Bono U2 Speech: What is Your Big Ideia?

Avatar English Speeches | November 8, 2019

Watch this famous Bono Vox Speech. Bono, U2’s lead singer, offers graduates humor, urges Class of 2004 to address social justice issues. For years, the rocker has championed human rights issues such as the AIDS crisis and global debt. Bono co-founded the organization Debt AIDS Trade Africa in 2002, together with activists from the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign. DATA’s main objective is to raise public awareness and action in the United States and other wealthy nations against AIDS and poverty in Africa. Enjoy our Speeches with big English subtitles and keep your English learning journey.


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We can’t fix all problems but we must fix the ones we can.” Bono Vox

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“My name is Bono and I am a rock star. Don’t get me too excited because I use four letter words when I get excited. I’m that guy. I’d just like to say to the parents, your children are safe, your country is safe, the FCC has taught me a lesson and the only four letter word I’m going to use today is P-E-N-N. Come to think of it ‘Bono’ is a four-letter word. The whole business of obscenity, I don’t think there’s anything certainly more unseemly than the sight of a rock star in academic robes. It’s a bit like when people put their King Charles spaniels in little tartan sweats and hats. It’s not natural, and it doesn’t make the dog any smarter.

It’s true we were here before with U2 and I would like to thank them for giving me a great life, as well as you. I’ve got a great rock and roll band that normally stand in the back when I’m talking to thousands of people in a football stadium and they were here with me, I think it was seven years ago. Actually then I was with some other sartorial problems. I was wearing a mirror-ball suit at the time and I emerged from a forty-foot high revolving lemon. It was sort of a cross between a space ship, a disco and a plastic fruit.
I guess it was at that point when your Trustees decided to give me their highest honor. Doctor of Laws, wow! I know it’s an honor, and it really is an honor, but are you sure? Doctor of Law, all I can think about is the laws I’ve broken. Laws of nature, laws of physics, laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and on a memorable night in the late seventies, I think it was Newton’s law of motion…sickness. No, it’s true, my resume reads like a rap sheet. I have to come clean; I’ve broken a lot of laws, and the ones I haven’t I’ve certainly thought about. I have sinned in thought, word, and deed. God forgive me. Actually God forgave me, but why would you? I’m here getting a doctorate, getting respectable, getting in the good graces of the powers that be, I hope it sends you students a powerful message: crime does pay.

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