Recently, Bono of U2 fame, was interviewed and said the following:
With respect to the backlash resulting from Apple making U2’s new album Songs of Innocenceavailable for free to iTunes users, Bono was quick to brush off any criticism.
The same people who used to write on toilet walls when we were kids are now in the blogosphere. The blogosphere is enough to put you off of democracy [laughs]. But no, let people have their say. Why not? They’re the haters, we’re the lovers, we’re never going to agree.
Bono explained that the entire point of the promotion was to get the album heard by as many people as possible and that it was mission accomplished. The album has already been downloaded by 77 million users and the band’s Singles album is now in the top 10 of 14 different countries, all thanks to the Apple deal.
In it’s day I liked U2 and attended their concerts, but there is nothing new, nothing revolutionary coming out of them any more. The old new song is just old. It is why I had no interest in the album, I’ve moved on and U2 can’t seem to grasp that a lot of other people have, too. This album release was nothing more then a misguided advertising campaign to say “Hey, look at me, I’m still relevant” and it blew up in Bono’s face and he called people “haters”.
There is one other thing – freedom of choice – where people have the right to choose without being called “haters”. Just because an artist creates something doesn’t make it good. It is the patrons of that art that get to decide and give it value through praise, appreciation and purchase
Perhaps Bono is right . . . . if something isn’t worth liking – like the new album – then the people are haters. But that’s on Bono. When you give something away for free, the creator has no right to be critical, it’s only worth what you pay for it. So rather then Bono being a hater – and a hypocrite – go back into the studio and do something that has value, meaning and that people will buy. Putting up money (value) gives value and meaning and a proper rating rather then an artificial, inflated rating on the charts.
While I think Apple was trying to do something nice, Apple proved they are as out of touch as Bono is. U2 is an antiquated band trying to catch one more wave before they fade into obscurity. Bono has done a lot of charity work and gotten out front for those causes. He is no coward. Perhaps it’s time he gets out front and apologizes for infringing on people’s privacy, right to choose and for his rudeness.
I had thought Bono understood independence and freedom of spirit. Now I don’t.