'Bono isn't even a contender for Bono Of The Year.'
Yesterday Glamour magazine announced the honourees on its annual Women Of The Year list. Among the familiar faces – Simone Biles, Melinda Gates, Zendaya, Miuccia Prada – was one unexpected addition: Bono.
While there’s no denying Bono has done incredible work for women’s rights and global poverty as part of the ONE Campaign, his inclusion on the list came as a surprise to some because, well… he’s not a woman.
“For years our Women of the Year Advisory Board has put the kibosh on naming a Man of the Year on the grounds that men aren’t exactly hurting for awards in this world… But these days most women want men — no, need men — in our tribe,” Glamour’s editors wrote in the intro to the 2016 list.
Unsurprisingly, Irish Twitter has had a field day with the news. After all, it’s Bono. IT’S BONO. The man who sparked this oh-so Irish graffiti:
It’s ok to be a U2 fan, admire their achievements and find “Bono is a pox” graffiti funny. That conflict…Irishness! pic.twitter.com/twjr8FryGq
— Barry (@nouvation) September 13, 2014
First a pox, now Woman Of The Year. A man of extremes, but we love him all the same.
Here are some of the most Irish reactions we’ve seen on social media so far…
1. This inspiring point
It’s so important that our daughters understand they can grow up to be Bono
— Oireachtas Retort (@Oireachtas_RX) November 1, 2016
2. This, from someone attempting to explain the intricacies of Ireland’s relationship with Mr. Hewson.
Telling a French guy about how loads of people slag off Bono here. He couldn’t understand why. I then had to explain Irish begrudgery.
— Sue Kirk (@SueKirk) November 1, 2016
3. This valid argument
Bono isn’t even a contender for Bono Of The Year
— CHRISTS BLOOD (@LamStock) November 1, 2016
4. This dig at 2016 in all its weirdness
Bob Dylan wins the Nobel prize for authors, Bono nabs a Woman of the Year award & Trump is still running for President.
2016 is on drugs
— Nadine O’Regan (@NadineORegan) November 2, 2016
5. This solid defence of Bono’s previous wins
All so shocked re Bono, but yet nobody batted an eyelid when he scooped both Best Tibetan Terrier AND Best Giant Schnauzer at Crufts?
— Elaine (@LeanIago) November 2, 2016
6. This harsh but probably true point
I’m not saying Bono is literally the devil, but, I bet he leaves the keytones on, on his phone
— Andy Starsdust (@ImACultHero) November 2, 2016
7. Yup, us too.
When you go to bed and 2016 seems mad but manageable, then wake up to find out Bono’s been named Woman of the Year. pic.twitter.com/aQQ28M1K3V
— Muireann O’Connell (@MuireannO_C) November 2, 2016
8. This dream from one of Bono’s fellow women
Wish I could be half the woman Bono is
— Mutant Queen (@edelmariebrady) November 1, 2016
9. This tribute to a strong, confident woman
It’s great that a strong confident woman like Bono can break through the glass ceiling and shatter the patriarchy. #womanoftheyear
— Rob Wiles (@WilesWilesr) November 2, 2016
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