…even extraordinarily wasteful smug self-righteousness.
- Fueling your private jet with pure hypocricy (The Munchkin Wrangler)
Before you click — who do you think Marko’s ranting about? My first guess was Al Gore. Turns out I’m wrong!
Bono’s charity, ONE, is the poster child for feel-good limousine liberal activism. In 2008, they took in $14 million in donations, and disbursed a mere $184,000 (or 1%) to charities. A whopping $8 million (or 57%) of those donations went to executive and employee salaries. Meanwhile, ONE spends a bunch of cash sending expensive schwag to New York newsrooms to make them help convince the government to cough up $6 billion of taxpayer cash to fight AIDS and tuberculosis in Africa.
Bono. Of course.
Don’t get me wrong — I like the idea of fighting AIDS and tuberculosis in “Africa” (’cause to smug rich Irishmen, “Africa” is one homogeneous abstract whole, I guess). Of all the things Those Fuckers Out East can do with my taxes, buying condoms and sewer systems for “African” neighbourhoods is one of my favourites. But, y’know… this is to charity what superhero comics are to sex. You get a half-assed depiction of a tight costume and ink all over your fingers. Congratulations, fuckers: you get a little shot of irrelevant smugness and Bono gets a new pair of sunglasses.
But he’s not buying new shades for himself. He’s buying new shades to lobby the media, and that makes it okay.