Glamour Named Bono One of Its ‘Women of the Year’, and Twitter Got Mad
Every year Glamour Magazine hosts the ‘Glamour Awards’ to honor inspirational women across a variety of fields, including entertainment, business, sports, music, medicine, education, and more. Though there are a number of categories with awards up for grabs, the most publicized is definitely ‘Woman of the Year.’ Over the years, women like Christina Aguilera, Victoria Beckham, and Lady Gaga have all been been honored with the title, but the award has proven to be a bit more controversial as of late. When Caitlyn Jenner was awarded with the title in 2015, many were outraged. Looking at this year’s list of award recipients, the public is having a fuss over the magazine’s decision once again.
Though the ‘Glamour Awards’ began in hopes of highlighting the efforts of women, the magazine has decided to award U2 frontman, Bono, with the first ever ‘Man of the Year’ award. Before you get too upset (like the rest of the Internet), Bono is widely known for his humanitarian work that aims specifically at helping women on a global scale.
Though the magazine has received their fair share of criticism, as of now they are okay with their decision. In a statement released on their website, the magazine explains that “when a major rock star, who could do anything at all with his life, decides to focus on the rights of women and girls worldwide… [it’s] worth celebrating.”
The site’s reasoning is definitely understandable, but some are still refusing to accept it. Why recognize a male in a female-focused ceremony? It’s not like men are exactly begging for recognition, right?
Once the news of Bono’s award hit the Internet, Twitter users were quick to weigh in on the matter – some very seriously, and some just for the fun of it. Here are some our favorite responses:
For those Twitter users upset at Bono, guess what? He kind of feels the same way. The U2 frontman expressed to the magazine that he was surprised at the honor like everyone else was. Though he initially felt that he didn’t deserve it, he was grateful that the award gave him a platform to further promote gender equality issues.
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