I first read this in Pambie’s blog. It’s an old piece. It’s a Commencement Address by Bono, co-founder of DATA (Debt AIDS Trade Africa), and lead singer of U2, at the University of Pennsylvania, May 17, 2004. Our new graduates – and you who have chosen to forget what education is for – might want to check it out and get hammered in the head.
BECAUSE WE CAN, WE MUST
My name is Bono and I am a rock star. Don’t get me too excited because I use four letter words when I get excited. I’d just like to say to the parents, your children are safe, your country is safe, the FCC has taught me a lesson and the only four letter word I’m going to use today is P-E-N-N. Come to think of it ‘Bono’ is a four-letter word. The whole business of obscenity–I don’t think there’s anything certainly more unseemly than the sight of a rock star in academic robes. It’s a bit like when people put their King Charles spaniels in little tartan sweats and hats. It’s not natural, and it doesn’t make the dog any smarter.