Bono has admitted that he was once chased down a German street by activists who yelled, “Make Bono history,” at him.
The U2 frontman told the Observer that his political work has made him very unpopular with people, so much so that he sometimes even receives abuse from people on the street.
Bono was in Germany at the G8 summit when he protestors began to pursue him. Bono remarked, “Even as I was running for my life, I thought [it] was a pretty good line.”
The Irishman also discussed the occasion when he was booed while giving a talk at a TED conference. The incident took place in Arusha, Tanzania, with Bono stating, “I had a great week not long ago, I was booed by all the young entrepreneurs in the audience who thought I was peddling this idea of a supplicant Africa, which I happen to think could not be further from the truth.”
He continued, “So, we are doing something right – we are annoying both the capitalists in Africa, and the anti-capitalists in Europe. The thing is, I am not an idealist, never have been, I am just quite pragmatic about finding solutions.”
Earlier this week Bono blamed the “cranky left” while defending the band’s tax arrangement.
Bono remarked, “U2 is in total harmony with our government’s philosophy. Tax competitiveness has taken our country out of poverty. [The revenue] accept that if you engage in that policy then some people are going to go out, and some people are coming in.”
He then added: “At the heart of the Irish economy has always been the philosophy of tax competitiveness. On the cranky left that is very annoying, I can see that. But [that] is why Ireland has stayed afloat.”
Bono and the rest of U2 are currently working on the group’s 13th studio album, but they don’t have a release date confirmed yet.
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