Conservatives are understandably fed up with the elitism of liberal celebrities in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. Even a more articulate call to protect the vulnerable like Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech included disdain for people who prefer football and MMA to the arts.
If you prefer to hear celebrities respond with humility, rather than with arrogance, U2 frontman Bono is a great example, as a Wednesday story in The Washington Examiner pointed out.
U2’s decided to delay its second album in the Innocence and Experience tour following Trump’s victory — a story many conservative outlets have reported — but this is not the equivalent of college students having their exams postponed or PTSD of the millennial variety.
The Washington Examiner story excerpts part of a recent interview with Bono about touring The Joshua Tree on its 30th anniversary this year that helps to place the delay of Songs of Experience in context:
“I opposed Trump while all the time understanding that many of the people who support him are the kind of people I grew up with, and can see myself in to this day. In my head at least the election result demanded I ask myself several questions:
Am I missing something here?
Am I out of touch with American values?
Am I out of touch with the American people?
It’s clear a giant constituency in the country felt ignored or patronized … they are fearful of the future, as are a growing number of Europeans. I understand and respect that, and I want to try and understand those fears better …”
U2’s decision to delay the release of the album comes from a desire to speak to what is happening in the world and an intention to reflect changes, not to blame or bash anyone.
Perhaps the most important sentence from the interview is this:
“I think a little humility might be important for me here.”
This is a lesson liberal elites and conservatives alike could stand to learn.