People Are Totally Outraged By Bono's Latest Achievement
U2 frontman and human-rights advocate Bono has managed to make Glamour's yearly Women of the Year list, and the announcement hasn't gone down well. At all.
Bono is the first man ever to receive this distinction, that was designed specifically to highlight women.
The rock icon has been praised for his work with the 'Poverty Is Sexist' initiative - which helps vulnerable women in the world gain access to clean water, food and education.
“We’ve talked for years about whether to honor a man at Women of the Year and we’ve always kind of put the kibosh on it. You know, men get a lot of awards and aren’t exactly hurting in the celebration and honors department,” says Cindi Leive, Glamour’s editor-in-chief. “But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days. Some men get it and Bono is one of those guys.”
The announcement has caused confusion and outrage worldwide:
Really @glamourmag, you felt bad that your Women of the Year gongs weren't honouring men? What the hell? And then you choose Bono?— Georgina Turner (@intweed) November 1, 2016
@glamourmag Thank God, they are running out of awards to give men.— april 👻 7 days (@imatoofbrush) November 1, 2016
Does Glamour Magazine know giving Bono the "Woman of the year" award for trying to undo patriarchy undercuts the entire point of the award?— Travon Free (@Travon) November 1, 2016
Glamour Magazine has elected Bono onto their Woman of the Year list. I am livid.— Audrey Aparicio (@audrey_teapot) November 1, 2016
Bono told Glamour, “I’m sure I don’t deserve it,” and that when he learned that he was being honored by Glamour as the first-ever Man of the Year, he called his wife of 34 years, Ali Hewson, to give her the news. “I asked did she think I deserved it. She wasn’t sure,” Bono tells me with a laugh. “She said I’ve work to do!”
“The battle for gender equality can’t be won unless men lead it along with women,” Bono told Glamour. “We’re largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions.”