Bono: It's barking mad

2011-02-16 19:19
Cape Town - Irish rocker Bono on Wednesday said it was "barking mad" for people to think he supported an anti-apartheid struggle song that calls for white farmers to be shot.

The frontman for the touring band sparked a furore after a Sunday newspaper reported him saying that struggle music, like the controversial local song which urges "shoot the farmer", had a place.

"It's kind of a bit mad to be honest with you. We're famous for songs of non-violence. That anyone should think we were pro-this, it's barking, barking mad and I think it's been stirred up," the U2 frontman told Talk Radio 702.

Bono said he was a bit puzzled by the furore over the report in the Sunday Times as he felt he had not been equivocal in his comments, having said it was "pretty dumb" to sing such songs in the wrong context.

Stirring up hate

The singer said he had been making a point that there were Irish songs on both sides of the country's political troubles that were offensive to the other community.

"You can't pretend they don't exist, that they become folk music, but it is widely irresponsible and worse than that to use these songs to stir up more hate," he said.

The song is hugely controversial in South Africa, where the ANC Youth League Julius Malema is locked in a legal battle with lobby group, AfriForum, over whether the song should be banned as hate speech.

The lyrics "Awudubele (i)bhulu" – meaning "shoot the boer" in Zulu - refer to the Afrikaans word "boer" which means farmer in the language derived from Dutch colonisers.

Bono told the newspaper he recalled singing rebel songs sung by his uncles about the early days of the Irish Republican Army, and sang lyrics speaking of carrying guns and readying them for action.

Rules for struggle songs

"We sang this and it's fair to say it's folk music... as this was the struggle of some people that sang it over some time," he said.

But the rocker went on to say such songs shouldn't be sung in the wrong context.

"Would you want to sing that in a certain community? It's pretty dumb."

"It's about where and when you sing those songs. There's a rule for that kind of music."

Bono, who has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his activism on behalf of developing countries, campaigned in the fight to end apartheid.

Comments

  • Njayam - 2011-02-16 19:37

    Steve may be looking for an audience with U2. He is probably hoping a fraction of their magic rubs onto him. NOT!!! Steve needs to parody "By The Rivers Of Babylon..." to "By The Rivers Of The Jukskei..."

      Alexander - 2011-02-16 21:10

      hahahaha

      Eugene - 2011-02-17 14:54

      Steve Hofmeyr isn't without fault, but here his instincts were right. "taken out of context". Bono actually knew the context of the questions (Malema, shoot the boer). Bono also has a history of supporting the violence of the ANC. As part of "Artists united against Apartheid" they channeled money to the ANC in 1985, two years after the Church Street bomb which killed and hurt many innocent civilians. So Buddy Naidu got the context right. Bono is a hypocrite. Now backpaddling that they won't support violence or genocide is simply lying.

      LBS - 2011-02-17 15:41

      "When and where to sing it"? This will only encourage Malema to keep on singing it at his meetings. What is that other than stirring up the youth!

  • Andy49 - 2011-02-16 19:41

    Then why don't you just say what you mean & mean what you say, then you won't be taken out of context or misunderstood. In future stick to singing your Irish ditties & leave the so called struggle songs for those caught in a time warp.

      grantabbott - 2011-02-16 21:41

      He did say what he means! As usual the SA media, and thus the public, once again took it out of context themselves!

      Andy49 - 2011-02-16 23:49

      @grantabbott - this is what Bonehead is quoted as having said - During a conversation with journalists last week, he referred to Irish rebel songs which he used to sing as a child and said that there is space for such songs, but that it’s "pretty dumb" to sing it within a certain community. "It’s about where and when you sing those kind of songs." In this post he is now says - irish rocker Bono on Wednesday said it was "barking mad" for people to think he supported an anti-apartheid struggle song that calls for white farmers to be shot. In my humble opinion, based on these 2 diverse comments he doesn't appear to know what he is saying.

      Melanie - 2011-02-17 09:35

      I wish people would learn how to read. So many things are misunderstood because people don't read everything that it said. People need to read the one sentence that seems insignificant but actually changes the meaning greatly and that is "It's about where and when you sing those songs. There's a rule for that kind of music."

      Melanie - 2011-02-17 09:50

      @Andy49. I wish people would read correctly. Bono's opinion has not changed from the first article to the second. What I have comprhended is that his opinion of struggle songs in general is that they belong in history and should not be forgotten, BUT one should be careful where one sings these song after the struggle has happened as this can cause more hatred. I didn't misunderstand him. To me his opinion is the same. People just can't be bothered to read the entire article and comprehend it's meaning. So much for education if comprehension is not taught correctly.

      tonno - 2011-02-17 12:24

      @Andy49 - you are such a jealous ponce. By your "mean what you say" comment, can you tell us all when exactly did Bono specifically say he supports the "Kill the Boer song"? Nope?? Because he didn't, numbnuts. You, and many others, are just looking for things that aren't there. Did you also throw your ticket in the river with that other prat and now realise what a moron you are? It is common knowledge that Bono and his crew have always been fighters of freedom, peace and democracy, and yes, it is barking mad to think otherwise. Any half educated person would have realised that the press made something out of nothing.

      tonno - 2011-02-17 12:30

      @Andy49 - you are such a jealous ponce. By your "mean what you say" comment, can you tell us all when exactly did Bono specifically say he supports the "Kill the Boer song"? Nope?? Because he didn't, numbnuts. You, and many others, are just looking for things that aren't there. Did you also throw your ticket in the river with that other prat and now realise what a moron you are? It is common knowledge that Bono and his crew have always been fighters of freedom, peace and democracy, and yes, it is barking mad to think otherwise. Any half educated person would have realised that the press made something out of nothing.

  • gavin.crighton - 2011-02-16 19:50

    Steve Hofmeyer is an idiot, thank goodness he threw his tickets into the jukskei. soccer city was a better place without him. The media are to blame here, they will twist your words just to sell a paper. Great concert on sunday Bono, you guys were class! Hofmeyer just jealous that the only time he gets to sing in a stadium is when people are actualy in it to watch rugby and not him !!

      john - 2011-02-16 21:09

      How have the media stirred anything up? Bono said exactly the same thing again - that the song shouldn't be sung "in the wrong context". Implying that it's OK to sing it "in the right context". But what is the RIGHT context for "Shoot the boer"? The problem is not that the media have stirred anything up. The problem is that Bono doesn't fully understand the situation vis a vis farm killings. He implies that it's OK to sing Shoot the Boer when there aren't whites around because then it won't cause offense. He's not making the connection that whites don't reject the song because it offends but rather because (they claim) it causes farm killings. If he understood that, he'd have realised where the anger came from.

      Chillepeppa - 2011-02-16 21:42

      No John, he was talking specifically about the Irish songs he and his friend used to sing, not the JM hit.

      john - 2011-02-16 21:49

      He was asked about Shoot the Boer. He cited the Irish songs as evidence that such songs arise during troubled times, and concluded that they become folk songs. He then went on to say that such songs (all such songs, not just the Irish ones) should only be sung under certain conditions. His exact words were "There's a rule for that kind of music." That kind of music = struggle songs, both Irish and Shoot the Boer.

      john - 2011-02-16 22:15

      He was not talking about the Irish songs. He was asked about Shoot The Boer. To explain his position on Shoot The Boer, he started by saying that Ireland has similar songs that arose during the troubles, and that he's well aware that such songs (the Irish ones AND Shoot The Boer) can cause offence. However, he also said that such songs become folk songs because they represent a particular struggle. So, to allow the songs their place in folk history, but without making them cause undue offence, his "rule" is that they should be "sung in the right context", i.e. when the people they are likely to offend aren't within earshot. He was OBVIOUSLY implying that the same applies to Shoot The Boer - that as long as it's sung among ANC cadres when whites aren't around to get offended by it, then it's OK to continue singing the song and having as part of African folk music. Steve Hofmeyr has it totally wrong. Bono was not supporting the message of the song, only saying that it has a place in history and that, as long as it's sung in situations where whites will not be around to be offended by it, it's OK to continue singing the song. However - and this is what Bono doesn't seem to get - white South Africans do not object to the song because we find it offensive. We object to it because we claim that it exhorts blacks to kill farmers. In that sense, there is no "right context" to sing the song. Even if whites aren't around to hear it, the song still has the potential for harm.

      baasdingane - 2011-02-16 23:09

      bono is a twat, a performng artist - he should stick to what he knows and forget about african politics and buggeroff back to dublin. if the focuses more on the music (ie his job) U2 may even start producing some good work for a change. Just for the record the show was below average and U2`s last few albums have been crap.

      wmutahi - 2011-02-17 09:24

      Yea he is an Idiot, am surprised the environmentalists did not raise hell, after he trashed the river!!!!

      rade8408 - 2011-02-17 11:44

      @ John. You are wrong. He was asked about "struggle songs", no song in particular was mentioned. Dont be ignorant.

  • Janine - 2011-02-16 19:58

    I suspect that he did say what he meant and the media saw an opportunity to stir things up a bit. Steve just couldn't resist trying to get some free publicity.

  • Realist - 2011-02-16 20:03

    Bozo is a liberal douche! He should condemn ANY song with the subject of killing another race group, i bet if it a song about killing 'K'4's', he would have condemned it outright & not clssified it as "pretty dumb to sing such songs in the wrong context"!

  • 106106sa - 2011-02-16 20:05

    Bono...sing..... and leave African politics to the murderous dictators!!!!!!

  • Realist - 2011-02-16 20:05

    Bozo is a liberal douche! He should condemn ANY song with the subject of killing another race group, i bet if it a song about killing 'K'4's', he would have condemned it outright & not clssified it as "pretty dumb to sing such songs in the wrong context"!

  • Marc - 2011-02-16 20:13

    What a load of "shite"! There can be no justification for the singing of that song ("Kill the boer")under any circumstances, in any community, nowhere! Even if it is only sung in the enclaves of the people who supported the stuggle and even if no white person could hear it being sung, it is still a call to kill white farmers and, therefore, still a call to genocide. The vast majority of people singing that song cannot distinguish between the song being a so-called folksong (as Bono would have it) or a call to genocide of the white farmers in SA. Anyone who attempts in any way to justify the singing of that song is seriously mentally defecient!

      ShaunSwindon@24.com - 2011-02-16 20:26

      I agree.

      Godesha - 2011-02-17 06:13

      Amen Brother, could not agree more.

      rade8408 - 2011-02-17 11:57

      "The vast majority of people singing that song cannot distinguish between the song being a so-called folksong (as Bono would have it) or a call to genocide of the white farmers in SA." Wow I hate it when people make stupid sweeping statements like this. If it was even remotely true there would be no white farmers left. Who are you to say what people can and cannot distuinguish?! Who says farm killings are because of a song? Rrather than upbringing of the individual commiting the act of murder as well as the belief that the land belongs to them not to whites. Hell the murders might even be about pay disputes, or bad working conditions, or abuse. If you dont know the facts, and cant back up what you say. Dont say it. The fact is each farm murder has different external factors to consider. The isolation of farms allows for less chance of being caught, longer response times by the cops, less likely to get help from a neighbour etc. Bear in mind I am not condoning farm murders, I find them abhorrent, like all murder.

  • Gemini101 - 2011-02-16 20:15

    Its barking mad to think that people who are not educated will take his comments in the right context. Its barking mad that anyone in a public position doesnt strongly condemn those kind of songs in any culture. Too little too late Bono.

  • Brendon - 2011-02-16 20:18

    I wonder if Bono read all the comments posted here on News24. Hi there Bono!

  • Jou - 2011-02-16 20:19

    SUCK MY BUM BONO!! YOU CAN'T DENY OR EXCUSE YOUSELF NOW! UP YOUR and SCREW U2

  • molefeP - 2011-02-16 20:22

    Still the most egotistical, most over rated pathetic twit of a hasbeen. Bono that is. The last decent music U2 made was their Joshua tree album. they have been riding on the coat tails of that ever since.

      Graham - 2011-02-17 09:11

      Well said!!!

  • Anarchist - 2011-02-16 20:27

    wOULD NOT BE THE FIRST TIME sa SOLD ITS SOUL TO ACHIEVE IS SELF PLEASURES

  • daviddm101 - 2011-02-16 20:35

    Steve Mofmeyer is a disgrace to SA... what a village idiot! Steve you sing kak and you're white trash. Stick to what you do best... making dumb girls pregnant while you're in a relationship with someone else.

      Iceman - 2011-02-16 20:56

      you are k@k dude

      daviddm101 - 2011-02-17 07:50

      Iceman, please don't have a meltdown.

      Zee - 2011-02-17 11:50

      Agreed David - his words are being taken out of context! Besides, the man has done more for charity, in Africa and around the world than 99% of people on this planet. What has Steve Hofmeyr done? Steve is a first class idiot and this is not the first time he has embarrassed this country!

  • genevieve - 2011-02-16 20:39

    I agree with Andy 49. Bono-head, you want to become a politician, do so, don't hide behind useless2, and your pathetic music. This is Africa, where things are taken literally. Remember Winnie "with our tyres & boxes of matches we will liberate this country?". Remember Peter Mokaba, and now Julius? See what happened in Tunisia, Egypt and now starting in Lybia. Revolution is just round the corner, we don't need bleedin' hearts to forment it, then to fly away in their private jets to safer climes. As for the Nobel Peace Prize, ag shame, that piece of ertsaz metal has been long discredited.

  • stefan.grundlingh - 2011-02-16 20:41

    Its pretty dumb to imagine or condone ANY context in which to sing a song that inspires hate. Bono seems to suggest that its okay for people to sing the song in some communities. What's the point of him even expressing his thoughts on this?

  • Monica - 2011-02-16 20:46

    No song should carry the words "shoot the boer" or anyone else. We live in a country of crime and therefor that is unneccessary to sing any song like that. There is so much struggle and love in the world. It is sad that overseas bands are itimidated to sing a song like that. We have more important things to attend to: the corruption in the governement. Sing about that! Blowing in the wind was banned when I work for SAA; why?

  • Stompies - 2011-02-16 20:49

    Sorry Bono, but it is pretty dumb to sing such songs in ANY context/community or whatever. The times are a changing and intelligent people should act with their brains and not with their emotions or out of sentiment. It is called emotional intelligence there is more to loose than to gain

  • LucyInTheSky - 2011-02-16 20:50

    For many years John Lennon sang and spoke politically...."Power To The People" - Vancouver "Bed-In for peace". Nobody shot him down except the FBI. Imagine.

      Andy49 - 2011-02-16 22:53

      And then, bang! bang! he got shot dead.

      DeonL - 2011-02-17 11:21

      It was not so many years that he sang it as he died not so long after it was released, more than 30 years ago. He was shot by an unstable person.

  • Me2 - 2011-02-16 20:52

    Typical Irish mentality............no idea how stupid they really are !!!

      seriass - 2011-02-17 07:20

      the only dun F here is you

  • hannes.visagie - 2011-02-16 21:02

    Bono's comments was twisted by the media on a slow news day. The fact of the matter (as he stated it) was that you CANNOT stop that kind of song from existing, but people should keep it out of public. Is that not the best you can do ??? If you cannot stop if from existing then... Whatever your views are, he is a better human being than most people will ever be. What he has done for this planet and for millions of people on it makes most other efforts pale in comparison The man was nominated for a Nobel peace prize dammit, come back and type a comment about the a-hole that he is once the committee phones you

      Zee - 2011-02-17 11:50

      Finally someone with sense! Well said Hannes!

  • Dave - 2011-02-16 21:05

    Well, maybe Bono will learn to keep his mouth shut then before he dribbles? Maybe he should learn the dynamics of a country?

  • Alexander - 2011-02-16 21:09

    GO #@$% yourself, you Booooooooo-na-nooooooooooo!!!!!!!! I shoot you somma

  • alv1990 - 2011-02-16 21:20

    Time you went back to Ireland U2 !! Take your comments elsewhere and don't EVER under estimate the TRUE SOUTH AFRICAN !! By the way BONO....TELL US WHAT CONTEXT THE IRISH WOULD SING A "KILL THE CATHOLICS" or " KILL THE PROTESTANTS" SONG IN ??? We're waiting.......altogether now.......you stupid PR*** !!!

  • bluejay - 2011-02-16 21:40

    more than 98 000 people at fnb!!!!!bono rocks!!once again it's becoming clear that afrikaners have no influence on south african society anymore.first they tried it with absa and by the look of things that bank is still going strong!!!secondly they tried it with u2 and 98 000 rocks uat fnb and in the process sets a new attendance record for a rock concert.bono has done more for africa and the afrikaner's hero steve hofmeyr only spilled his seed all over african soil.keep it up bono and steve i think it's time for steve to go look after his multitude of children.

      Irie Fairie - 2011-02-17 10:18

      Agreed!

  • Marius - 2011-02-16 21:45

    All idiots and wannabe politicians always use the "quoted out of context" excuse. A piss-poor excuse. The fact is that he opened his trap about something he doesn't understand one single bit. Shut up and get the hell out of here (_o_)

      DeonL - 2011-02-17 11:24

      I disgree, Zuma the other day said in a joke in his speech: "It is apartheids fault", if you take that out of context more people would have fallen far that stupid remark.

  • Chillepeppa - 2011-02-16 21:47

    ""It's kind of a bit mad to be honest with you. We're famous for songs of non-violence. That anyone should think we were pro-this, it's barking, barking mad and I think it's been stirred up," the U2 frontman told Talk Radio 702." - As I see it, here he is specifically talking about the JM hit. And then here: "Bono told the newspaper he recalled singing rebel songs sung by his uncles about the early days of the Irish Republican Army, and sang lyrics speaking of carrying guns and readying them for action. Rules for struggle songs "We sang this and it's fair to say it's folk music... as this was the struggle of some people that sang it over some time," he said. But the rocker went on to say such songs shouldn't be sung in the wrong context." - he is talking about the Irish folk song, not the JM hit. I see nothing wrong with what he said. Makes sense to me. And Steve seemed out of line to me. Specially when he attempted to drag Neil Diamond into this as well.

      john - 2011-02-16 22:39

      Bono is a very well-traveled celebrity who gets interviewed a lot. He knows how to conduct an interview. If you ask him about global warming, he's not going to start holding forth about the Stock Market crash of 1929. Why on Earth would he start holding forth about the "rules" for Irish folks songs UNLESS the same rules applied to the topic of the question he was asked - Shoot The Boer. He OBVIOUSLY meant that the same rules apply to Shoot The Boer as to the Irish folk songs. If he'd meant that Irish songs can still be sung "in the right context" but that Shoot The Boer shouldn't be sung at all, that's what he'd have said. When he said "such songs", he was including both the Irish songs and Shoot The Boer.

      Chillepeppa - 2011-02-17 08:28

      Then I guess I just read it differently. My interpretation is not what you see, I am willing to agree to disagree. As far as the 'such songs', the article make it seem like 2 separate conversations to me, thus when he talks about one, he isn't including the other. Again, just my interpretation of the articles. The original article also comes across as though he was asked about struggle songs, not so much that specific song, and then a few stertjies' made it into the next story and suddenly he sang it on top of his mothers grave wearing a tutu. South Africans are very reactionary, and our journos are the worst... Please note that this disclaimer is to claim this and everything I write as my opinion and does not represent any other portion the general public.

      john - 2011-02-17 11:48

      Again, if he felt that different rules applied to Irish songs and to SA songs, why wouldn't he have explained what the difference was? Why make one blanket statement that is open to misinterpretation? Any celeb who is asked about a conflict will usually elect to make a nice safe statement that panders to both sides. Thus, if asked about the Israel/Palestine conflict, they'll trot out something like "Israel needs to look hard at its policies, but the Palestinians must also push for change peacefully, not with bombs." That way, you appear "neutral" and "balanced" and neither side can claim that you're anti them. That's exactly what Bono did. He said Shoot The Boer is a protest song that has its place in folk music (pandering to blacks) but that it would be "dumb" to sing it "in the wrong context" (pandering to whites). It was just your typical safe fence-sitting celeb position. And that's exactly how the media reported it. Nothing reactionary about it at all. I fail to see how Bono has been misrepresented by the media in this. The follow-up explanations say exactly the same thing as the initial reports did. All he added was that U2 have always supported non-violence. But nowhere in the original reports did it state or even hint otherwise. If Steve interprets it as "Bono supports the shooting of Boers", then he needs to learn how to read. He, of all people, should understand how interviews work, and how celebs will invariably choose a fence-sitting position.

  • Ann - 2011-02-16 22:27

    Even amongst the self proclaimed learned elite lays an ego of ignorance. It's a pure egotisical paradox. To make it clear, even "Bono" can be a bonehead. He should know better. If you are an ambassador of peace and global recognition, then take the time and learn about the sensitivities of the country you are visiting. Especially when ithas been two decades and a few things has happened since. Kinda like, you don't let your sports captains give an interview without some pre-match coaching. But supertar singers with Martyr syndrome would never entertain the thought of exercising such diplomacy when visiting another country.

  • birdi_6001 - 2011-02-16 22:33

    I just think it is so funny that someone as small and really untalented as Steve would take on U2/Bono who really can squash him like a flee. Steve really made himself look even more ridiculous than he already does! "I'm so mad .. I'm... I'm... I'm just going to throw all the tickets I bought to watch you in concert into the river!! That will show you!! "

      Andy49 - 2011-02-16 22:59

      1) This isn't a pissing contest, it is more about what is acceptable to be sung in the current racially polarised situation in RSA at present. Focus should be on Boneheads comments not what your personal views of Steve are, that boat has sailed already, keep it current.

      john - 2011-02-16 23:36

      Bono's comment was a classic case of misunderstanding imo, there was no malice in it. The way I read Bono's view is this: Certain songs were sung during the Irish troubles, which still have the potential to offend. But, if those songs are sung in the "wrong" place (IRA people singing in an anti-IRA neighbourhood), the worst that will happen is that someone will take offense and a fist-fight will break out. Hence Bono's comment that it would be "dumb" to sing the song unless it's "in the right context" (i.e. when those who will be offended are out of earshot). So, as long as the song is sung "among friends", there is no harm in it. Bono assumes that Shoot the Boer is the same. If blacks sing it when whites are around, it will cause offense and a fist-fight will break out. So Bono draws the same conclusion: that as long as blacks sing it when whites aren't around to hear it, there will be no offense, no fist-fight, thus no problem. What he's missing is that whites don't object to the song because it causes offense and might start a fist-fight. They object to it because, to them, it exhorts blacks to commit murder. So blacks singing the song among themselves doesn't eliminate the problem. The potential for harm is still there. If blacks are feeling urged to murder farmers by hearing the song, then the harm lies in BLACKS hearing the song, not WHITES. It's irrelevant whether whites hear the song or not. So it's the complete opposite of what applies to Irish struggle songs.

  • birdi_6001 - 2011-02-16 22:35

    I just think it is so funny that someone as small and really untalented as Steve would take on U2/Bono who really can squash him like a flee. Steve really made himself look even more ridiculous than he already does! "I'm so mad .. I'm... I'm... I'm just going to throw all the tickets I bought to watch you in concert into the river!! That will show you!! "

      Andy49 - 2011-02-16 23:05

      2) We get the point. This isn't a pissing contest, it is more about what is acceptable to be sung in the current racially polarised situation in RSA at present. Focus should be on Boneheads comments not what your personal views of Steve are, that boat has sailed already, keep it current.

  • birdi_6001 - 2011-02-16 22:36

    I just think it is so funny that someone as small and really untalented as Steve would take on U2/Bono who really can squash him like a flee. Steve really made himself look even more ridiculous than he already does! "I'm so mad .. I'm... I'm... I'm just going to throw all the tickets I bought to watch you in concert into the river!! That will show you!! "

      Andy49 - 2011-02-16 23:07

      3) hello Birdi - we really do get your point. This isn't a pissing contest, it is more about what is acceptable to be sung in the current racially polarised situation in RSA at present. Focus should be on Boneheads comments not what your personal views of Steve are, that boat has sailed already, keep it current.

  • Joe - 2011-02-17 01:15

    Kiss my ass Bono. Drop the 'n' to hear my voice: Boo!

  • cerveza - 2011-02-17 06:43

    mmmm, accusing people taking a comment out of context about a song that the ANC believes to be fine because "people won't take it out of context", sound a bit to complicated to figure this one out. Maybe if we are all quiet for a bit we can finally hear the other person without taking their words out of context

  • CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-02-17 06:44

    Whatever!!! Bono you are still an outstanding man and U2 the best group in this world!!

  • flyingsaucer - 2011-02-17 07:12

    It's a matter of intelligence. Clearly, Bono has plenty of it and Steve is still looking for it. If you do not have the capacity to interpret what you read or hear in the context it is said, or if you rely on possible misinterpretation by the press to form a judgemental opinion, which you then make public - like Stupid Steve and some of you idiots on here. You deserve nothing less than to be publicly humiliated... in other words for all the ones who were already lost on the 2nd line of my statement: You've just been publically humiliated!!! Bono is a legend!!!

      CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-02-17 07:32

      I second that!! He is a Legend!!!

      Paul69 - 2011-02-17 07:46

      Why don't you climb back into your space ship and F off back to Irelend, once again some person needed to fart and it came out the wrong whole. Let me guess you stand for extraterrestrials. At least some people stand up for what they believe, they don't hide behind some faceless appellation.

  • jobs12002 - 2011-02-17 07:55

    Its simple Bonhead , your a singer not n politician keep it that way

  • Ben - 2011-02-17 08:07

    I think it's time we started dumping our Steve CD's in the Jukskei... oh but I forgot, I don't own any, because I don't waste my money on sh%t!!

  • VIXJVR@24.com - 2011-02-17 08:19

    So its ok to sing theis song which promotes killing....just not in public....So whats next? its ok to kill someone aslong as its not in public? Yoyu know murdering is a crime in SA

  • flyingsaucer - 2011-02-17 08:32

    ...at Paul69 - you've just reconfirmed my point dumbass. Oh and... so your name is Paul69 and you look like a shadow behind frosted glass??? My name is Stew and I'm defenitely not from anywhere close where you are... in my village we don't inbreed.

  • Nico - 2011-02-17 08:36

    In SA the average person does not have the IQ or mental capacity to understand its only a song. Most of them live in poverty and sees the song as there way out. If he(Bono) understood this maybe then I would beleave this. He has got some person in who is polishing his marbel. Malema on the other hand falls under the IQ deprived people!!!

  • waynet59 - 2011-02-17 08:50

    bono is a flip flop on this issue .Once the reaction came so did his lame excuses.Get a backbone bono!

  • Chipster - 2011-02-17 08:56

    Bono campaigned in the fight to end apartheid? You normally win the trophy after the race has been run. This race is far from over; it just started a new cycle; the wheel has turned 180 degrees. The circle of abuse has now turned the abused into the abusee, with laws based on race alone. ANC mebers are killing the people they are singing about and the ANC is defending that right to sing to kill in court. Thanks Bono; maybe want to say something about the terrorist organisation running the country now?

  • Leenie - 2011-02-17 09:03

    Read the papers this morning, two people were slaughter like animals this week..(I'm sure there's more) And no one sang that stupid song.... Do you guys really think that by not singing that song, no one will be murdered anymore??!!???? The courts have already banned that song from being sung... SERIOUSLY!!!!! Bono has donated millions to AIDS, hunger... his an activist... If any of you were at his show, you would of seen the msg from Desmond Tutu, and clips from the speech from Nelson Mandela about peace and moving forward.. Come one people, seriously... Just before this, they were accused of being racists because there weren’t enough white people employed by big concerts to assist with the show... 100% of staff in CT are black and 97% in JHB were black... ????????? google it, you will see the article... 3 days later, everyone is up in arms about what he supposedly said... Everyone in this country likes to complain and point fingers and give others the blame... I went to his show, and I loved it and I would pay the same to go again.. By the way, all the money made from the tickets sold in the red zone, went to AIDS..SHAME ON YOU BONO for donating your money!!! And never come back again please, cause all the jobs that were created (even though temporary) all the vendors that made money from selling shirts and food and drinks.... all of that is not appreciated here!!

      Irie Fairie - 2011-02-17 10:22

      Blame it on the media, always trying to create a sensationalist story...

  • Ayantra - 2011-02-17 09:07

    My grandparents, together with my father was shot on their farm in Mpumalanga, my mother was raped in the process, 2 days after our South African Government announced that they see nothing wrong with the "Shoot the Boer" (Shoot the Farmer) traditional Zulu song that is being sung on national public gatherings (no matter WHAT you say, that is where it is being sung). And you have fuelled that notion. Now U2 comes to South Africa and claims the same on national publications in South Africa! Thank you U2. You are a disgrace to progress, reconciliation and peace in South Africa and a disgrace to Humanity. God only knows how many South Africans will die after your uninformed and naive comment. I hope you are proud of yourself ! ! ! ! ! You come to South Africa just to bag your money and leave the country in turmoil and confusion. Well done ! Enjoy your money! Stick to music and stay out of politics you don’t know anything about, especially the consequences !

  • Ayantra - 2011-02-17 09:13

    My grandparents, together with my father was shot on their farm in Mpumalanga, my mother was raped in the process, 2 days after our South African Government announced that they see nothing wrong with the "Shoot the Boer" (Shoot the Farmer) traditional Zulu song that is being sung on national public gatherings (no matter WHAT you say, that is where it is being sung). And you have fuelled that notion. Now U2 comes to South Africa and claims the same on national publications in South Africa! Thank you U2. You are a disgrace to progress, reconciliation and peace in South Africa and a disgrace to Humanity. God only knows how many South Africans will die after your uninformed and naive comment. I hope you are proud of yourself ! ! ! ! ! You come to South Africa just to bag your money and leave the country in turmoil and confusion. Well done ! Enjoy your money! Stick to music and stay out of politics you don’t know anything about, especially the consequences !

  • Ayantra - 2011-02-17 09:14

    My grandparents, together with my father was shot on their farm in Mpumalanga, my mother was raped in the process, 2 days after our South African Government announced that they see nothing wrong with the "Shoot the Boer" (Shoot the Farmer) traditional Zulu song that is being sung on national public gatherings (no matter WHAT you say, that is where it is being sung). And you have fuelled that notion. Now U2 comes to South Africa and claims the same on national publications in South Africa! Thank you U2. You are a disgrace to progress, reconciliation and peace in South Africa and a disgrace to Humanity. God only knows how many South Africans will die after your uninformed and naive comment. I hope you are proud of yourself ! ! ! ! ! You come to South Africa just to bag your money and leave the country in turmoil and confusion. Well done ! Enjoy your money! Stick to music and stay out of politics you don’t know anything about, especially the consequences !

      CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-02-17 11:51

      Heard you the first time!

  • daaivark - 2011-02-17 09:22

    Ag Bono, ignore the idiot. Just swat him away from your face. This was a publicity grab first class for a man who may have a following because he wrote a rugby song, for heaves's sake, but has absolutely no moral credibility and whose allure is fast fading now that his many many offspring approach voting age and the wrinkles on his much displayed and oft flexed biceps start to deepen.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-02-17 09:30

    Steve is a better song writer then Bono the lyric of pampoen are life changing

      CNA-LOL-BS - 2011-02-17 11:52

      lol

  • theone - 2011-02-17 09:41

    i can't wait to hear the reaction of afriforum. i wonder if they are going to take him to court and force him to apologise. i bet it's about time that the boers sing that song too. shoot the boer

      DeonL - 2011-02-17 11:30

      Agriforum were fine with, where is our Genl. De Larey when we need him?

  • gary.gecko - 2011-02-17 09:51

    The mere fact that he thinks there is any context in which "Shoot the boer" is acceptable, shows how little he understands about SA. I wish singers and other miscellaneous celebrities would just shut up about the politics of countries they know nothing about.

      Irie Fairie - 2011-02-17 10:25

      Journalists should not be directing political questions at artists either... It's just a ploy to sell more newspapers.