Friday, 22 February 2008

Is Bono Hypocritical?

I was browsing through Yahoo! Answers and found someone there who believes Bono is hypocritical for helping the poor because he has a net worth of $200 million. Since when it is hypocritical for a rich person to help a poor person? Why must only poor people help themselves?

There are many male feminists around. In fact, the first feminists were men just as the first ones who railed against slavery were white. Also, just about all of those who fight for animal rights are humans. Often those who need liberating do not have the power to liberate themselves. It takes those in power to help those who are vulnerable.

It is not unusual for rich people to help poor people. In fact, rich people, who have more money, are more capable of helping the poor since they are able to give up much more. Bono's wealth comes from his celebrity status, which draws a lot of attention. He uses this to help the poor by drawing attention to the problem of world poverty.

According to Google, a hypocrite is "a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives." If a man expressed a desire to liberate females, then his being male does not make this desire less genuine. Therefore, there is not necessarily any hypocrisy.

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