Rock band U2, and especially lead singer Bono, are pretty damn political. Bono's longtime philanthropy and activism have made him an honorary knight in the United Kingdom, a Commandeur of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of Arts and Letters), and one of Time Magazine's 2005 Persons of the Year. But it's his not-so-subtle Sunday night Grammys performance that's drawing attention right now.
The video that aired before the live singing began featured shots of the Statue of Liberty with a child's voice reading part of the famous Emma Lazarus poem engraved on a plaque on the statue's pedestal:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
Then, midway through the song, Bono yelled into a bullhorn:
Blessed are the shithole countries, for they gave us the American dream.
This was, of course, in reference to President Trump's remarks about immigration and not understanding why we let in so many people from "shithole countries."
Check out the performance:
People were really feeling this one:
U2 never disappoints! I love that backdrop w/all of the eyes, which are the windows of the soul of this great nation! Eyes belonging to people of every race, nationality, creed, and economic background. They represent the TRUE United States! Bravo, U2!— Catherine Lucente (@catlucente) January 29, 2018
Unreal show, congrats to all, so moving!!!! Great music and show!!!— Valerie Notte (@nottevalerie) January 29, 2018
But others felt that politics and art shouldn't mix:
Nothing like being told about the greatness of America by a bunch of Irishman lol— Anant Mishra (@themagicmishra) January 29, 2018
Though Jeff couldn't resist pointing out the irony of the above tweet:
And others got some PTSD from the performance:
remember when itunes randomly automatically downloaded u2's music to everyone's phone and there was no way to get rid of that shit?— kierrah (@kierrahjeffrey) January 29, 2018
I still don't like U2 after they magically had their music downloaded to my phone— Kristen Vandenberghe (@k_vandenberghe) January 29, 2018
rly have never felt as violated as when U2 got their album downloaded onto my phone— clementine (@tangerineflakes) January 29, 2018
honestly i'll never trust U2 again after they forcibly downloaded their mediocre album onto my phone— emily ❁ brooke (@emilydhoble) January 29, 2018
ill never forgive the world for when they automatically downloaded u2’s album to my phone— jules (@3amshadows) January 29, 2018