Have you ever known someone with an ego so big, someone who thought they were so cool, they felt comfortable wearing ridiculous sunglasses at all times; indoors or out: night or day? We probably all have, but then we turned 25 or so and those types of narcissists faded away into delusional megalomania. This isn’t the case when it comes to certain dinosaur rockstars.
If there’s one person on this earth — other than the pope — that you can clearly see feels like they deserve to be obligatorily worshipped, it’s Bono. If God exists, He killed Elvis for being a middle-aged egomaniac with a messianic complex that was just too much for one planet to handle. If the Devil exists, he’s the reason Bono isn’t dead yet.
For a critical review from a professional musician and producer: U2 is by far the most overrated, talentless, vanglorious, whiny, repetitive, emotionless, fake, pretentious, pure garbage band that ever existed. Music would be better off had they never released a song, ever. They personally ruined Rock n’ Roll.
With all this being said, let’s get into showing Bono for who we all suspected he really was before we got this confirmation. Before getting into it though, I’ll briefly remind you this knighted Pop singer won a Nobel Peace Prize for his “work” in charity.
According to multiple news sources recently, Bono’s personal charity — which is called the ONE Foundation — has been taking over 98% of the donations it’s raised. This means, as media has reported, that just over 1% of the money collected for Bono’s charity actually went to who he claimed he would give it to. These figures are leaked from the year of 2008.
Out of £9.6 million worth of emotionally swindled donations from hard working fans and non fans around the globe, Bono paid the staff of his foundation £5.1 million — which works out to £42,500 a year each on average with 120 reported members — and only gave a pitiful £118 thousand to his causes — 1.23% of the total collected.
Care to take a guess where the rest went? It went straight into Bono’s enormous personal bank account — £4,382,000 in total. This unpunished scam, in case you didn’t catch on yet, is a complete fraud and robbery on a worldwide scale no matter what way it’s looked at. This coming from the foundation whose website states:
“The One Foundation is committed to working in those countries that are most acutely in need and where we believe we can make the greatest impact…wherever possible. Currently, this includes: Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia.”
Just so we’re clear what has happened: Bono has just used the painful-to-comprehend poverty of 9 of the saddest places in the world to rob his own fans and those who saw the ONE foundation as a way to help those countries. How he gets away with it is beyond comprehension.
Charity scams are a well known phenomenon and this has to be one of the most high profile examples reported. It’s an act sick enough to make the late Jerry Falwell flinch, literally.
Instead of running into trouble with the law, more recently Bono ran into hot water with music fans around the world who suddenly had a brand new U2 album called “Songs of Innocence” — laughable — downloaded onto their music devices, without giving their permission.
U2 made a deal with iTunes to automatically upload their music to people’s phones, computers, and tablets, clearly thinking they were doing music listeners a great favor they would praise them for. Not quite. I’ll leave you with this quote from the New York Post:
“Oops,” Bono said in the new video as the other members of U2 giggled. “I’m sorry about that. I had this beautiful idea. Kind of got carried away with ourselves. Artists are prone to that kind of thing. Drop of megalomania, touch of generosity, dash of self-promotion and a deep fear that these songs that we poured our life into over the last few years might not be heard. There’s a lot of noise out there. Guess we got a little noisy ourselves.”
Bonus quote from Bono:
“Before I tell you what I learned from Bill, I’ll tell you what I taught him. I’m not Sonny Bono( (laughs)…that’s not true. It’s an interesting story about not judging your friends. I said to Paul Allen, ‘Would you help me get to Bill Gates? Because we really need to professionalize our operation, and we need funding, and I know that he’s interested in the same things that we are, and Melinda, too.'” —Speaking on launching his charity worldwide with Forbes magazine and Bill Gates, 2013.
By Olan Thomas for Cut2TheTruth.com and The Anti Gates-Bono Association for a free Africa.
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