Bono is a lot like Marmite in that you either love him or hate him, but you absolutely can’t deny that he’s achieved a lot during his life. For his latest feat he’s actually managed to win a ‘woman of the year’ award without even being the correct gender. Talk about a pioneer.
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Bono has become the first male to win the award thanks to his humanitarian work with the ‘Poverty Is Sexist’ campaign. This aims to relieve the poverty that discriminates against women on a global scale. Glamour justified their decision to hand him the award by saying the following:
While the editorial team and advisory board has [previously] put the kibosh on naming a Man of the Year on the grounds that men aren’t exactly hurting for awards in this world and that here at Glamour, the tribe we’re into celebrating is female […] when a major male rock star who could do anything at all with his life decides to focus on the rights of women and girls world-wide – well, all that’s worth celebrating.
To be honest I can’t really fault that logic and although generally I think Bono comes across as a twat, I’ve got to hand it to him here. The man himself was suitably taken aback with the award, saying the following:
I’m sure I don’t deserve it. But I’m grateful for this award as a chance to say the battle for gender equality can’t be won unless men lead it along with women. We’re largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions.
That’s a great attitude to have about this issue and the fact that Glamour have given him this award is probably only going to raise awareness of it even further, even if people want to protest or think it’s stupid/funny that Bono has been chosen for it.
However, did you know that Bono actually owns part of Facebook? He probably should be working his ass off solving global issues when he has that much money in the bank.