Sunday 22 April 2018

Telling men to be ashamed of masculinity is what's really toxic

All mockery aside, Bono is right to say that men must be free to express themselves without being accused of every male ill, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

The Edge and Bono sharing the microphone during a song on stage at Croke Park, Dublin, in June 1987, during U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour
The Edge and Bono sharing the microphone during a song on stage at Croke Park, Dublin, in June 1987, during U2’s The Joshua Tree Tour

Eilis O'Hanlon

Bono doesn't live on the same planet as the rest of us, but then he doesn't have to. He's a rock star. That doesn't mean everything the U2 front man says should be dismissed out of hand.

Take last week's interview in Rolling Stone magazine, in which Bono declared that rock music had become too "girly" for his tastes, and that, with the exception of hip hop, there was no place in the recording industry for young men to express their anger at the world.

Has he never heard of punk? That's what some readers immediately wondered. What about metal?

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