Earlier this month, Bono inexplicably became the first man to be awarded Glamour’s Woman Of The Year award, and last night at a ceremony in Hollywood, he accepted the honor, which he himself described as “ridiculous.” He was introduced by Amy Poehler who, after cracking a few jokes about the absurdity of the situation, got serious for a moment: “People like Bono give me faith in men. [He’s] dedicated his life to being a light for so many who are scared and alone.”
Bono took the stage and, after making light of him receiving the award alongside fellow honorees Simone Biles, Nadia Murad, and Zendaya, he said:
2016 might be the year I stop believing north stars are always visible, even through a layer of fog. This year, the north star looked like a neon sign, fizzing and crackling, ‘hate for hire,’ ‘girls for rent,’ ‘women need not apply.’ I say to the president-elect, look across to women. Make equality a priority. It is the only way forward. The train is leaving the station, be on it or be under it.
He also, of course, read some mean tweets written about him before launching into the more earnest parts of his speech. Watch that and the full speech (at 1hr27m30s) below.
— Tim Neufeld (@timneufeld) November 15, 2016