Bono, Don't Apologize

October 17, 2014 1:47 PM

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It was perhaps the epitome of the phrase "First World Problems" - U2 uploaded its new album Songs of Innocence into everyone's iTunes library and a small, vocal minority freaked the eff out, prompting frontman Bono to apologize during an online Q&A. In a moment of self-reflection, the often polarizing singer/activist blamed a combination of over-enthusiasm, fear of fading relevance for U2 and a healthy dollop of rock star megalomania. One is forced to wonder, however, why we have apparently become so touchy and spoiled that we now expect people to apologize for giving us something that we didn't necessarily want. Did we get all tantrum-y and demand that Mom and Dad say sorry for the socks and underwear under the Christmas tree instead of the hottest toy of the season? In later years, did we make them apologize for the fruitcake and the ugly shirt that didn't fit? Bono and U2 have apparently committed the worst sin of the digital age: infringing on our freedom to load our devices up with self-selected crap. And rather than just shrugging and deleting it and paying to download the next media-anointed, Auto-Tuned one-hit flavor of the month, we're going ballistic on a foursome of aging rockers who had the audacity to do something nice. The nerve of those guys.

Ever since they chose not to regurgitate The Joshua Tree ad nauseum in every subsequent release, rock fans, fellow musicians and the general public alike have been annoyed with U2, accusing them of being sellouts and sanctimonious preachers calling out the sins of the world from a comfortably bejewe...

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