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Bono Just Called Music Nowadays 'Girly,' And The Internet Isn't Happy


Bono received backlash from netizens after he called music nowadays as girly. The singer also commented that only hip-hop channels young male rage.

Bono caused quite a stir on social media following an interview about how he connects with his children over music. The 57-year-old musician explained how his kids helped him and his band U2 discover new music.

"Jordan is a music snob, an indie snob. Eve is hip-hop. Elijah is in a band, and he has got very strong feelings about music, but he doesn't make any distinction between, let's say, the Who and the Killers. Or, you know, Nirvana and Royal Blood, Bono said in an interview with Rolling Stone.

Bono added that his son Elijah believes that a rock and roll revolution is around the corner. At this statement, the interviewer then asked whether Bono believed that rock 'n' roll was headed toward a revolution.

"I think music has gotten very girly," Bono replied.

The musician also commented that nowadays only hip-hop music channels male angst and not rock 'n' roll. He said that it is the "only place for young male anger at the moment," which he believes is not good.

Bono then recalled his teenage years when he was full of anger and he channeled that anger through music. He pointed out that rock 'n' roll helped him overcome the anger he had when he was 16 years old. Bono said that in the end, rage is at the heart of rock 'n' roll.

The musician's comments stirred different reactions but mostly Twitter users are not happy. Some called his comments about music being girly as sexist and racist. Music correspondent Roisin O'Connor called his comments as "racist stereotyping."

A Twitter user named Ian Penman indirectly called Bono a "macho honker" and a "snotty critic." A couple of other users thought that maybe the musician feels neglected or forgotten and that is why he made those comments. They assumed that Bono just needs attention and wants people to talk about him again.

Meanwhile, another Twitter user pointed out that Bono is accurate in his comment that music nowadays is girly. However, the user clarified that the women artists conquered music in 2017.

Others thought that perhaps Bono should have used a different word other than "girly." After all, he is a women's rights advocate and a feminist, so his remark does not align with his belief.

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