Saturday, July 7, 2007

I wanna sho-ooooo-oooot... the Earth day down

THE LEAST YOU NEED TO KNOW: Bob is still cool, even though he's a grump about Gore's concert.From
Sir Bob Geldof is ragging on Al Gore. The Irish musician, who organized the Live Aid and Live 8 multi-venue rock concerts for famine and debt relief—in 1985 and 2005, respectively—is apparently "furious" to be linked to Gore's Live Earth event, calling it a "waste of time."

"It sounds like Live 8. I'm getting lots of responses from people who think I am organizing it," raged Geldof to Holland's De Volkskrant.

"I would only organize Live Earth if I could go on stage and announce concrete environmental measures from the American presidential candidates, Congress or major corporations," he goes on to say. "They haven't got those guarantees, so it's just an enormous pop concert or the umpteenth time that, say, Madonna or Coldplay get up on stage."

"I hope they're a success. But why is Gore actually organizing them? To make us aware of the greenhouse effect? Everybody's known about that problem for years. We are all [expletive] conscious of global warming."

Geldof has since said his comments were "small" and not meant for the press, but that said it's obvious he's not into the concept. I think Geldof more than anyone would understand the need to pull out the stops to get attention directed at a cause. Unlike famine in Africa, global warming is still seen by many as a fraud, or at least exaggerated, and this perception is in no little way caused by a mass disinformation effort by corporations like ExxonMoble. Additionally, the African people in the region he has championed over the past 25 years would certainly get hit hard by any warming trend.


PS: I love Geldof, if only for Live Aid and I Don't Like Mondays, so don't take this the wrong way, but DAMN DUDE... get yourself some sun, some hair dye and a good plastic surgeon. Okay? Please. It's painful to look at you. At least take a multivitamin, for christ's sake. Even some fruit might help.

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