It seems as though the whole world is concerned with the current political situation in Hungary, as the lead singer of U2, Bono, heavily criticised Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán during a concert a couple of days ago – Heti Világgazdaság writes.

U2 gave a concert in Madrid on the 20th of September, during which, Bono ‘put on’ his iconic MacPhisto mask (MacPhisto is a highly cynical and ironic character intended to resemble the Devil, created in the 1990s) and listed the most emblematic far-right leaders of Europe, referring to them as his new friends.

At 1:38 you can catch MacPhisto saying the following:

But MacPhisto is bored with that now. He’s got new pals: from Hungary, Viktor Orbán, from Sweden, Jimmie Åkesson, from France, Marie Le Pen. Anyway, MacPhisto’s got a new game, it’s called Zooropa. A game he intends to win. Vote MacPhisto for Europe, or to Hell with you. And remember Madrid: it’s when you don’t believe that I exist, that’s when I do my best.

However, this was not the first time that Bono criticised Orbán or other Hungarian presidents, and he is not the only one to do so either.

Bono’s first attempt at mocking Hungarian politicians using the MacPhisto persona was in 1993 during the last U2 concert in Budapest, when he phoned Gyula Thürmer, the president of the Hungarian Workers’ Party. Thürmer did not pick up, however, so MacPhisto’s thoughtful message (‘I just called to say I love you’) to the president went to voicemail.

In 2016, Bono attacked the Hungarian government again. Inside-Poland reported about the incident in 2016, writing that

Bono named Hungary and Poland as examples of dangerous ‘hyper-nationalism’, posing an ‘existential threat’ to Europe

in front of the Senate Appropriation Subcommittee at Capitol Hill, during a hearing focusing on violent extremism.

Another person to have a strong opinion about Viktor Orbán is a fellow musician, Roger Waters, member of the legendary band Pink Floyd. As part of his Budapest show on May 3 earlier this year, he addressed the issue of a trustworthy and transparent government, claiming that the Hungarian government cannot be trusted – wrote

Not much later, during his St. Petersburg concert Waters listed the Neo-Fascist leaders all across the globe, naming Donald Trump as the first and Viktor Orbán as the second.

featured image: wikicommons – Peter Neill 


  1. In Canada, this guy was always a joke. After Sunday Bloody Sunday, he couldn’t even make another album of interest.

    Personal life (Wikipedia ref)
    Bono is almost never seen in public without sunglasses, as he suffers from glaucoma During a Rolling Stone interview he stated:
    “I have” very sensitive eyes to light. If somebody takes my photograph, I will see the flash for the rest of the day. My right eye swells up. I’ve a blockage there, so that my eyes go red a lot. So it’s part vanity, it’s part privacy and part sensitivity.

    – “Bono’s eyes didn’t seem too bothered by all that light in the stage performance video “

    Bono is on the board of the Elevation Partners private-equity firm, which attempted to purchase Eidos Interactive in 2005 and has since gone on to invest in other entertainment businesses. Bono has invested in the Forbes Media group in the US through Elevation Partners. Elevation Partners became the first outsider to invest in the company, taking a minority stake in Forbes Media LLC, a new company encompassing the 89-year-old business which includes Forbes magazine, the website and other assets. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports said the stake was worth about €194 million ($250m). The firm also owns a 1.5 percent stake in social networking site Facebook, originally purchased for $210m. Although it was reported that Bono’s stake was valued at approximately US$ 1 billion in February 2012, a 2015 article in Forbes stated that this estimate was based on an incorrect attribution of shares.

    – “Very invested in Forbes and Facebook, looks like he’s trying to increase interest in them or by his dead arts using them”

  2. Hey Bono, how’s the offshore accounts? No one cares what this idiot thinks or says anyway.

  3. Bono’s latest Hit Single, “Wish You Were Here” came out in 1987…The only Hit Single ever to come out of Roger Waters, as far as I know is “Another Brick in the Wall”, & that was in 1979. Brahms, by Contrast, at the Age of 74, was just getting warmed up.

  4. I called my dog Bono and he likes it. He is listning very good te my voice. For Mr.Bono I have something that might keep him on the right track:
    A huge stash of AK-47 weapons reportedly belonging to Islamist extremists have been found hidden near a mosque in Germany. The weapons arsenal was discovered during a top secret raid by a SWAT team in Nordrhein-Westfalen. Local politician Ismail Tipi revealed details of the raid and warned of the danger of fundamentalists. The weapons were found in a cold room of a greengrocer near a mosque. Its the most populous state in Germany with nearly 18 million people in the area, which includes Dusseldorf. Mr Tipi, who is a member of the Hessian parliament, warned of the dangers of Salafi fundamentalists. He says that the danger of fundamentalist Islamists who are ready to use violence arming themselves in Germany is very large. This secret raid finding this weapons cache makes this more than clear. Watch the video: Germany has seen sharp increases in the number of ultra-conservative Islamists known as Salafists in recent years with the total number of sympathisers now seen at 8,900, up from 7,000 at the end of 2014, German officials said. Watch this shocking video of Open Jihad in Germany: Mr Tipi, who is said to have received death threats for his comments against jihadis, raised concerns sleeper cells are gearing up for a terror attack on Germany. He said: The information about this is increasing. The fear is large that Salafist sleeper cells, jihadis and ISIS terrorists in Germany get support from foreign intelligence services that are not friendly to us. Through the weapons arsenal, the sleeper cells and militant jihadis can be armed with weapons and prepare for their likely attack. This is exactly what I have always feared. He added: Politicians must speak clearly about this. If these fears are substantiated, we can assume that secret weapons arsenals are being set up for a big terrorist attack not only in Germany, but throughout Europe. It would be a dereliction of duty if we didn’t recognise this danger and find these weapons arsenals. We must see this danger and deal with it as soon as possible. Those in charge of our security must look at this closely and share this information with all relevant security agencies. Politicians must be clear about this, report on possible dangers and threats, educate the people and call upon them to be wide awake and report every type of observations to the police. The problem of Salafism and IS-terrorism is always getting bigger when we don’t react. Here everyone has a responsibility. The discovery comes as the German government voiced concern that Islamic State (ISIS) could step up attacks in Europe as it loses territory in Iraq and Syria and said its domestic intelligence agency is training to respond to a large-scale assault. Interior Minister Thomas De Maiziere welcomed gains made by a US-led coalition against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, but said they were not diminishing the risk of attacks in Europe. He said: On the contrary, we fear that Islamic State will externalise, transfer its activities to Europe, especially because of military losses in the region. Germany has been on high alert for possible large-scale militant incidents – potentially including military-style weapons – since the Paris attacks last November and Brussels in March. Hello Mr. Bono, are you still there and do you understand what normal thinking people are trying to tell you?

  5. So, Mr. Bono have criticised hungarian politicians… so what? Anyone really cares about his oppinion?

  6. He also criticised the Swedish politicain Jimmie Åkesson and call him “nazist” And he is not nazist, just against the Swedish left goverment…. Bono is a communist

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