U2 accused of ‘poor taste’ for video based on sectarian violence in Northern Ireland

Shooting for the clip took place in Belfast this week

Belfast residents have criticised U2 for filming an upcoming music video in Belfast this week, labeling the move as both “disruptive” and in “poor taste”.

The band filmed scenes for the clip in the Northern Irish city on Wednesday (December 17) and Thursday (December 18), causing disruption for local residents.

As reported by the Belfast Telegraph, it is claimed that social workers were stopped from parking outside the home of an elderly couple by members of the crew, among other reports of the inconvenience caused.

Elsewhere, some commentators have hit out at the entire premise of the video, which reportedly a bomb attack on the city, evoking memories of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland.

One resident told the Belfast Telegraph: ” “U2 were apparently trying to stage something like a bomb that happened here in the Troubles and I couldn’t believe they would do that. They have done various plays and films about the Troubles anyway, and the Troubles did happen.” Others have accused the band of “cashing in” on the Northern Irish conflict, saying that the video would be in “poor taste”.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the production company behind the shoot issued a statement saying: “It has been taken out of all proportion. We have no further comment to make.”

Earlier this year U2 and Apple ‘gifted’ 500 million iTunes users with their new album in September. Following complaints over the unconventional release, Apple released a tool to allow its customers to remove ‘Songs Of Innocence’ from their devices with just one click.

U2 play the following tour dates in 2015:

London O2 Arena (October 25, 26, 29, 30)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (November 6, 7)

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