When the internet learned that Bono was being honoured with one of Glamour‘s prestigious Women of the Year awards, it had some things to say about it.
Now Bono has accepted his award, and had some fun with it.
First, Amy Poehler had jokes when she presented the U2 frontman with his honour.
“What an exciting time for men,” she deadpanned. “Can you feel it? Finally! There’s something in the air tonight. I think it’s gonna be hard to give another one of these awards next year, because, frankly, there is no one better deserving than Bono. And also we are gonna spend the next four years watching white men congratulate themselves.”
Then Bono himself embraced the absurdity of the moment.
“I know how ridiculous it is for me to be on this stage, accepting this award,” he said. “But if I didn’t know how ridiculous it was, I did have the blessed internet to remind me.”
The U2 frontman then proceeded to take a page from Jimmy Kimmel and read out some of the mean tweets about the award.
Technically, Bono was named the Man of the Year as part of Glamour‘s annual Women of the Year awards, but the distinction was lost on most Twitter users, who complained about Bono being honoured at an event that is traditionally devoted to women.
The Irish rocker then closed his speech by getting serious.
“2016 might be the year I stop believing north stars are always visible, even through a layer of fog,” he said.
“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.”
Watch the clip above, and let us know what you thought of Bono’s speech in the comments below.