Bono’s Red Flop
I’ve finally found an article that has been willing to expose Bono’s naive adventurism in Africa (or maybe I should say that I was actively looking for an article that agreed with my conclusions about Bono and I was not trying to be objective about this conclusion)
Anyway, it appears like Bono’s red campaign to try and raise money for AIDS in Africa has become one big flop. In other words, it’s become like Bono himself – all pomp, no substance. The campaign has raised a paltry $18 million dollars. Those of you who might be reading this from Kenya should refrain from converting this amount into Kenyan shillings. This sum of $18 million is a paltry amount for a country like America, where billions and billions of dollars are spent on all kinds of flaky consumer goods.
What happened to Bono’s campaign? I think people have just grown sick of Africa’s never ending problems. News pictures of starving and dying Africans have lost their shock value because they’ve become so common. This is not 1985 Ethiopia, where scenes of mass starvation had never been seen before. Post 1985, you’ve had genocide in Rwanda, you’ve had civil wars in Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Congo, Sudan (north, south and west in Darfur), etc, etc. Then of course, after 9/11, the world’s focus switched to terrorism and the war in Iraq (people are more afraid about getting blown up than they are about looking at another starving African child)
A standard five pupil in Kariobangi would have been able to tell Bono what the real problem in Africa is, but Bono never bothered asking. He should stick to singing or if he really wants to help, do what Oprah did — build a school in a slum and give poor, smart kids scholarships so that they can go to school, learn a skill and hopefully get jobs and learn to fend for themselves.