If you thought that U2 dropping their unsolicited album onto every single iPhone was the most unwanted noise Bono could gift you with, think again. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the 57 year-old thought it appropriate to provide comments, fitting to the year that was.
The frontman, whose weepy ballad All I Want is You reached number one in , lamented that male musicians no longer have an outlet for their rage because the industry has become too feminised. Although that’s not the word he used.
“I think music has gotten very girly. And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment???and that’s not good. When I was 16, I had a lot of anger in me.” he told the magazine’s co-founder Jann Wenner.
“You need to find a place for it and for guitars, whether it is with a drum machine???I don’t care. The moment something becomes preserved, it is f—— over. You might as well put it in formaldehyde.
“In the end, what is rock and roll? Rage is at the heart of it.”
Bono, whose real name is Paul Hewson, didn’t denounce female artists but it does seem like his lamentations on the lack of white male rage in such a fluid music genre is code for “too many women are dominating charts”.
Just like the comments made recently by Matt Damon over Harvey Weintsein, and the #MeToo Movement, Bono appears able to only view progress made by women as it affects – and in his eyes – detracts – from men.
But as gender and education professor Pam Gilbert has said, labels like “girly” and “girlie-man” are detrimental to both sexes; and they’re nominally employed toward males as a form of bullying.
“Boys learn that masculinity is a performance reliant on physical control, autonomy and independence.” she wrote in her research. “Being labelled a “girlie-man” is life’s greatest fear. Therein lies mockery, derision and rejection.”
Such rejection was evident just last week when Formula One world champion, Lewis Hamilton jokingly berated his nephew for wearing the princess dress he received as a Christmas gift. “I’m so sad right now. Look at my nephew,” Hamilton said in a video that has since been deleted. After a backlash on social media, Hamilton was quick to apologise. Bono has offered no such apology, despite the outcry on Twitter. Bono thinks music is too girly and there’s not enough anger? I’m a girl and I was really angry when he put a U2 album on my phone without asking me??? Jessie Thompson (@jessiecath) December 28, 2017Oh Bono. You have no idea of the rage us ???girly’ people have. https://t成都夜场招聘/6xX1or7A1P??? Heather Boyd (@HevBoyd) December 28, 2017