Bono has been named as one of Glamour’s Women Of The Year for his charity work to fight gender inequality.
His latest campaign, ‘Poverty Is Sexist’ was held up by Glamour as evidence of his commitment to fighting the patriarchy. He won the ‘Man Of The Year’ award.
Other ‘Women Of The Year’ are four time Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, Nadia Murad, who was forced into and escaped sex slavery under the ISIS regime, the founders of the Black Lives Matter campaign, and actress and activist Zendaya.
The ‘With Or Without You’ singer has said he is “grateful for this award as a chance to say the battle for gender equality can’t be won unless men lead it along with women.” He adds, “I’m sure I don’t deserve it.”
However, some Twitter users are a bit confused.
So Bono is 'woman of the year' according to Glamour magazine. I'm confused. You too?
— Goose (@twiteringgoose) November 2, 2016
Wait what? Does Bono identify as a woman now? I'm confused lol https://t.co/gEbgAGJeYv
— moira rose (@tinnkky) November 2, 2016
No @tinnkky, Bono has not started identifying as a woman. They needed to honour someone for not being a sexist. It was integral that they identified as male.
There are few enough things rich, white, men need more of. Awards certainly isn't one of those things. 🙁 https://t.co/sYD8GBb0Pd
— Brian Nisbet (@natural20) November 2, 2016
It’s not as though there are a lot of women to choose from, after all.
Glamour naming Bono "Woman of the Year" is just another example of a man getting a job despite there being women more qualified to do it.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) November 2, 2016
Bono won "Woman of the Year" and Wonder Woman is a UN ambassador. If only there were real, live, human women to celebrate.
— Melissa Royle (@melissaroyle) November 2, 2016
Some users have also pointed out the similarity of the story to a fictional storyline in Parks and Recreation.
have the ppl at glamour who made bono woman of the year not seen the ep of parks & rec where ron swanson gets the female empowerment award??
— daisy (@mermatriarch) November 1, 2016
why did glamour blatantly rip off parks & rec by selecting a man to be woman of the year
— needy lesnicki (@veedagger) November 2, 2016
Some are suspecting foul play.
I reckon Bono just put himself in Glamour mag for Woman of the Year like he put himself in my fucking iTunes
— will (@killwillvol4) November 2, 2016
Or an elaborate hoax?
Or that the board made a mistake?
Sure, Glamour named Bono 'Woman of the Year' but in their defense, the Transitions lenses do make him look like a 75 yr old lady from Miami
— beth, a left leaning feed (@bourgeoisalien) November 2, 2016
Contrary to a lot of the speculation, Bono is not the first Glamour Woman Of The Year who has actually been very much a man.
Calvin Harris is a woman of the year apparently pic.twitter.com/C0PEFs6vRV
— Kirst-mas☃️???? (@smearedeyes) June 13, 2015
What do you think? Does Glamour need a man of the year at the Women Of The Year awards? Should Bono be the recipient? Leave your comments down below.