Bono asked to retire from public life

    According to a petition at the Point, Bono’s charity efforts are “self-righteous, ineffective, and counter-productive.” Ouch. So the people behind the petition are asking folk to donate a sum to encourage the U2 frontman to retire from public life. All money received by the Point will go to a global fund set up to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

    The main aim of their ire is actually the RED organization, which is alleged to have spent “$40 million more on marketing than it has raised from RED product sales.” Bono helped launch RED in 2006, declaring: "It is sexy to want to change the world, not to leave it as it is." The campaign to stop Bono from appearing in public, and presumably to prevent a follow up to U2’s How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb, has raised $390 so far. [NME]