Bob Geldof has criticised millennials in the wake of last weekend’s attacks in Paris, telling the generation they are “already stained with blood.”
Speaking at the One Young World Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on November 18, The Boomtown Rats man talked about millennials role in the future, focusing heavily on atrocities he argues were committed by members of the age group.
“This generation, your generation, is already stained with blood,” he said. “Your age group are the killers of Syria. The people your age are murdering people in Beirut, Sharm el Sheikh. And most immediately in our minds right now, those people who went to a pop concert in Paris, who tried to watch a football match, who went out with their girlfriends or their parents for a drink or a coffee, those people were killed by people of your generation.”
Geldof adds “Belief will always triumph over reason because it can never be disproved,” before continuing:
“Us old men… We too listened to old men speak to us that we were the glowing future. It’s a cliche. You’re the present… We can’t do much anymore. We speak to you because we’re desperate for people to retract our failures. Stop with belief. Stop with emotion. The flags are cute, but nothing else.”
“What is required, of course, is tolerance. What is required of necessity is love and understanding. What is ultimately necessary to be understood is empathy. And you’re failing.”
The singer has long been a campaigner for human rights and offered to take refugees into his home as the Syrian crisis got underway.
He told Ireland’s RTE radio “I’m prepared – I’m lucky, I’ve a place in Kent and a flat in London – me and Jeanne would be prepared to take three families immediately in our place in Kent and a family in our flat in London, immediately, and put them up until such time as they can get going and get a purchase on their future.”
“If there’s a new economy then there needs to be a new politics and it’s a failure of that new politics that’s led to this disgrace, this absolute sickening disgrace,” he added.
Watch Geldof’s 12-minute speech from Bangkok in full, below: