There’s a Parks and Recreation episode where Ron Swanson is named Pawnee, Indiana’s “Woman of the Year,” even though Leslie Knope has helmed every single one of his accomplished projects. It’s a funny episode, because the TV show is a comedy, and it intentionally puts its characters in preposterous situations.
Well, we must all be living in a sitcom right now, because Bono has just been named Glamour‘s “Woman of the Year.”
He was honored in a list which also includes Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement; Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund; Nadia Murad, an anti-Isis campaigner; fashion designer Miuccia Prada; plus-size model Ashley Graham; and the Stanford sexual assault case survivor who spoke at Brock Turner’s trial, and who is only known to the media as Emily Doe.
Because, apparently, Bono has done just as much for women around the world as this list of incredible females, I guess? He definitely massaged Amy Poehler’s shoulders that one time.
Bono said that even though he was “sure he didn’t deserve it,” it was important to him to fight for gender equality, and that the battle couldn’t be won “unless men lead it along with women.” He said that men are “largely responsible for the problem, so we have to be involved in the solutions”.
Yes, ladies. Only Bono is competent enough to solve gender inequality and sexism. You can’t do it by yourselves, because then nothing would get done!
Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive says that the magazine had considered including a man in its Women of the Year list for several years, but always ended up ruling out the possibility. This year, however, she says that it occurred to the staff that “that might be an outdated way of looking at things”.
“There are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days. Some men get it and Bono is one of those guys,” she continued, defending the controversial decision.”The idea that a man who could select any cause in the world to call his own, or no cause at all, is choosing to work, and not just for one night or at a special event, but consistently day after day and month after month on behalf of women, is incredibly cool and absolutely deserves applause.”
Yeah, guys! And someone needs to take a moment to just give Bono some props for all of his hard years of work! After all, he has literally never received any other award, and is in desperate need of accolades to fill his bookshelf!
I mean sure, he was awarded the Pablo Neruda International Presidential Medal of Honour from the Government of Chile in 2004, but that’s just like, one award!
Oh, wait … he was also named Time‘s Person of the Year in 2005? Oh, and that same year he received the Portuguese Order of Liberty?
You mean, in addition to this *highly-deserved* Glamour award, Bono has also been named in the UK’s New Years Honours List as an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, received the NAACP Image Award’s Chairman’s Award, been awarded The Philadelphia Liberty Medal, and given the annual Man of Peace prize?
Wow! It’s like his philanthropic efforts have already been well-documented and rewarded! Perhaps there are *gasp* OTHER people worthy of such an award??
Twitter seemed to have a similar sentiment:
Perhaps this is a great time for us (I’m including you, Glamour) to all take a step back and review what it means to have a “Woman of the Year” award in the first place. Does it mean that we simply award any human who has benefitted women in the past year? Or does it mean that we endeavor to honor women exclusively — women who would not have received national recognition otherwise, and who are not members of a famous rock band?
I’m really not sure. Perhaps I’ll go ask Bono to explain it to me.
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