Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Seeing Red

(BBC Online)
Usually I buy The Guardian, but yesterday I brought both The Guardian and The Independent.
The reason! Well Bono of U2 was the Guest Editor and I was intrigued by the front cover. It was splashed with red colour and with the headline No News Today and underneath Just 6,500 Africans died today as a result of a preventable, treatable disease. I was also intrigued by the small pictures of a needle, a dove with an olive branch, a skull, and a pair of hands in prayer, plus the Bible verse Genesis 1.27.
Which, okay, many people find all of this a bit depressing first thing in the morning, but is certainly more relevant and important than the paparratzi and celebrity over-focus on some of the tabloid headlines. Could Bono get away with this at The Sun or The Daily Mail? I doubt it.
Some will have a go at this for being the stunt of an egotistical rock star of Lennonesque proportions. But these critics of Bono, and indeed Bob Geldof, are of old. My response is at least he is doing something and making an effort, and if using Bono as Guest Editor of a daily newspaper is going to make some difference, no matter how small, then so be it! :)


Skuds said...

And yet, if U2 brought out a new album with Simon Kelner replacing Bono as 'guest singer' nobody would buy it!

Paul Burgin said...

Well a gaggle of Londoners would, if only for the amusement factor! ;)