Bono: Pop Culture Studies 101

Irish rock star, Bono, lead singer of the band U2, delivered a funny and inspiring speech at Georgetown University on November 13, 2012. Aside from a great Bill Clinton impersonation and drawing comparisons between the punk rock band The Clash and the Arab Spring, he discussed the importance of advocacy on several fronts: AIDS, poverty, and new development models for Africa based on commerce. With such zingers as “Don’t let this economic recession become a moral recession. That would be double cruelty,” and “Haven’t you had enough of those attack ads? […] Now an attack ad on malaria, that’s something I could get behind,” Bono made a case for lobbying American political leadership, getting involved with ONE and (RED), and developing socially conscious businesses as ways of eradicating poverty and disease. Check it out:

 

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