Friday, December 23, 2005

More Bono Controversy!

Thanks to Scott for letting me know about this discussion going on at

How to Dismantle an Idolized Bono

Discussion of the article in Podcast form (scroll down to the podcast section of the front page.)


Kim Traynor said...

The incident that Tara is writing about is smack-dad in the middle of a three song anti-war set and it goes like this.

"Jesus, Jew/ Muhammed, it's true/ Jesus, Jew/ Muhammed, it's true/ All sons of Abraham

Father Abraham, Father Abraham/ Where are you now, Father Abraham?/
Father Abraham, look what you've done/ You've pitted son against son.

No more, no more, no more."

I believe that Tara had wax in her ears that night, but the fact that simply misunderstanding a few lyics could create a situation that was, for her, "without question, the most disturbing experience of my life" shows that she needed an idol dismantled and if there are others out there who have unrealistic expectations of any celebrities, Christian or otherwise, I hope that they will have similar experiences.

(I put my opinion on this matter in the comments section because I wanted to give y'all a chance to read the article and listen to the podcast. If you cheated and skipped to the comments first GO BACK. They are both interesting and the podcast is a really rich conversation that you will be glad you listened to.)

Friar Tuck said...

What is your take on the whole coexist thing.

Does it bother you?

Where do you think Jesus would land on it.

Kim Traynor said...

Hey Clint, Merry Chrsitmas!

Did you ever make it to one of the shows?

I saw them in Chicago and the coexist graphic is used in a very specific context. If it had been used in "Yahweh," "40," "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Will Follow" or one of their other religous songs the meaning would have been different. But it was used in "Love and Peace or Else," "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" and "Bullet the Blue Sky." It was clearly a political statement.

I may not a pacifist, but I see how many Christians could interpret Jesus' teachings that way. The view that we should not just turn the other cheek to our personal enemies, but also to our national enemies, is a view that I respect. A call for peaceful coexistence is an honorable thing, in my opinion.