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(RED) explains away Bono's 'criticism' of Apple as 'faux outrage,' thanks company for support

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After singer Bono supposedly criticized Apple of overt modesty on Monday, the U2 frontman's (RED) AIDS relief foundation issued an explanation of the comments and thanked the Cupertino company for being its biggest supporter.




In a blog post on Wednesday, (RED) clarified that Bono was merely expressing "faux outrage" at Apple for its unwillingness to take credit for millions of dollars' worth of donations made through the (Product)RED program, saying the comments were made in jest.

During an interview at the Cannes Lions festival, Bono called Apple "annoyingly quiet" about its philanthropic efforts, which has so far raised $75 million for the (RED) Global Fund. The singer was on hand to receive the annual Cannes LionHeart Award for his contributions to the fight against AIDS.

"This is modesty run amok," Bono said at the time. "This is the Apple way. They're like a religious cult."

From (RED)'s statement:

Bono has been one of Apple's biggest supporters, pushing back publicly on those who have made negative assumptions about the company's charitable work, simply because they don't shout it from the rooftops. That modesty is their right, and in many ways admirable.



Bono's comments were made in the presence of longtime friend and Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive, who characterized his company's partnership with (RED) as "really, really special to us."

The blog post went on to thank Apple, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook and Ive for "the game-changing impact they have made for (RED) and the fight against this disease."
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Time to fire Bono.

 

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Time to fire Bono.

 

 

Faux outrage sounds exactly like what I heard. The reports to the contrary were people just trying to make a story where there was none. That and they don't understand British humor in the slightest. They need to watch some more Monty Python. 

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Of course it was faux outrage. The audience laughed at Bono's comments. So did Jony Ive. People need to not take everything so seriously.
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'tis sad when the tech media is so desperate for outrage, they take to manufacturing it, no?
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Faux outrage sounds exactly like what I heard. The reports to the contrary were people just trying to make a story where there was none. That and they don't understand British humor in the slightest. They need to watch some more Monty Python. 

 

Bono is Irish.

 

Be careful about calling an Irish person British. It can sometimes backfire spectacularly... sometimes onto your nose :p

post #7 of 27

... And see some headlines that says "Bono says Apple is a Religious Cult"

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Faux outrage sounds exactly like what I heard. The reports to the contrary were people just trying to make a story where there was none. That and they don't understand British humor in the slightest. They need to watch some more Monty Python. 

 

Tell me who you see in that photo.

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Tell me who you see in that photo.

Is it Splash News Abc?
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Bono is Irish.

Be careful about calling an Irish person British. It can sometimes backfire spectacularly... sometimes onto your nose 1tongue.gif

Calling Irish people violent can also backfire.

And Irish and British humour are similar.
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Is it Splash News Abc?

 

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Is it jean luc Picard?
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post #13 of 27
This whole story is such crap. It's about as bad as tabloid writing. C'mon, AI.
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Time to fire Bono.

 

Faux outrage sounds exactly like what I heard. The reports to the contrary were people just trying to make a story where there was none. That and they don't understand British humor in the slightest. They need to watch some more Monty Python. 

 

Exactly right. He really was totally misunderstood. (though I can see how he was) He left off the "sarc" tag.

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Apple doing Red for the right reasons
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Time to fire Bonobo.

"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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"Apple should pull the plug on the iPhone."

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post #17 of 27
Well written press release to put out the fire, you gotta give em that.
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Just watch the video.

Anybody can't tell he's joking around is an idiot.

 

Whether or not it's  good  joking around may be another matter.

(He's actually just being very "Irish".)

post #19 of 27
Exactly what a few of us said the other day on AI when the usual suspects were outraged at Bono.
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post #20 of 27
Definitely a non-issue. However, Bono is an annoying douchebag in any case.
post #21 of 27
Did Bono not say he would make poverty history? In that case Bono, stop attacking companies that help your cause!
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Calling Irish people violent can also backfire.

And Irish and British humour are similar.

 

I have mixed heritage of both. Also, you appear to have failed to notice the humour inherent in my post. I even ended it with an emoticon just so you'd know. Also I even managed to qualify the joke with a 'sometimes'. But then you seem to be revelling in the opportunity to take offence and you clearly don't understand the rivalries between Irish and English culture, sometimes friendly, sometimes not, depending on which people you talk to. But I'll save the history lesson, since IT WAS A JOKE!

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I have mixed heritage of both. Also, you appear to have failed to notice the humour inherent in my post. I even ended it with an emoticon just so you'd know. Also I even managed to qualify the joke with a 'sometimes'. But then you seem to be revelling in the opportunity to take offence and you clearly don't understand the rivalries between Irish and English culture, sometimes friendly, sometimes not, depending on which people you talk to. But I'll save the history lesson, since IT WAS A JOKE!

Don't need a history lesson as I am from Ireland. Thanks. Yeah I know it was a joke and I wasn't too serious in my response either. In an Internet first let's leave it at that. :-)
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post #24 of 27
Sorry Bono, your remarks have already been put down in the records and your tax evasion strategies are on public view. You appear to be a self serving egotist who has created a 'charity' that does nothing except serve to promote you in the public eye.
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Bono demands sacrifices of others that he refuses to make himself.

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post #26 of 27

Bono is a troll, it's that simple.  Anyone else who might make a first post here saying "I'm a long time Apple supporter, but... a religious cult" is instantly recognized and branded thusly.

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Boner should keep it zipped!
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