I'm a fan of him. Less so of the music these days (though there are some interesting elements). I like that he is thinking strategically about things and trying to do something productive. I've seen many, many artists and actors who are far more clueless and airheaded in their charitable side. He has the traits we admire him for, and he has the traits that annoy the hell out of us. I can see past the annoying part to some passion though, and it seems well directed.
Freude, schöner Götterfunken Tochter aus Elysium, Wir betreten feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligtum! Deine Zauber binden wieder Was die Mode streng geteilt; Alle Menschen werden Brüder, Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.
I just think U2 is grossly overrated. Bono should have been pursuing humanitarian efforts from the get-go. Then maybe we'd have less people with AIDS, and the radio wouldn't be plagued with "With or Without You."
Btw: This left-wing fad to hate Bono is probably based off the notion that he's causing humanitarian efforts to be come too mainstream. You know there are some serious pretentious assholes out there whose standards for liking something are based on how "unique" it is or how few people there are that also like said thing. Once something becomes popular, it's bound to suck, right?
Mind you, he is more than a little annoying. He can come across as self-centered, self-righteous, preachy, OTT, pretentious...etc.
I generally feel this, but probably even milder; I definitely don't hate him or give much thought to him. I like some of U2's old songs, but I'm not a big fan, and the general over-rating of U2 annoys me more than Bono himself. I dislike when a band coasts on their past music; people seem to think everything new they make is above reproach. I'm sure the hardcore fans see the downslide in their music, but the general media acts like any band that has managed to stick around for 20 years can't produce crap after a certain point (when it's usually the opposite - they start to suck after 20 years). Again, this is only mildly annoying, and nowhere near hate.
I agree with JivinJeffJones that it may seem he is a little "too perfect" for some people's tastes, and it makes them feel better to bag on him.
"Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself. But it's always with love - So much love it looks like everything else. Charlotte Sometimes - So far away, glass sealed and pretty." - The Cure