Monday, December 25, 2006

Paul Hewson, Knight Commander

U2's Paul Hewson (a little better known by his stage name, Bono) will be awarded an honorary knighthood by the Queen. As a non-Brit, Bono will be an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a title which sounds like it ought to have been conferred on Bill S. Preston, Esquire or Ted "Theodore" Logan instead.

Its sorta funny to me to see all these formerly-angry young men accept what I see as the biggest sell-out award ever. Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Bob Geldof, and now Bono have all gone as Establishment as is humanly possible. On the other hand, it's the least the Brits can do for a guy like Bono, who has contributed to the world of music and, MUCH more importantly, to some of the biggest social issues of the day.

Congratulations, Bono. Your new-found honor will, hopefully, open even more doors for your work. Now, all that's lacking is that silly little Nobel thing.

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