Friday, July 07, 2006

Bono Pisses off “Venezuelan Solidarity Network”

I came across this story at Indybay this morning:

“U2'S BONO BACKS INSIDIOUS PROPAGANDA: VIDEOGAME WITH VENEZUELA INVASION THEME”

I could just tell this was going to be rich.

Apparently, Bono’s capital venture group Elevation Partners, had some money involved in the Los Angeles based Pandemic/Bioware Studios Production Company. Pandemic is putting out “Mercenaries 2: World in Flames” which features a fictional mercenary attack on Venezuela.

So let me get this straight: because a company Bono has money invested in worked with a company that produces a fictional videogame, Bono “backs an insidious propaganda campaign”? Seems like a pretty tenuous connection to me.

“The Venezuelan Solidarity Network calls for Bono, who has appealed to the world on many occasions for peace and poverty reduction, to apply those same values to block the manufacture and distribution of this videogame.”

I doubt that blocking this games release will further the cause of peace and poverty reduction, but it may make sense in the fantasy world Indybay resides within.

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