for an ego when you have a world full of people like Pete Doherty, 50 Cent and Roman Polanski who are romanticized and cast as tragic heroes for their failings or misdeeds. I guess the lesson is that earnestness is not cool.

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    Bono is a self-obsessed attention whore. That being said, he's no worse then any other pop-star who ever lived.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimmy View Post
    Bono is a self-obsessed attention whore. That being said, he's no worse then any other pop-star who ever lived.
    Sure, and you could argue that unlike many others, he's done something useful with it...
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