Sunday 25 September 2016

Irish shoppers slam Bob Geldof for bizarre Penneys rant: 'He's not living in the real world'

Martin Grant

Published 23/07/2016 | 12:19

Musician and campaigner Bob Geldof who criticised revellers for wearing Primark clothes as he unleashed an expletive-filled tirade at at Brentwood Festival on Sunday. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Musician and campaigner Bob Geldof who criticised revellers for wearing Primark clothes as he unleashed an expletive-filled tirade at at Brentwood Festival on Sunday. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
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Bob Geldof

Shoppers have slammed Bod Geldof after he criticised revellers for wearing Penneys clothes.

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The rocker expressed his anger at fans for wearing Penneys clothes in a bizarre attack during a gig in the UK.

Geldof appeared on stage with his punk rock band The Boomtown Rats at the Brentwood Festival – although the 64-year-old launched the attack after he was unimpressed with revellers clothing.

Video footage of his criticism was captured by fans at the gig.

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Bob Geldof

“Brentwood, we are the Boomtown Rats,” declare Geldof.

 “We are mega. And you are Brentwood. How do we know that you are Brentwood and we are mega?

“Because I, for one, am wearing a f**k off pretend snakeskin suit.

“On the other hand Brentwood, you are wearing wall to wall f*****g Primark.

“This is a rock and roll festival. When you come to a rock and roll festival, dress for a rock and roll festival.”

Hundreds of fans booed the rocker, while many festivalgoers decided to walk out of the gig.

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Shoppers in Dublin last night slammed Geldof’s comments as “complete snobbery”.

Hundreds flocked through Penney’s flagship outlet on Dublin’s O’Connell Street and were unimpressed by his comments.

Eliza Jane McDermott, who travelled from Derry to visit the Dublin Horse Show, described it as cheap talk from Geldof.

“What does he expect, would another shop be acceptable? I love Penneys, It’s just so affordable,” she told the Herald.

“You can’t afford to go out and buy clothes anymore, it’s just too expensive. Where as with Penneys, if you need a top you can easily buy it.

“If you spend €100 in another shop you might get three tops, but you would come out with four bags of clothes from Penneys.”

Her mother Theresa also agreed, adding that Geldof doesn’t have to worry about shopping with a budget.

“He could probably go into any shop and buy something without even looking at the price tag. I think he’s not living in the real world. Who’s he to tell anybody where to shop?

“I like my name brands as well, so I can mix and match with Penneys clothes, but a lot of my wardrobe would be Penneys,” added Theresa.

Cillian Byrne, from Knocklyon, said that he disagrees with Geldof’s comment, saying that he shops in Penneys.

“It’s just snobbery, he can afford all the expensive clothes. Penneys has great value, there is nothing wrong with it,” said Cillian.

Mickyy Walden, from the UK, said that Penneys offers value for money.

He said: “If the clothes look nice and you’re looking good, there is no problem with it. The shirts in Penneys are just as good as anywhere else.”

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