Your browser may block some cookies by default. By clicking, you agree to allow our advertising partners to place their cookies and serve you more relevant ads. To view our privacy policy or opt-out, click here.
U2-1517295998743.jpg
Source: Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

U2 Just Slammed Trump In Their Grammys Performance—But You Might Have Missed It

By Dana Levinson

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: