Bono at Senate

Bono, lead singer of U2, made headlines after an appearance at the U.S. Senate, where he gave a rather unorthodox suggestion on fighting the ISIS attacks and the plight of the Middle East refugees. As the following quote entails, “So I am suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen, thank you.” You can watch the video of him at the Senate below:

For her part, Amy Schumer has given the following response on social media:

I am not entirely sure what to gather from such a simple response, but this joke has seeminly taken away the attention Bono intended for his modern-day "Marshall Plan" for the Middle East.


What did Bono mean with Schumer joke?

When I first heard about this, I really wanted to take another look at our culture and ask, why do we give entertainer’s such influence over politics? For a while, I was confused on why he even appeared at the Senate in the first place. But, on further reflection, Bono’s joke had a bigger point other than name-dropping various comedians. The joke was a reflection on a larger part of Bono’s plan to help the Middle East. According to Bono, part of the issue is that, globally, many do not seem to realize the gravity of the situation.

One of the bigger misconceptions is that people seem to believe that this will be a temporary issue, specifically the plight of the refugees. What this seems to ignore is that various generations have endured these camps so far.

More importantly, on something Bono’s joke shines light on, it feels that the plight of the refugees is being treated like a burden, and that the people in this position are still people who are part of the human equation. Added to that, they were once a more clear part of said equation.


They all have things to contribute to the countries they are being hosted in, and deserve both respect and a chance to prove themselves.

What do comedians have to do with this? It’s complicated, but we need an aspect of culture, to keep us human, and remind us of the humanity of each other. Maybe that joke was a little unorthodox, but it means that things are not always as they seem.

I think it would be appropriate to end with the following quote from Bono, “I went as an activist and as a European.

Because Europeans have come to realize — quite painfully in the past year or two — that the mass exodus from collapsed countries like Syria is not just a Middle Eastern or African problem, it’s a European problem. It’s an American one, too. It affects us all.”