Bono sparks sexism firestorm by calling modern music 'girly'

Bono's rant has proved rather divisive, to say the least

Bono, seen here at an awards ceremony in Madrid, made the comments in an interview with Rolling Stone

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Rock legend Bono is at the centre of a sexism firestorm after calling modern music "girly."

The U2 frontman and anti-poverty campaigner made the rather unfortunate comment while lamenting the fact there are very few places for "young male anger" on the 21st-century music scene.

"I think music has gotten very girly," Bono told Rolling Stone. "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. 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**king over. You might as well put it in formaldehyde.

"In the end, what is rock & roll? Rage is at the heart of it. Some great rock & roll tends to have that, which is why the Who were such a great band. Or Pearl Jam. Eddie has that rage."

Naturally Bono's outburst has gone down rather badly with female readers. One respondent on Twitter simply told Bono to "f*** off" while another said she was "really angry when he put a U2 album on my phone without asking me."