I like U2.
Seriously I do. I think they’re a talented group and they’ve produced some amazing songs over the years.
I also appreciate their commitment to social justice and equal rights.
Your mileage may vary.
I swear I’m not hating. This new song Ordinary Love. I like it. It’s actually a cool track. But there is something seriously unsettling about the fact that the two last awards shows I was essentially forced to watch (F-U Golden Globes and Oscars I hate you both), I saw Nelson Mandela’s legacy (a freedom fighter who took arms to battle oppression) be reduced to essentially a feel-good Kumbaya song for white people and Mandela and for that matter Idris Elba’s portrayal be erased from the equation.
I’m not even blaming U2 for this. I have no reason to believe their intent and actions weren’t sincere but this reaction from society is par for the course when it comes to white supremacy and institutional oppression.