'The Onion' pokes fun at Africa's poor
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In light of Time magazine's just-announced "Persons of the Year 2005," (Bono; Bill and Melinda Gates), I found this Onion story particularly amusing. (And yes, I appreciate Bono's humanitarian work, and agree that he's accomplished a lot this year -- but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy a little needling.)
"Rest of U2 Perfectly Fine with Africans Starving," the headline yells, before the article launches into gem after satirical gem:
Bassist Adam Clayton, while "not opposed" to Bono's tireless efforts to improve the quality of life for impoverished Third World citizens, is apparently too busy to spearhead an anti-poverty initiative of his own.
"I was happy to help out with the Live 8 thing," said Clayton..."But ever since I discovered rock 'n' roll in the mid-'70s, music has been my passion, and I'd be lying if I said it was something different, like helping people."...
Laura Barcella is AlterNet's front page editor.