Celebrity very rarely translates to wisdom. Stardom is not often equivalent to honorable. But sometimes, on rare occasions, there’s a convergence of those descriptions. Bono, the front man of the legendary band U-2, may just be the best representation of that reality.
Remember it was Bono who, after Trump’s victory in November, decided to delay release of U2’s second album of their Innocence and Experience Tour. But not as a temper tantrum or protest against American voters who chose a man for president that the singer didn’t personally support. But as a sign of humility:
I opposed Trump while all the time understanding that many of the people who support him are the kind of people I grew up with, and can see myself in to this day. In my head at least the election result demanded I ask myself several questions: Am I missing something here? Am I out of touch with American values? Am I out of touch with the American people?
It’s clear a giant constituency in the country felt ignored or patronized … they are fearful of the future, as are a growing number of Europeans. I understand and respect that, and I want to try and understand those fears.
Rather than preaching at or lecturing Americans through his “art,” Bono decided to listen and think – something we all could afford to do more often.