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 Post subject: Bono: Oh No!
PostPosted: 02 Oct 2010, 10:46 
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Bono, Bono, Bono... you worthless punt.

African Fair Trade goods made in China. ... -in-china/

As everyone knows, Bono’s second passion, after music, is saving the world — and making you feel like a complete douche if you’re not willing to donate all your hard-earned cash to do the same.

Amongst the U2 singer’s most recent humanitarian projects is an ethical/organic fashion label created with his wife, designer Ali Hewson. Bono and Hewson launched the label, Edun, in 2005 with the mission of helping encourage trade in Africa.

Then, last year — perhaps as a result of the poor economy, or perhaps as a result of the poor quality of their African-made goods — the couple sold 49 percent of the company to LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton).

Probably because Louis Vuitton prefers that their clothes adhere to certain fashion standards, ones not being met by Edun’s African manufactures, the company is now moving a portion of their business out of Africa — and into China.

Yup, that’s right folks: Bono’s holier-than-thou fashions are now Made In China.

Forgive me for quoting at length from the UK’s Daily Mail, but this is just too good:

He has set himself up as a champion of the poor and dispossessed in the developing world.

But U2 singer Bono has now raised eyebrows after he and his wife’s ethical fashion house moved production to an undisclosed location in China.

About 15 per cent of Edun’s clothes will be made in the Communist country after African orders proved to be of poor quality. [. . . .]

Factory owners in China are notorious for paying workers low wages and forcing them to work long hours in sweatshop conditions.

Bono and Mrs Hewson launched Edun in 2005 to ‘put our money where our mouths were’ to improve the lives of those in developing nations and make clothing manufacturing more sustainable. [. . . .]

According to U.S. reports, almost all the items at Edun’s New York Fashion Week show were made in China, not Africa.

But wait, if only 15 percent of Edun’s product is now made in China, surely the rest will still be made in Africa, right? Well, not so much, actually, reports the Wall Street Journal:

Together, African produced-products now account for 15% of the company’s sales. The vast majority of the fashion collection, accounting for about 70% of overall production, is now made in Asia, with the remainder coming from Peru. Ms. Hewson says the company’s goal is to produce more of its fashion line in Africa over time.

So, bottom line, for the time being there’s not much difference between a $100 Edun tank and a $10 one from Walmart — other than the price tag. . . and the sense of superiority you’ll get from wearing it. ... t-charity/

yah, and his charity? Not giving away much of their money... less than 2%, apparently.

Ah, how the mighty arrogant have fallen. First came the grumblings about tax dodging — Bono officially relocated U2′s music-publishing business from Ireland to the Netherlands in 2006 in order to avoid paying steeper Irish taxes on his songwriting royalties.

Then came the decision to move the production of his ethical African clothing label to China.

And now, as icing on the hypocritical cake, Bono’s prestigious ONE foundation has come under fire for spending its ample funds on lavish employee salaries and fancy schwag bags — instead of on the ground in Africa.

The New York Post reports:

Nothing says, “Wipe out AIDS and poverty” like Band-Aids and a black-and-white cookie.

That’s what Bono’s $15 million nonprofit the ONE Campaign — which gives only a pittance of proceeds to its hunger and health causes — bombarded New York newsrooms with last week to get press for its push for billions in African AIDS funding from President Obama.

The items were part of a pricey pile of puzzling loot, which also included a $15 bag of Starbucks coffee, a $15 Moleskine leather notebook, a $20 water bottle and a plastic ruler.

The stash came in four, oversized shoe boxes, delivered one at a time via expensive messenger. The boxes were timed to arrive for the UN “Summit on the Millennium Development Goals,” which kicks off in Manhattan today.

Money well spent? Probably not. But hey, it is getting him press coverage, right?
But how about paying his employees about $8 million to monitor the disbursement of the mere $185,000 the foundation donated to good causes in the past year:

ONE gives only a pittance in direct charitable support to its causes — something Borochoff said the average donor might not realize.

The Bono nonprofit took in $14,993,873 in public donations in 2008, the latest year for which tax records are available.

Of that, $184,732 was distributed to three charities, according to the IRS filing. [Ed. That's about 1.2 percent.]

Meanwhile, more than $8 million was spent on executive and employee salaries.

Now, as Kimberly Hunter, the spokesperson for DC-based ONE notes in the NYP piece:

ONE “does advocacy work, not charity work.”

And that’s all well and good, but it certainly doesn’t bill itself as such, at least not to the general public. Most people who donate to ONE most likely do so because they believe their money is going to support actual, on-the-ground work in Africa — not just lobbying activities. As Damian Thompson, Editor of the Telegraph Blogs points out:

There are two issues here. The first is that, thanks to the fashion for “advocacy”, the boundary between charity and lobbying has become almost invisible (as the Left-wing environmental stunts of the Catholic overseas aid charity Cafod remind us). “Advocates” claim to represent the most underprivileged people in the world, but often model themselves on some of the most overprivileged – ie, lobbyists for governments and corporations. They splash around money like water, whether on Moleskine leather notebooks for journalists or generous salaries for senior staff.

The second is that “celebs” – especially celebs who were at their artistic peak 25 years ago – are often a liability to the causes they espouse. And none is a greater liability than Bono, whose intergalactic strutting lends a comic air to the serious business of pulling Africa out of poverty.

Yes, there’s no doubt that the heart of Bono’s foundations is in the right place. But the money? That might be debatable.

H/T: Deceiver readers Jenn and Colleen

Bono, oh no, not you!

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