Music PR: U2’s Bono and Self Aggrandizement

U2 Bono Music PR

Bono’s reality may be skewed according to an article he wrote for the New York Times. U2’s lead singer’s article compared the illegal downloading of music to the perils of online child pornography in what amounted to a rant over file sharing and his evidently inestimable worth. Comparing illegal downloads to child porn being the moral equivalent of comparing killing a germ as opposed to slaughtering the immortal soul. Bono could use a good PR company, the one he has does not have good leashes evidently.

Most reporters are relatively scathing in their reporting of Bono’s “bone headed” assertions, but maybe not scathing enough. According to Bono’s warped sense of justice, if federal agents can track down child pornographers they should be able to increase his and his band’s revenue stream by snuffing out illegal downloads. At least that is the way his brash statements appear.

For someone so blessed with tangible wealth Bono appears to be the personification of what is wrong with celebrity these days here. In the South there is an old saying; “too big for his britches,” which certainly applies here. A well deserved PR Goofy goes out to Bobo, but we should create a special bone head award just for this instance if for nothing more than insensitivity.

Maybe Bono would as soon his music was never downloaded legally or illegally? The end of that tale would be just deserts. In any event, don’t look for any sincerity of artistic passion from an artist who would suggest such a trespass. What a prince of a guy.


  1. u2 fan says

    Bono is losing it too much money not enough hard work with the rest of us. In Canada file sharing is legal, unfortunately all industries change it is a sign of the time , perhaps if they want to sell cd;s and their music make it so people want to pay for it …obviously people are buying the cd’s and songs and then sharing them with friends…lol…get a life Bono child pornography your a sick mofo all those poor children and your worried about file sharing of music, you should be slapped for trying to use child porn as measure to win your argument

  2. Matti Ressler says

    Its quite clear what Bonehead’s message is and he has never been more wrong.

    He would do far better to educate his fan base. We do would far better to educate our children.

  3. Learn-to-read says

    Did you even read what Bono wrote? Or did you just read the second hand twisted reports of what he wrote? Bono is such an easy target. I’m glad he speaks his mind and isn’t on anybody’s leash.

    Bono illustrates that content tracking is possible with 2 examples.

    Here’s the original prase:
    “We’re the post office, they tell us; who knows what’s in the brown-paper packages? But we know from America’s noble effort to stop child pornography, not to mention China’s ignoble effort to suppress online dissent, that it’s perfectly possible to track content.”

    • Phil Butler says

      And therefore the comparative. As you suggest, not as damning as some might suggest, but never the less ill advised. Thanks for the heads up though.



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