Bono receives honorary knighthood
Bono has been a vocal campaigner about global aid and trade
U2 singer Bono has accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin.
Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman's wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway's official residence.
The rock star and campaigner, 46, is not entitled to be called "Sir" because he is not a British citizen.
He said: "You have permission to call me anything you want except Sir." But he did suggest alternatives: "Lord of lords, your demi-godness," he joked.
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair described the star as an inspiration in the fight against global poverty, in a letter that was read out at the small gathering.
Bono received the honour from British Ambassador David Reddaway
Bono has become a vocal campaigner about issues of aid and fair trade, particularly in Africa.
"I'll leave it to others far more knowledgeable than me to talk about U2's music - all I'll say is that, along with millions of others right across the world, I'm a huge fan," Mr Blair wrote.
The U2 singer's new title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).
He said the accolade would help him secure talks about Third World debt with politicians around the world.
"An award like this actually really helps me get through a few doors I wouldn't get through and that's the truth, that's the way the world is," he said.
He added: "It has been a great year for this award to happen in, and it does feel like this country and Great Britain are closer than they have ever been."
He was planning a more low-key ceremony until he saw last week's historic talks between Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley and Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, he said.
"I wasn't even going to have a bit of a do, I was going to slip it in, keep it very, very quiet," the star said.
"But when I saw Big Ian sitting down there with Gerry Adams I just thought this is the end of an era, but the beginning of a much better one."
Other previous non-British recipients of the KBE include Bob Geldof, Bill Gates, Placido Domingo, Rudolf Giuliani and Steven Spielberg.
It always needs to be said.
BONO IS A C[b:1745df33ea]U[/b:1745df33ea]NT[/size:1745df33ea]
Thats 'SIR' C U N T to you.
Great, he's a "Knight Commander", of an non-existent Empire. Which has no Knights in it to command.
Perhaps we could award some similar chivalours titles to starving African babies too? They might all die of AIDS, dystentry, cholera, maleria and facial scabies, but at least they'd be able to put "SIR Rastus Odinga" on their grave stone.
Was this not forever ago?
Proposed ages ago, presented today.
he'll be much harder so assissinate now though, with his sword and helmet and armour and all those other Knights of the British Empire at his command....
he's doing it for the people!
Apparently when Bono was told he couldn't be called Sir he asked if he could be called Christ instead. Bono Christ, got a nice ring to it don'tcha think?
Saucer of milk anyone above? Bono and U2 bashing is so passe, I prescribe a few listens to The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, learn a few things and stop yapping, you's are the same boys who harp on about knocking home grown. YAP UP!!
Nah, U2 are the most overrated band ever. I don't see why I should go crazy because they are Irish.
And Bono [i:d891007140]is[/i:d891007140] a c[b:d891007140]u[/b:d891007140]nt.
[quote:b98420a238="ginpromo"]Saucer of milk anyone above? Bono and U2 bashing is so passe, I prescribe a few listens to The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, learn a few things and stop yapping, you's are the same boys who harp on about knocking home grown. YAP UP!![/quote:b98420a238]
how the hell is it passe? im not going to start suddenly praise them because its cool to bash them. they are still crap for the masses.
and if anything pop was their best album.
This is never a straightforward one in my book.
I mean you can certainly criticise Bono for being insincere and using his "charity" work to bolster his ego and profile, but if it was a genuine wish of his to do this sort of thing, then if he decided not to because of what people may think then I'd be more critical again.
I'm inclined to think he's genuine but just completely out of touch. "Bono" is a character that he plays as part of the band just as an actor does, although the lines are certainly blurred. The profile of the Bono character doubtless has a lot of power to draw attention, and get in places that most people could never do.
I'm just very ambivalent about it.
The bit in the Good Friday Agreement concert where he gets Trimble and Hume to raise there arms together makes me want to punch a nun though. The Bob Marley version with Marcus Garvey is iconic, that attempt was an embarrasing sham.
he's hardly the fuckin anti-christ tho is he?
Chastise him all you will (I personally think he's a tosser) but how much time or effort have we all put into helping out Africa?
Calling for his assasination (however in jest) is nothing short of moronic.
Although not a massive fan of their music (I do like The Joshua Tree and have seen them live twice), I still think he deserves respect and praise for the amount of awareness and subsequent aid he has created for the third world. It appears that he is sincere in what he does, albiet a little annoyingly at times.
Yeah, because after Live 8 poverty was made history and it didn't completely overshadow the trade talks, putting less pressure on the world leaders to actually put together something substantial.
Right, I'm off to draw an equals sign on my hand...
It's not about U2 it's about him accepting such ridiculous title from a ridiculous dated monarchy!
sorry sir cunt now
[quote:51a10ca12f="kingmob"]Yeah, because after Live 8 poverty was made history and it didn't completely overshadow the trade talks, putting less pressure on the world leaders to actually put together something substantial.
Right, I'm off to draw an equals sign on my hand...[/quote:51a10ca12f]
i don't think it overshadowed the trade talks at all. the politicians involved in those talks were always going to sway in favour of themselves rather than the poor.
in fact i think live 8 was a great way of raising awareness. there were literally millions of people who wouldn't have given a f-ck about the poor or world trade if robbie williams, green day, mariah carey or pete doherty hadn't been making fools of themselves on stage.
In the run-up to the talks there were very strong indications that the governments would go far further than they had before when it came to trade. The concerts were a distraction away from the political talks, which is the only arena where real change can be achieved.
I don't think much was achieved when it came to public awareness. People bought a bunch of wristbands, went to a concert, had a good day out and that was it. Razorlight sold a lot more records and the VIP area was cracking, but that was largely it.
Seriously, what has been heard from the campaign since? Make Poverty History has been largely silent since 2005, which reinforces the idea that poverty vanished because of a Pink Floyd reunion and a rubbish Marc Bolan cover.
The Oxfam figures appear to suggest that since writing off of much of the debts of selected countries an estimated 20 million more African children have started receiving an education for the first time.
I haven't seen the figures myself, and I dare say the direct correlation is a bit of a stretch, but it has had some positive effect, insofar as anything can really help at all.
make poverty history was only ever designed to be a one year long focused campaign which brought all the main campaigns of the leading ngo's under one banner.
all the charities involved in the make poverty history campaign continue to plug away at the issues of trade, aid and debt but the truth is that the majority of people out there don't know or care without the likes of bob, bono or pink floyd on board.
[quote:94282d20aa="tinpot anto"]The Oxfam figures appear to suggest that since writing off of much of the debts of selected countries an estimated 20 million more African children have started receiving an education for the first time.
I haven't seen the figures myself, and I dare say the direct correlation is a bit of a stretch, but it has had some positive effect, insofar as anything can really help at all.[/quote:94282d20aa]
Heard those figures, that surely is a great thing. But theres bound to be some f[b:94282d20aa]u[/b:94282d20aa]ckwit on here who begs to differ.
[quote:90dd77e61e]Yeah, because after Live 8 poverty was made history and it didn't completely overshadow the trade talks, putting less pressure on the world leaders to actually put together something substantial. [/quote:90dd77e61e]
Surely if anything overshadowed the talks it was in fact the london bombings?
Come now, a few dozen Londoners getting cuts and grazes is WAAAAAAAAAAAAY more important than about 10,000 Africans dying of starvation, AIDS and facial scabies ever DAY. :roll:
I like the way Bono has had them educated though - at least they'll be able to write things like "Help! I am dying!" and understand more what diseases they've got...
I really don't see what's wrong with Bono doing charity work and trying to raise awareness about the poor. In fact, if it keeps him out of the studio for longer then I'm all for it.
It's an indictment of modern times than fúckheads like Bono are rewarded for shmoozing with Politicians to achieve a pseudo liberation of peoples rights or aid for foreign countires.
Music is being killed by false messiahs like Bono. The Fúcking asshole.
And anyone who thinks otherwise is part of the problem.
As stated above in various ways, Bono has substantially more influence than everyone whos ever littered Fastfude with posts slagging off Snow Patrol/U2/Coldplay etc combined, and the fact that he chooses to use his status to give less fortunate people a chance at attaining what we take for granted everyday can only be a good thing.
Who cares if he carries it out in an egotistical way or uses his philanthropic status to sell more records? Hes still doing more than you or I ever could to make people's lives better. A lack of thought has gone into producing the statement [quote:761fe44737]Music is being killed by false messiahs like Bono[/quote:761fe44737] Its just not.
As a music lover, I'm sure I'm not the only one here who would state that Bono has absolutely no influence over the music I enjoy or make.
[quote:33402b6f36="3cigarettes"]Music is being killed by false messiahs like Bono. The Fúcking asshole.
And anyone who thinks otherwise is part of the problem.[/quote:33402b6f36]
Nope, I suspect the only problem there is yours. Bono has no effect on my music library, good or bad, that I can measure.
No Rog, it's true - I heard Bono had Jeff Buckley whacked, and had Larry Mullan give Kurt Cobain a shotgun sandwich.
He's been seen following Duke Special round with a Barret Light 60 too.
[quote:bc38cfb7b3="ryanego"]As stated above in various ways, Bono has substantially more influence than everyone whos ever littered Fastfude with posts slagging off Snow Patrol/U2/Coldplay etc combined, and the fact that he chooses to use his status to give less fortunate people a chance at attaining what we take for granted everyday can only be a good thing.[/quote:bc38cfb7b3]
What a load of balls: the politicians who Bono schmoozes with were all voted for by THE PUBLIC.
Bono only has one vote (in fact, he isn't even a UK citizen, so he doesn't have any votes here).
The UK public have, what 45 million odd votes or more?
"Democracy - what is it??" etc etc