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Old 12-27-2008, 03:26 PM   #1
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U2 frontman Bono slated for 'war criminal' support by bandmate Larry Mullen Jr

U2 singer Bono has been blasted for cosying up to "war criminal" politicians - by one of his bandmates.

The campaigning star was often seen with Tony Blair and George W Bush while urging action on helping the Third World.

But drummer and friend Larry Mullen Jnr said: "Tony Blair is a war criminal and I think he should be tried as a war criminal.

"Then I see Bono and him as pals and I'm going, 'I don't like that.'

"Do I think George Bush is a war criminal? Probably - but the difference between him and Tony Blair is that Blair is intelligent. So he has no excuse for what he did."

Mullen told Q magazine that Bono is "prepared to use his weight as a celebrity, at great cost to himself and his family, to help other people".

He added: "But as an outsider looking in, I cringe."

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/enterta...86908-20997784
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Old 12-27-2008, 03:31 PM   #2
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This is from the Q Magazine stuff. Priceless. I knew I liked LMJ for a reason!

"He said Bono "would know how I feel about Tony Blair". Mullen said he understood why the singer had cosied up to President Bush. "George Bush has been very generous to his cause … the difference between him and Tony Blair is that Blair is intelligent. So he has no excuse for what he did. Whereas I think George Bush could find a few excuses for his behaviour."
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I don't really think this needs its own thread, but either way, I really don't see the big deal. It doesn't say Larry even thinks Bono supports Blair, and he knows that Bono is against the war. It's clear that Larry understands why he has to meet with Blair, and that he doesn't hold it against him (even respects him for taking the flak for doing it, in order to work for the poor). Even if it is just a gossip article, it's not that outrageous.

I don't see much new here. We all know Larry is very much against the war, and how he feels about Blair and Bush, etc. But come on, Larry knows what Bono is doing.
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Wow! I actually like Larry now! I never thought I'd say this because I've always disliked his stance on Passengers and the more experimental side of U2.
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Newspapers probably stirring some
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I don't really think this needs its own thread, but either way, I really don't see the big deal. It doesn't say Larry even thinks Bono supports Blair, and he knows that Bono is against the war. It's clear that Larry understands why he has to meet with Blair, and that he doesn't hold it against him (even respects him for taking the flak for doing it, in order to work for the poor). Even if it is just a gossip article, it's not that outrageous.

I don't see much new here. We all know Larry is very much against the war, and how he feels about Blair and Bush, etc. But come on, Larry knows what Bono is doing.




Bono is just doing what he has to. Most people wouldnt put their reputations on the line. Larry.....we probably wouldnt get along...
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These comments from Mr Mullen I agree with, and very much welcome.
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Wow! I actually like Larry now! I never thought I'd say this because I've always disliked his stance on Passengers and the more experimental side of U2.
He has always been sound on the political issues.
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Bono is just doing what he has to. Most people wouldnt put their reputations on the line. Larry.....we probably wouldnt get along...

Yeah...I don't agree with Larry at all. If that is what he thinks.
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Larry is right though, sorry if he doesnt always agree with your darling Bono.
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Larry is right though, sorry if he doesnt always agree with your darling Bono.

If you are talking to me, he is completely NOT 'my darling Bono'.

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When I read Larry's comments I new instantly that the media would run with it.

I see both sides, Larry's and Bono's. I don't like to see fans playing out one against the other, but I guess that is what will happen again. I guess the U2 members have a mature way of dealing with these tensions. Larry wasn't bashing Bono, but I'm sure the media will exploit it and shed a negative light on things, because they just love to do that.
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When I read Larry's comments I new instantly that the media would run with it.

I see both sides, Larry's and Bono's. I don't like to see fans playing out one against the other, but I guess that is what will happen again. I guess the U2 members have a mature way of dealing with these tensions. Larry wasn't bashing Bono, but I'm sure the media will exploit it and shed a negative light on things, because they just love to do that.
Totally agree with you. I agree, and support Bono in what he does, but at the same time i hate the fact that he sometimes has to kiss ass to these ***holes in order to get what he wants. I can see how that wouldn't sit well with someone like Larry, because Larry is.... well, a very straight up guy. But the media.... yeah, of course they would be all over this. They always wait for something - anything - to stir up a bit of controversy
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As the saying goes.........any publicity is good publicity.........
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First of all, I don't know what this thread is doing in PLEBA, it should be in EYKIW in my opinion.
About the content, I think I understand what Larry says and I can understand why Bono is doing some things I don't really like, I can see both sides, I know Bono is doing a lot of good for some people and I also think that sometimes the objective doesn't justify the means, but I really hate reading this in the media.
Larry has all the right to say whatever he wants, but I think he could have made his point on the war and the politicians involved without mentioning Bono, he should have kept that in private, because he is also intelligent and knows it would affect his colleague and what the media and the audience reactions will be. Most of us know what his position is, it was unnecessary to state it in such an unfriendly way.
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Larry is right though, sorry if he doesnt always agree with your darling Bono.



Play nice. This isn't EYKIW.

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When I read Larry's comments I new instantly that the media would run with it.

I see both sides, Larry's and Bono's. I don't like to see fans playing out one against the other, but I guess that is what will happen again.
I agree about seeing both sides. It's just nice to "hear" Larry speak his mind. (or to speak at all, really)

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First of all, I don't know what this thread is doing in PLEBA, it should be in EYKIW in my opinion.
I think there are some PLEBAns that don't really go over to EYKIW since the vibe there tends to be a little more 'confrontational' than over here.
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The quote is from Q, a very reputable music magazine.



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Bono is just doing what he has to. Most people wouldnt put their reputations on the line. Larry.....we probably wouldnt get along...
Larry just put HIS reputation on the line for having the balls to say "Well actually, no, I dont like what Bono does". And well done to him.
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Well, this isn't exactly knew, we've heard and read about that before, Bono has confessed several times that the other band members have given him a regular kicking for his extracurricular activities, and Larry has said so in several interviews.

Again, I see both sides, this is not about Larry vs. Bono. Everyone should be free to speak their mind and I'm sure all the band is ok with that.

But I think Bono has a little more reputation to lose than Larry, to be honest.
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Larry just put HIS reputation on the line for having the balls to say "Well actually, no, I dont like what Bono does". And well done to him.
Agreed. I saw in an interview Edge showing a great deal of irritation when discussing Bono's dealings with Bush.

Larry is not about sugarcoating or speaking "to the media." In fact, Larry said that the reason he doesn't do many interviews is that he was tired of people twisting his words in interviews.


Bono knows exactly what he is doing and knows how to work people to his cause's advantage. Was it Edge who said that Bono would have dinner with Satan if it got him what he was looking for?
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Larry's statement is very harsh and I don't agree with it, but I do admire his straightforward way of saying what he thinks.
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