Heart Of America Tour Documentary

U2log.com’s New York editor Chris Conroy recently attended a Tribeca Film Festival screening of the thirty-minute documentary Heart Of America, chronicling the December 2002 initiative by Bono and his DATA group to bring the message of the AIDS emergency and relief for Africa to the American Midwest. To read his review of the film and event, click the link below.


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There were more than a few things that I simply could not stop thinking about as I walked away from this film, but let’s start with the U2-related thought: Bono truly has become “earnest” again. When U2 made their “return to form” in 2000, I, for one, really only thought about it on the musical level: discarding the dance music and avant-garde elements in favor of the familiar chiming guitars and sweepingly romantic lyrics. But there was also that much-discussed “death of irony” idea buzzing around at the time, and watching Bono in the Heart Of America film, I finally saw that newly-rediscovered open heart in action. Bono in Heart Of America is painfully, awkwardly, immensely earnest; when you see him break out into an a capella rendition of “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” with the Gateway Ambassadors (a chorus of teenagers from Ghana), or hear him punctuate the testimony of his fellow speakers with a “Yes!” or an “Amen!”, you almost can’t help but wince, and those immortal words echo in your ears: Am I buggin’ ya? I don’t mean ta… bug ya.

But if you let it sink in, you realize; could he come at this problem any other way? There are many ways of dealing — both personally and professionally — with an emergency as large as the one the tour sought to bring to America’s attention. Chris Tucker, another of DATA’s celebrity speakers, seemed almost stunned by it, speaking quietly and with surprising hesistancy and reserve when called to the podium. Ashley Judd speaks with fire and conviction: in all of the appearances shown in the film, you can see the operations of a powerful mind that is truly infuriated by the resistance she’s seen to addressing an eminently solvable problem. Bono is never angry (or rather, he never lets it show), and he never seems cowed by the immensity of his task. As corny as it sounds, the vast wellsprings of charisma and emotion that we’ve all seen him draw upon onstage can, it turns out, translate just as powerfully on a one-to-one basis.

The film is composed of a mix of interview and documentary footage; we watch as elected officials, leaders of business, African activists, religious organizations, and American entertainers make the case for African AIDS relief in the most unlikely venues: churches, high schools, universities, truck stops, a Krispy Kreme donut shop. In every location, you can see the simplicity and absolute persuasiveness of their argument shine through. You can literally watch the faces as ordinary Americans come to understand the immensity of what they’re being told. And when DATA trots out its immortal punchline — “Don’t send money; you already have” — they drive home the final key to making relief happen: convincing politicians of the need to make Africa an issue. As Bobby Shriver, the head of DATA, put it in a Q&A session after the film, most American politicians haven’t heeded DATA’s call simply because they believe “there’s no votes in it;” the purpose of the Heart Of America tour was to convince one of America’s key chunks of electorate to tell their representatives otherwise.

We, as a captive U2 audience, have heard most of Bono’s familiar soundbites on the AIDS catastrophe in Africa before, but the American Midwest had not, and the film deftly repeats for the uninitiated those that are most effective — the “watering-can” argument, for example, which holds the West responsible if Africa “bursts into flames” on our watch and becomes an entire continent of Afghanistans. But there are more than a few surprises in Bono’s arsenal. One of the most powerful moments of the film is when Bono (in an interview staged for the documentary) speaks bluntly on the topic of racism: “If this was happening in Paris, Berlin,” he asks, would we be responding in the same way? “We’d be there in an instant if this was happening anywhere where there were white people.”

It’s this kind of institutionalized, entirely unconscious racism that has lead Bono to believe that the Western world has to a great extent, already written off Africa — when the cost of stopping AIDS in its tracks there is far smaller than almost anyone imagines. In one astonishing scene, Ashley Judd (speaking to a classroom of high-school students) drops a bombshell: the cost of the one-time, one-dose medicine which prevents the transmission of HIV from a mother to an unborn child is one American quarter. A full year’s worth of antiviral treatment for HIV/AIDS cost, at the beginning of the 1990s, over a thousand dollars; at the time of the Heart Of America tour, it had dropped to $350; and, as Bobby Shriver informed us after the screening, has now dropped again to just over $100. These drugs have what the film calls a “Lazarus effect,” raising exhausted and sickly patients from their beds and stabilizing their health to make them productive members of a society and, crucially, an economy; but although 4.1 million Africans require them, only 50,000 get them. Activist Agnes Nyamayarwo, who lost her entire family to AIDS and is herself infected with HIV, is one of these people; in the film, she demonstrates the remarkable simplicity of staying on the drug regimen and shows just how effective and vibrant a patient taking the drugs can be.

While the film may occasionally be uncomfortable to watch — both for the intense emotional content of Bono’s methods of communication, and the sheer horror of the catastrophe it describes — it is never less than compelling, always persuasive, and never obnoxiously preachy, or politically partisan, despite its strong ideological content. The film ends with footage of President Bush (in his State of the Union address of early 2003) making a startlingly passionate, moral, and convincing plea to Congress to fund a sweeping African relief plan; the film sends the message that that plea must be applauded — and followed up on. The issue of African AIDS is one that can easily disappear down the rabbit hole, especially in times as politically tumultuous as these; but the more people who see this undeniably effective film, the more likely it is that the problem will be addressed.

DATA is currently seeking methods of distribution for the film; at the moment, it is used largely at their own events and other avenues for putting it before the public are needed (part of the aim of screening it at the Tribeca Film Festival was to catch any cable-television executives in attendance; the film has been submitted to HBO but it is unknown if it will be shown). May we at U2log suggest, if the rumors we recently heard from Portugal are true, that the documentary should be included on the DVD that may be packaged with U2’s new album? Not only would it be the most persuasive apologia available for why it took the group so long to record the disc (heh), but it would instantly put the film in the hands of hundreds of thousands, or perhaps millions, of U2 fans worldwide whose hearts are already open to the message it has to tell.

The Heart Of America film was directed and edited by Dominic DeJoseph on a volunteer basis, and paid for by grants from The Gates Foundation and financier George Soros (whose representatives attended the screening we saw). Again, DATA is seeking ways to present the film to a wider audience. Copies are available, on request, for public events; if interested, please write to the organization at the address below, and if you happen to work in the film or television industries and are interested in the project, we urge you to do the same. As an individual, you may want to consider: attending a DATA event, such as the one to be held in Philadelphia on Sunday; writing to DATA for more information; or, at the very least, visiting their website — www.data.org.

DATA’s mailing address is:
DATA – Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa
1317 F Street, NW 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20004
United States

Or, if you are outside the United States:
DATA
8 St James

102 thoughts on “Heart Of America Tour Documentary

  1. Can not wait to watch this, bono and chris tucker and ashley judd talk about an odd combination! anyways, “Solar” better be amazing (to others who don’t realize it, in some parts of the world, the “” or quotes means sarcastic, so i don’t really belive that solar is the title, so don’t FLAME me!!!) Amen Brotha, The God I know doens’t need money!
    “I’m not doubting. I don’t doubt God. I have firm faith absolutely in God. It’s religion I’m doubting.” -Bono

  2. Can not wait to watch this, bono and chris tucker and ashley judd talk about an odd combination! anyways, “Solar” better be amazing (to others who don’t realize it, in some parts of the world, the “” or quotes means sarcastic, so i don’t really belive that solar is the title, so don’t FLAME me!!!) Amen Brotha, The God I know doens’t need money!
    “I’m not doubting. I don’t doubt God. I have firm faith absolutely in God. It’s religion I’m doubting.” -Bono

  3. I also cannot wait to see this; I wish there were some plans of making this available free of charge to schools — perhaps it would help combat this drive toward moral and intellectual somnambulism that is just all the rage today. I think part of the problem many U2 fans have with Bono’s justice work is that the boy is really showing himself for who he is — he does that in the music, but art isn’t quite the unvarnished statement that personality is. And Bono is sincere — earnest and very, very sincere. Born that way. And too smart for a lot of people to understand, I think. I think we have to worry about why those qualities are perceived as a bad thing. And why people are afraid to awaken them in themselves. I’m glad irony died its death — remember,in response to the brutal beating the band took in the R&H era, the standard backlash the press doles out, he decided he was going to adopt a mask to save himself the hurt. That was the birth of irony. And what happened? He gained forty pounds, spent several years torn and confused, and woke up in some strange place with a snake on his chest. And I think he saw that he couldn’t endure it, that it wasn’t who we was, and that it is very hard to get your message across with irony and satire, especially in the US. Things like Beavis and Butthead, the Simpsons, South Park even, are satirical, but no one got it. Those characters became validation for morons, and encouraged others to follow the example! And I can’t help but think that following the “irony” course showed Bono that his only option was to become one of those smug hands-off capital “L” Liberals who really don’t give a damn about injustice, but are wholly fascinated with seeming superior. They accomplish NOTHING. And that’s just not Mr. B’s way! And yes, we hear Bono using the same metaphors over and over about the AIDS pandemic, but really, what else does anyone want him to come up with? You would think just the stone-cold facts would excite people’s outrage and promote action. I wonder, did it ever occur to anyone that if they got involved and did their part to arrest this horrifying devastation, it would free Bono up to stay in the studio?? He wouldn’t have to go out and lobby YOUR president, YOUR congresspeople, YOUR senators, YOUR ministers. That’s supposed to be YOUR job anyway! He should just have to content himself with Ireland. I have to say it has given me pause for thought to see the way the U2 community in general has just sat around and griped while Bono has been doing this work. No one seems to realize exactly what is at stake in sub-Saharan Africa, what is happening and why, and worse, to care enough to take action. The U2 army is a considerable force of people, but even evangelical Christians are leaving them in the dust on this emergency. Yikes.

    I hate rumor mongering, but I’m going to mong this just in case — CSPAN may be carrying the rally in Philly on Sunday, so keep an eye out. Bon will be joined by, among others, one of my personal favorites, Dikembe Mutombo. Many may see this as an odd pairing, but not really — check out Dike’s work at http://www.dmf.org True, it ought to be a stitch just to see them stand side by side, since Dike is, I estimate, 19 inches taller than Bono!

    Well, take it all for what it’s worth, but for my part, that felt good! Thank you and, good day!

  4. I also cannot wait to see this; I wish there were some plans of making this available free of charge to schools — perhaps it would help combat this drive toward moral and intellectual somnambulism that is just all the rage today. I think part of the problem many U2 fans have with Bono’s justice work is that the boy is really showing himself for who he is — he does that in the music, but art isn’t quite the unvarnished statement that personality is. And Bono is sincere — earnest and very, very sincere. Born that way. And too smart for a lot of people to understand, I think. I think we have to worry about why those qualities are perceived as a bad thing. And why people are afraid to awaken them in themselves. I’m glad irony died its death — remember,in response to the brutal beating the band took in the R&H era, the standard backlash the press doles out, he decided he was going to adopt a mask to save himself the hurt. That was the birth of irony. And what happened? He gained forty pounds, spent several years torn and confused, and woke up in some strange place with a snake on his chest. And I think he saw that he couldn’t endure it, that it wasn’t who we was, and that it is very hard to get your message across with irony and satire, especially in the US. Things like Beavis and Butthead, the Simpsons, South Park even, are satirical, but no one got it. Those characters became validation for morons, and encouraged others to follow the example! And I can’t help but think that following the “irony” course showed Bono that his only option was to become one of those smug hands-off capital “L” Liberals who really don’t give a damn about injustice, but are wholly fascinated with seeming superior. They accomplish NOTHING. And that’s just not Mr. B’s way! And yes, we hear Bono using the same metaphors over and over about the AIDS pandemic, but really, what else does anyone want him to come up with? You would think just the stone-cold facts would excite people’s outrage and promote action. I wonder, did it ever occur to anyone that if they got involved and did their part to arrest this horrifying devastation, it would free Bono up to stay in the studio?? He wouldn’t have to go out and lobby YOUR president, YOUR congresspeople, YOUR senators, YOUR ministers. That’s supposed to be YOUR job anyway! He should just have to content himself with Ireland. I have to say it has given me pause for thought to see the way the U2 community in general has just sat around and griped while Bono has been doing this work. No one seems to realize exactly what is at stake in sub-Saharan Africa, what is happening and why, and worse, to care enough to take action. The U2 army is a considerable force of people, but even evangelical Christians are leaving them in the dust on this emergency. Yikes.

    I hate rumor mongering, but I’m going to mong this just in case — CSPAN may be carrying the rally in Philly on Sunday, so keep an eye out. Bon will be joined by, among others, one of my personal favorites, Dikembe Mutombo. Many may see this as an odd pairing, but not really — check out Dike’s work at http://www.dmf.org True, it ought to be a stitch just to see them stand side by side, since Dike is, I estimate, 19 inches taller than Bono!

    Well, take it all for what it’s worth, but for my part, that felt good! Thank you and, good day!

  5. BORING!!!

    Bono, get in the damn studio and finish the record you self centered egomaniac.

  6. BORING!!!

    Bono, get in the damn studio and finish the record you self centered egomaniac.

  7. There are many things you can accuse Bono of being in this film, but “self-centered” isn’t one of them. I’ll hold back on saying what “self-centered” really seems to mean in regards to your comment.

  8. There are many things you can accuse Bono of being in this film, but “self-centered” isn’t one of them. I’ll hold back on saying what “self-centered” really seems to mean in regards to your comment.

  9. Well put Paige. Bono is sincere. However, I can understand why it is painful for some of us to watch him speak rather than waxing eteranlly poetic belting at the top of his lungs. Could it be that Bono is just human like the rest of us? If he is, he is set apart from the rest of us with an incredible talent to draw others in and make them care about anything from the horrible AIDS Crisis in sub-Shaharan Africa to a lemon shaped like a disco ball.

  10. Well put Paige. Bono is sincere. However, I can understand why it is painful for some of us to watch him speak rather than waxing eteranlly poetic belting at the top of his lungs. Could it be that Bono is just human like the rest of us? If he is, he is set apart from the rest of us with an incredible talent to draw others in and make them care about anything from the horrible AIDS Crisis in sub-Shaharan Africa to a lemon shaped like a disco ball.

  11. I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Kelly, you are right on” Bono, we are fans of your singing, not your damn public speaking ability. There are legions of U2 fans who have had enough of that crap. Make some music for God’s sake. Here we are over four YEARS since the last release. Ridiculous!

  12. I think I speak for everyone when I say, “Kelly, you are right on” Bono, we are fans of your singing, not your damn public speaking ability. There are legions of U2 fans who have had enough of that crap. Make some music for God’s sake. Here we are over four YEARS since the last release. Ridiculous!

  13. I had the pleasure of watching the entirity of the Heart of America program in Indianapolis on our local cable access station. I’m sure it’s not as professionally done as the documentary, but it was the entire program, uncut, unedited, and you got to see what you’d been reading about in all those news stories and editorials.

    “Sincere” is absolutely right. ACHINGLY sincere. Sometimes painfully sincere. But we’re dealing with a painful topic here. I was reminded that Bono’s passion these days is divided. I can absolutely see him giving up the rock star thing once and for all some day – not soon, but perhaps in 10 years – and devoting himself wholesale to the DATA cause. It has captured his heart. God bless him for being such a generous human being. It makes the wait for the new album seem trivial.

  14. I had the pleasure of watching the entirity of the Heart of America program in Indianapolis on our local cable access station. I’m sure it’s not as professionally done as the documentary, but it was the entire program, uncut, unedited, and you got to see what you’d been reading about in all those news stories and editorials.

    “Sincere” is absolutely right. ACHINGLY sincere. Sometimes painfully sincere. But we’re dealing with a painful topic here. I was reminded that Bono’s passion these days is divided. I can absolutely see him giving up the rock star thing once and for all some day – not soon, but perhaps in 10 years – and devoting himself wholesale to the DATA cause. It has captured his heart. God bless him for being such a generous human being. It makes the wait for the new album seem trivial.

  15. Self-Centered egomaniac? That’s a bit harsh I think, but I do agree that the band has waited far too long in between releases. That point is certain. All I can say is that the new album had better dazzle becuase the boys have had an eternity to make it. Hopefully it won’t be an over-produced disaster.

  16. Self-Centered egomaniac? That’s a bit harsh I think, but I do agree that the band has waited far too long in between releases. That point is certain. All I can say is that the new album had better dazzle becuase the boys have had an eternity to make it. Hopefully it won’t be an over-produced disaster.

  17. Paige…interesting thoughts on the ironic bit and the somewhat surprising pitch for us U2 fans to get off our asses (at least before we cast stones about the lack of new album).
    Remember Larry repeating a critic’s comment that “U2 is for the head, the heart and the feet?” Seems to me some people only get the feet part, some only get the heart part, some only get the head part, etc. Some people don’t love U2 for the totality of it….and that’s OK, too.

  18. Paige…interesting thoughts on the ironic bit and the somewhat surprising pitch for us U2 fans to get off our asses (at least before we cast stones about the lack of new album).
    Remember Larry repeating a critic’s comment that “U2 is for the head, the heart and the feet?” Seems to me some people only get the feet part, some only get the heart part, some only get the head part, etc. Some people don’t love U2 for the totality of it….and that’s OK, too.

  19. If this film were available for sale on DVD, I’d buy it today and start setting up showings at churches, coffee shops, and anywhere else I could beg a half hour.

    Paige, you speak for me. I certainly understand wanting the new album. I wanted it last fall, I wanted it in March, I wanted it for June, and November seems an eternity. But it troubles me to see the intolerance of Bono’s having priorities beyond pleasing U2 fans and providing them with additional products to purchase — especially when those priorities relate to making a unique contribution (one that, honestly, almost no one else could make) to mobilizing the developed world to address a situation where 7000 people die a day.

  20. If this film were available for sale on DVD, I’d buy it today and start setting up showings at churches, coffee shops, and anywhere else I could beg a half hour.

    Paige, you speak for me. I certainly understand wanting the new album. I wanted it last fall, I wanted it in March, I wanted it for June, and November seems an eternity. But it troubles me to see the intolerance of Bono’s having priorities beyond pleasing U2 fans and providing them with additional products to purchase — especially when those priorities relate to making a unique contribution (one that, honestly, almost no one else could make) to mobilizing the developed world to address a situation where 7000 people die a day.

  21. A record is more important than human beings?? I have been a HUGE fan of U2’s since 1985 and if Bono helps to save people’s lives then a record can wait a fricking couples of months.

  22. A record is more important than human beings?? I have been a HUGE fan of U2’s since 1985 and if Bono helps to save people’s lives then a record can wait a fricking couples of months.

  23. I’m glad that Bono is making a difference instead of snorting pot and getting caught up in sex scandals like other rock stars, but enough is enough. I started liking U2 because they make great music, not because of their charitable activities. If he ever gave up music, I would totally lose interest in him. I didn’t get into this whole U2 thing to follow the life and times of an activist. I wish he would just let Oprah do it, because I can’t take much more of this!

  24. I’m glad that Bono is making a difference instead of snorting pot and getting caught up in sex scandals like other rock stars, but enough is enough. I started liking U2 because they make great music, not because of their charitable activities. If he ever gave up music, I would totally lose interest in him. I didn’t get into this whole U2 thing to follow the life and times of an activist. I wish he would just let Oprah do it, because I can’t take much more of this!

  25. can’t take much more of this…hey,in africa you have to have a water card to get your daily limit for water to take the aids pills…it is on fire there…was it not enough for bono to share his daughters,and his birthday, for us to share…be thankful due time…

  26. can’t take much more of this…hey,in africa you have to have a water card to get your daily limit for water to take the aids pills…it is on fire there…was it not enough for bono to share his daughters,and his birthday, for us to share…be thankful due time…

  27. Sounds like the thesaurus is all the rage with you Paige. LOL. 😀 All I have to say to your use of the word “somnambulism” is — “I’M WIDE AWAKE…I’M NOT SLEEPING…!” I’m just givin’ you a hard time — I really enjoyed your post.

  28. Sounds like the thesaurus is all the rage with you Paige. LOL. 😀 All I have to say to your use of the word “somnambulism” is — “I’M WIDE AWAKE…I’M NOT SLEEPING…!” I’m just givin’ you a hard time — I really enjoyed your post.

  29. Pat & Kelly definitely do NOT speak for me! Have been a U2 fan from the very first days and yes, am anxious for the new album. However, it seems to me if you love the band so much, you’d give them the respect of allowing them to go in whatever direction their hearts and minds tell them. If that’s not music, then we’ll all be sad – but the people of Africa will be better off – and, to me, that’s more important. I’ve chosen to learn more about the topic and try to do my little bit. If you choose not to, that’s your choice – but you do NOT speak for all U2 fans.

  30. Pat & Kelly definitely do NOT speak for me! Have been a U2 fan from the very first days and yes, am anxious for the new album. However, it seems to me if you love the band so much, you’d give them the respect of allowing them to go in whatever direction their hearts and minds tell them. If that’s not music, then we’ll all be sad – but the people of Africa will be better off – and, to me, that’s more important. I’ve chosen to learn more about the topic and try to do my little bit. If you choose not to, that’s your choice – but you do NOT speak for all U2 fans.

  31. “If he ever gave up music, I would totally lose interest in him. I didn’t get into this whole U2 thing to follow the life and times of an activist.”

    You know what? I’m convinced Bono wouldn’t care one bit if he lost a few fans — or all of them. He’s not doing this work for popularity or fame; he’s doing it to save the lives of “the least of these” and to hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant” when he passes from this world.

  32. “If he ever gave up music, I would totally lose interest in him. I didn’t get into this whole U2 thing to follow the life and times of an activist.”

    You know what? I’m convinced Bono wouldn’t care one bit if he lost a few fans — or all of them. He’s not doing this work for popularity or fame; he’s doing it to save the lives of “the least of these” and to hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant” when he passes from this world.

  33. Hello, Vonb, and everyone, I haven’t posted in forever but I do still check the site several times daily… I just wanted to say, I got into the U2 thing because U2’s music and the example they set with their lives not only makes the world a better place, it has made me a better person, and I am forever in their debt…. If Bono and the other guys decide to live in a hole and collect stamps for the next 10 years, fine, they has given far more to the world than they ever needed to… Bono deserves nothing but praise IMO, even though I’m excited about a new album too, I can wait if it’s going to help someone’s life… Thankx!!! I’ll be back soon!!!

  34. Hello, Vonb, and everyone, I haven’t posted in forever but I do still check the site several times daily… I just wanted to say, I got into the U2 thing because U2’s music and the example they set with their lives not only makes the world a better place, it has made me a better person, and I am forever in their debt…. If Bono and the other guys decide to live in a hole and collect stamps for the next 10 years, fine, they has given far more to the world than they ever needed to… Bono deserves nothing but praise IMO, even though I’m excited about a new album too, I can wait if it’s going to help someone’s life… Thankx!!! I’ll be back soon!!!

  35. Okey everone hush,for a bit,If i was a activist id be trying to save the world from a astroide..more so then saving africa, who need to stop fucking like flys and start controling the world population so we all dont die from lack of resourses So u2 get on that train and bring on the music before we get hit by a falling rock Because no rock star could take his rock star attidude on a mission to search the skys and fund what could be the worlds best hope for being wiped out .

  36. Okey everone hush,for a bit,If i was a activist id be trying to save the world from a astroide..more so then saving africa, who need to stop fucking like flys and start controling the world population so we all dont die from lack of resourses So u2 get on that train and bring on the music before we get hit by a falling rock Because no rock star could take his rock star attidude on a mission to search the skys and fund what could be the worlds best hope for being wiped out .

  37. I would so love to see this. Thanks SO much Chris for a fantastic review! And yes I think it would be a great idea if it could be included with the rumoured DVD

    Paige – that was lovely to read, very inspiring and touching, thanks

    Kelly – oh please….. you really do assume too much.

    oh and Pat, maybe you should just be content to speak for yourself

  38. I would so love to see this. Thanks SO much Chris for a fantastic review! And yes I think it would be a great idea if it could be included with the rumoured DVD

    Paige – that was lovely to read, very inspiring and touching, thanks

    Kelly – oh please….. you really do assume too much.

    oh and Pat, maybe you should just be content to speak for yourself

  39. Whoa, never expected this reponse, thank you to all who had something kind to say.

    I wish, with a few obvious exceptions, that we could all get together for a drink and discuss this! But I do want to point out one thing, the idea that this is “charity” work. When Geldof went after Thatcher at Live Aid time, trying to impress on her what was happening in Ethiopia, she tried to brush him off with, “We all have our charities.” The concept of charity is a whole separate thing, but calling Bono’s work here “charity” is like considering it “charity” when you turn a garden hose on a fire at your neighbor’s house, or helping people after they’ve been hit by a quake or tornado. This is a human emergency that requires immediate attention, based on pure human decency. It doesn’t have the limited timespan of other emergencies, but that’s what it is. And those time spans are deceiving anyway — ask Ali about Chernobyl. And someone mentioned Oprah — compare what Bon is doing compared to Oprah. She’s collecting money and picking up the administrative tab, a big help and very admirable. But look at the footage from her trip to Africa — when you look at Bono’s footage, the people who are suffering are the stars; with Oprah, it’s all reaction shots of how this is effecting HER. She has this massive following who will listen to what she says, but I haven’t heard anything about petitioning representatives or putting public pressure on the pharmaceutical industry, and that’s what is really needed — a change in the way things are done. And for people of conscience to stand up and say, hey, ENOUGH! She must be wholly gunshy after what the Texas cattlemen put her through, but she’s chickening out of things that Bono is facing, wasting an opportunity and getting a little carried away with the ego side. Mama Oprah, indeed! Ever hear anyone say, yo, there goes Papa Bono? I’ll bet not even Jordan and Eve!

    I also got so wrapped up in the ideas inspired by what Chris wrote that I neglected to say, nice job Chris and thanks!

    jane’s kid, I don’t think you need anyone to speak for you, especially me. Your first paragraph? That’s IT, EXACTLY! I love the way you think!

    And pc, I’ll try to keep the vocabulary down to your level — GOTCHA! I’d do one of those html things for smiley face, but I can’t keep them straight, and am always afraid that I’ve told someone to go to hell when I mean, have a nice day!

  40. Whoa, never expected this reponse, thank you to all who had something kind to say.

    I wish, with a few obvious exceptions, that we could all get together for a drink and discuss this! But I do want to point out one thing, the idea that this is “charity” work. When Geldof went after Thatcher at Live Aid time, trying to impress on her what was happening in Ethiopia, she tried to brush him off with, “We all have our charities.” The concept of charity is a whole separate thing, but calling Bono’s work here “charity” is like considering it “charity” when you turn a garden hose on a fire at your neighbor’s house, or helping people after they’ve been hit by a quake or tornado. This is a human emergency that requires immediate attention, based on pure human decency. It doesn’t have the limited timespan of other emergencies, but that’s what it is. And those time spans are deceiving anyway — ask Ali about Chernobyl. And someone mentioned Oprah — compare what Bon is doing compared to Oprah. She’s collecting money and picking up the administrative tab, a big help and very admirable. But look at the footage from her trip to Africa — when you look at Bono’s footage, the people who are suffering are the stars; with Oprah, it’s all reaction shots of how this is effecting HER. She has this massive following who will listen to what she says, but I haven’t heard anything about petitioning representatives or putting public pressure on the pharmaceutical industry, and that’s what is really needed — a change in the way things are done. And for people of conscience to stand up and say, hey, ENOUGH! She must be wholly gunshy after what the Texas cattlemen put her through, but she’s chickening out of things that Bono is facing, wasting an opportunity and getting a little carried away with the ego side. Mama Oprah, indeed! Ever hear anyone say, yo, there goes Papa Bono? I’ll bet not even Jordan and Eve!

    I also got so wrapped up in the ideas inspired by what Chris wrote that I neglected to say, nice job Chris and thanks!

    jane’s kid, I don’t think you need anyone to speak for you, especially me. Your first paragraph? That’s IT, EXACTLY! I love the way you think!

    And pc, I’ll try to keep the vocabulary down to your level — GOTCHA! I’d do one of those html things for smiley face, but I can’t keep them straight, and am always afraid that I’ve told someone to go to hell when I mean, have a nice day!

  41. It’s just that I’ve only really known how cool U2 is for less than three years, and I would be really disappointed if Bono gave up U2 for activism right when I start liking them. That would be just my luck. Maybe I should start watching American Idol so it will get cancelled.

  42. It’s just that I’ve only really known how cool U2 is for less than three years, and I would be really disappointed if Bono gave up U2 for activism right when I start liking them. That would be just my luck. Maybe I should start watching American Idol so it will get cancelled.

  43. Hi all, about the availability of the film…I dont mean to sponsor internet piracy or file sharing…BUT if you have a software called dc++ there are some people on there who have it, I haven’t download it, but that’s an option for now.

  44. Hi all, about the availability of the film…I dont mean to sponsor internet piracy or file sharing…BUT if you have a software called dc++ there are some people on there who have it, I haven’t download it, but that’s an option for now.

  45. So you idiots want a politician or a rock star? None of you would give a rat’s ass if Bono was not a musician and none of you would even care about Africa if not for this egomaniac. Hell, I am sure none of you have even donated a penny to his causes.

    Remember to separate the man from the music. This limo liberal got his fame from the music and people only care about him for the music not his f#%#ing political views. So I say the jerk off better figure out that the U2 album is what people want not endless speeches about how the world should be helping the third world country by giving money to corrupt governments. just look at Bono’s idol Koffi Annan, the guy who took kick back’s from Saddam. I am supposed to be listening to a rock start who probably has only a high school education. Give me a break. i will listen to the real geo-political experts not some egomaniac rock star

  46. So you idiots want a politician or a rock star? None of you would give a rat’s ass if Bono was not a musician and none of you would even care about Africa if not for this egomaniac. Hell, I am sure none of you have even donated a penny to his causes.

    Remember to separate the man from the music. This limo liberal got his fame from the music and people only care about him for the music not his f#%#ing political views. So I say the jerk off better figure out that the U2 album is what people want not endless speeches about how the world should be helping the third world country by giving money to corrupt governments. just look at Bono’s idol Koffi Annan, the guy who took kick back’s from Saddam. I am supposed to be listening to a rock start who probably has only a high school education. Give me a break. i will listen to the real geo-political experts not some egomaniac rock star

  47. I want bono to do what ever he wants to do. Part of the reason that I love u2 is because their music is about something worth caring about. JT wouldn’t have been what it is without Bono’s extracirricular activities…and AB is heartbreaking because it was born out of heartbreak. The music will come when it comes….this idiot is happy to be a fan of such a complex and caring band.

  48. I want bono to do what ever he wants to do. Part of the reason that I love u2 is because their music is about something worth caring about. JT wouldn’t have been what it is without Bono’s extracirricular activities…and AB is heartbreaking because it was born out of heartbreak. The music will come when it comes….this idiot is happy to be a fan of such a complex and caring band.

  49. man helps change the world for the better & releases some cool tunes with his band on the side. î see no downside here. ♥ to all & thanks for the site.

  50. man helps change the world for the better & releases some cool tunes with his band on the side. î see no downside here. ♥ to all & thanks for the site.

  51. Funny how none of you sheep defend your God Bono on his constant praising of the UN, especially Koffi Annan, after it has been shown Mr. Annan is a corrupt bastard and the UN is the most corrupt institutions.

    In fact, I have not seen Bonehead cozying himself up with the UN and its cronies lately. I wonder why? I thought they were so great according to Mr. Geo Politics Bonohead!!!

  52. Funny how none of you sheep defend your God Bono on his constant praising of the UN, especially Koffi Annan, after it has been shown Mr. Annan is a corrupt bastard and the UN is the most corrupt institutions.

    In fact, I have not seen Bonehead cozying himself up with the UN and its cronies lately. I wonder why? I thought they were so great according to Mr. Geo Politics Bonohead!!!

  53. Kelly you have enlightened me:-) I never thought about it but come to think what you are saying has a ring of truth to it.

  54. Kelly you have enlightened me:-) I never thought about it but come to think what you are saying has a ring of truth to it.

  55. Okey is thes true, u2 new single september, and the album november or november 2005 im confused cause we where told last year u2 albume would be out in decmeber 2003 there always a major slow down in thes record one min its out in 3 months then u here 7 months i bet before its all said in done thes album well see a 2006 release for 10 fucken songs pathlic

  56. Okey is thes true, u2 new single september, and the album november or november 2005 im confused cause we where told last year u2 albume would be out in decmeber 2003 there always a major slow down in thes record one min its out in 3 months then u here 7 months i bet before its all said in done thes album well see a 2006 release for 10 fucken songs pathlic

  57. Okey is thes true, u2 new single september, and the album november or november 2005 im confused cause we where told last year u2 albume would be out in decmeber 2003 there always a major slow down in thes record one min its out in 3 months then u here 7 months i bet before its all said in done thes album well see a 2006 release for 10 fucken songs pathlic

  58. Okey is thes true, u2 new single september, and the album november or november 2005 im confused cause we where told last year u2 albume would be out in decmeber 2003 there always a major slow down in thes record one min its out in 3 months then u here 7 months i bet before its all said in done thes album well see a 2006 release for 10 fucken songs pathlic

  59. kelly you seem like a very frustrated person and a real joy to be around. I always crack up at the folks who get so upset about the delay in a U2 album or about Bono globetrotting around and not working on the album. Bono has always said that it is “ridiculous” that a rock star has to be the one leading the fight against Aids and poverty in Africa. At least Bono does something good with his celebrity. Yeah it sucks that we are not reading about Bono, being a child-molestor (MJ), commiting suicide (Kurt), strung out on drugs (too many to name). What he is doing is so extraordinary and yet so boring. So for everyone dogging Bono just go away forget about U2. This way you do not have to get so bent out of shape about the delay of an album or Bono making a speech…it boils down to get a life you losers.

  60. kelly you seem like a very frustrated person and a real joy to be around. I always crack up at the folks who get so upset about the delay in a U2 album or about Bono globetrotting around and not working on the album. Bono has always said that it is “ridiculous” that a rock star has to be the one leading the fight against Aids and poverty in Africa. At least Bono does something good with his celebrity. Yeah it sucks that we are not reading about Bono, being a child-molestor (MJ), commiting suicide (Kurt), strung out on drugs (too many to name). What he is doing is so extraordinary and yet so boring. So for everyone dogging Bono just go away forget about U2. This way you do not have to get so bent out of shape about the delay of an album or Bono making a speech…it boils down to get a life you losers.

  61. My dear fellow sheep,

    See what happens when you get hooked on rumor mongering? I’m also hearing that there’s a good chance that Our Favorite Limousine Liberal, the lead singer of, I guess, Ewe 2, might also have his commencement address at U of Penn broadcast on Monday — who knows anymore, but better safe than sorry, so keep an eye on the skeds at http://www.cspan.org

    Also, have any of you seen this?

    http://forum.atu2.com/forum.src?Action=Posts&Subject=971&Topic=15&SubjStart=

    Someone who thinks U2 couldn’t rival Randy Travis for drawing a crowd at his church gets to hear new songs in the studio with the band? The Lord works in mysterious ways!

    WebMD also has some great pages that help people understand those suffering from extreme mental illness.

    Have a great weekend; baa baa for now!

  62. My dear fellow sheep,

    See what happens when you get hooked on rumor mongering? I’m also hearing that there’s a good chance that Our Favorite Limousine Liberal, the lead singer of, I guess, Ewe 2, might also have his commencement address at U of Penn broadcast on Monday — who knows anymore, but better safe than sorry, so keep an eye on the skeds at http://www.cspan.org

    Also, have any of you seen this?

    http://forum.atu2.com/forum.src?Action=Posts&Subject=971&Topic=15&SubjStart=

    Someone who thinks U2 couldn’t rival Randy Travis for drawing a crowd at his church gets to hear new songs in the studio with the band? The Lord works in mysterious ways!

    WebMD also has some great pages that help people understand those suffering from extreme mental illness.

    Have a great weekend; baa baa for now!

  63. I am frustrated!! Here you have a guy who is constantly praising people who are essentially crooks. How many times have I seen Bono talking about how great Mandela is. Anyone who does the slightest bit of research into the guy knows ever since he has become president of S. Africa the place has gone down the drain. People getting killed, his wife ordering murders,…

    Then there is Koffi Annan who I have already pointing out is corrupt.

    I have always started investigating people Bono promotes ever since I saw him promoting Alan Ginsberg. Well I went and investigated this guy and he was a self admited pedophile!!!

    I don’t think Bono knew thois or endorsed it but damn the guy is constantly promoting/praising people who should be in jail. All because he is too stupid to realize these people just use him and he is too stupid to know he promotes people who really don’t deserve it

  64. I am frustrated!! Here you have a guy who is constantly praising people who are essentially crooks. How many times have I seen Bono talking about how great Mandela is. Anyone who does the slightest bit of research into the guy knows ever since he has become president of S. Africa the place has gone down the drain. People getting killed, his wife ordering murders,…

    Then there is Koffi Annan who I have already pointing out is corrupt.

    I have always started investigating people Bono promotes ever since I saw him promoting Alan Ginsberg. Well I went and investigated this guy and he was a self admited pedophile!!!

    I don’t think Bono knew thois or endorsed it but damn the guy is constantly promoting/praising people who should be in jail. All because he is too stupid to realize these people just use him and he is too stupid to know he promotes people who really don’t deserve it

  65. I would love to see stupid Bono eat you up in a debate Kelly…I’m sure his *stupidity* outweighs your ignorance. Kell>>What have you done for the world lately? If he is manipulating crooked people for the betterment of our world…I’m all for it!

  66. I would love to see stupid Bono eat you up in a debate Kelly…I’m sure his *stupidity* outweighs your ignorance. Kell>>What have you done for the world lately? If he is manipulating crooked people for the betterment of our world…I’m all for it!

  67. It is possible to admire aspects of other’s lives even if they have parts that you don’t like. Also, it seems more positive to concentrate on the ways that a person is good rather than discard them for their bad habits.

  68. It is possible to admire aspects of other’s lives even if they have parts that you don’t like. Also, it seems more positive to concentrate on the ways that a person is good rather than discard them for their bad habits.

  69. Fan since ’80

    Oh yeah Bono would surely eat me up in a debate. NOT!!!

    Well Bono come on this board and debate me!!!

    Name one talk show Bono has been on where he debated someone over his issues?
    You CAN’T!!!!!

    He only goes on fluff like Oprah where they will kiss his ass.

    Come on produce one article where it shows Mr. Philanthropist has donated a significant amount of money to any of his causes. I’ll bet you cannot. And when I say significant I mean at least over $200,000

  70. Fan since ’80

    Oh yeah Bono would surely eat me up in a debate. NOT!!!

    Well Bono come on this board and debate me!!!

    Name one talk show Bono has been on where he debated someone over his issues?
    You CAN’T!!!!!

    He only goes on fluff like Oprah where they will kiss his ass.

    Come on produce one article where it shows Mr. Philanthropist has donated a significant amount of money to any of his causes. I’ll bet you cannot. And when I say significant I mean at least over $200,000

  71. Megan,
    That is the dumbest response I have ever heard. Ok by your reasoning, I should admire Osama Bin Laden for his great help to people of the third world for his inspirational speeches to those people.

    I should also be praising Hitler for his remarkable ability to mobilize people for his causes?

    Your a moron!!!

  72. Megan,
    That is the dumbest response I have ever heard. Ok by your reasoning, I should admire Osama Bin Laden for his great help to people of the third world for his inspirational speeches to those people.

    I should also be praising Hitler for his remarkable ability to mobilize people for his causes?

    Your a moron!!!

  73. Kelly (and everyone else) — the tone of debate here needs to shape up, fast, or we’re closing this thread. No more name-calling. (And no invoking of Godwin’s Law, please.)

    It might help if you backed up your assertions about the UN and Nelson Mandela with some credible sources, Kelly. If you’re referring to the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal as being “corrupt,” you may want to keep in mind that the people investigating it — Ahmed Chalabi et al. — are even MORE suspect…

  74. Kelly (and everyone else) — the tone of debate here needs to shape up, fast, or we’re closing this thread. No more name-calling. (And no invoking of Godwin’s Law, please.)

    It might help if you backed up your assertions about the UN and Nelson Mandela with some credible sources, Kelly. If you’re referring to the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal as being “corrupt,” you may want to keep in mind that the people investigating it — Ahmed Chalabi et al. — are even MORE suspect…

  75. Chris,

    Speaking about facts why don’t you get your facts straight! Chalabi is not investigating the UN it is being investigated by Paul Volcker,the former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman.

    You can’t even get that right and you claim I can;t get my facts straight? anyone can go do a web search and see I speak the truth and your a liar!

  76. Chris,

    Speaking about facts why don’t you get your facts straight! Chalabi is not investigating the UN it is being investigated by Paul Volcker,the former U.S. Federal Reserve chairman.

    You can’t even get that right and you claim I can;t get my facts straight? anyone can go do a web search and see I speak the truth and your a liar!

  77. No need to close the thread just the *one* doing the name calling, please rid us of Kelly! Kelly, for your sake I wish their was grammar check. If you are to call someone a moron or a liar, it’s important not to promote that you may be the leader of the moron union!
    It would be *you’re a liar* not your.

  78. No need to close the thread just the *one* doing the name calling, please rid us of Kelly! Kelly, for your sake I wish their was grammar check. If you are to call someone a moron or a liar, it’s important not to promote that you may be the leader of the moron union!
    It would be *you’re a liar* not your.

  79. Fan,

    How long did it take for you to figure that out. You must have spent a good 10 minutes scanning my text to find that. Sorry but I don’t spend my time spell checking when I post to this insignificant log. I can out smart you any day of the week. Just look at your responsed to my questions. The best you can come up with to dispute me is a simple typo? You are a pathetic. By the way, you can’t block me off this site. They have already tried many times. I just get a new IP address everytime:-) It sad that people on this log are so brainwashed a little criticism of Bono makes them scramble to block me. I thought Bono was for free speech. Oh yeah, that is liberal free speech. When not the type of speech they want to hear it is time censor. Hypocrites!

  80. Fan,

    How long did it take for you to figure that out. You must have spent a good 10 minutes scanning my text to find that. Sorry but I don’t spend my time spell checking when I post to this insignificant log. I can out smart you any day of the week. Just look at your responsed to my questions. The best you can come up with to dispute me is a simple typo? You are a pathetic. By the way, you can’t block me off this site. They have already tried many times. I just get a new IP address everytime:-) It sad that people on this log are so brainwashed a little criticism of Bono makes them scramble to block me. I thought Bono was for free speech. Oh yeah, that is liberal free speech. When not the type of speech they want to hear it is time censor. Hypocrites!

  81. Attention U2 loggers, this is Kelly’s life…
    ‘By the way, you can’t block me off this site. They have already tried many times. I just get a new IP address everytime:-)’
    ( funny she should put a smiley after her post, probably the only smile in her sad life! )
    That is the kind of person we want on our fan site.
    Please ALL of us, do not respond to the troll of trolls, the loser of losers, and most likely the bitch of bitches!

  82. Attention U2 loggers, this is Kelly’s life…
    ‘By the way, you can’t block me off this site. They have already tried many times. I just get a new IP address everytime:-)’
    ( funny she should put a smiley after her post, probably the only smile in her sad life! )
    That is the kind of person we want on our fan site.
    Please ALL of us, do not respond to the troll of trolls, the loser of losers, and most likely the bitch of bitches!

  83. People, there’s a donation button on the right hand side of the page. We are looking to upgrade our software now that the new Movable Type package is available, so we can implement moderated comments and/or registration. In the meantime, ignore whoever’s yanking your chain.

    Thank you for your patience.

  84. People, there’s a donation button on the right hand side of the page. We are looking to upgrade our software now that the new Movable Type package is available, so we can implement moderated comments and/or registration. In the meantime, ignore whoever’s yanking your chain.

    Thank you for your patience.

  85. Yes go ahead block anyone who does not
    support your God Bono 100%. I’m so happy you are showing everyone who reads this site what a bunch of fascists run this site. I am sure Bono the voice of free speech would be so happy with you blocking anyone who does not bow down to his political views!

    Also thanks Fan you again show you can’t match me intellectually by having any counterpoints to my arguments but have to take the easy way out and try to offend me by using the B-word. You are a real mental midget.

  86. Yes go ahead block anyone who does not
    support your God Bono 100%. I’m so happy you are showing everyone who reads this site what a bunch of fascists run this site. I am sure Bono the voice of free speech would be so happy with you blocking anyone who does not bow down to his political views!

    Also thanks Fan you again show you can’t match me intellectually by having any counterpoints to my arguments but have to take the easy way out and try to offend me by using the B-word. You are a real mental midget.

  87. You have freedom of speech. However, you do not have freedom of distribution. On our website, on our time and our money, WE decide what is published and what isn’t. Since you take pleasure in disrupting our community, you are not welcome here. Feel free to invest in your own little corner of the web so you can excercise your freedom of speech there.

  88. You have freedom of speech. However, you do not have freedom of distribution. On our website, on our time and our money, WE decide what is published and what isn’t. Since you take pleasure in disrupting our community, you are not welcome here. Feel free to invest in your own little corner of the web so you can excercise your freedom of speech there.

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