Earlier this month, we learned one of Glamour’s prestigious Women of the Year awards was going to none other than Bono. In getting recognized for his worldwide humanitarian work, the U2 frontman became the first male Women of the Year honoree to date. Glass ceilings — they’re coming down!
Bono grasped the absurdity of the situation, admitting “it is a bit ridiculous” at last night’s (Nov. 14) Women of the Year event in Los Angeles. Below, watch him lighten the mood by reading off some playfully angry tweets about this momentous blow to gender barriers.
Bono was introduced by Amy Poehler, so the whole segment had a comedic feel to it. “People like Bono give me faith in men,” she said. “[He’s] dedicated his life to being a light for so many who are scared and alone.”
In all seriousness, Bono is a man who’s done some very good things for the world. In announcing the award two weeks back, Glamour editor-in-chief Cindi Leive lauded the “Poverty Is Sexist” movement — launched by Bono’s One campaign — and noted, “Men get a lot of awards and aren’t exactly hurting in the celebration and honors department… But it started to seem that that might be an outdated way of looking at things, and there are so many men who really are doing wonderful things for women these days.”
Also included were fellow 2016 Women of the Year honorees Gwen Stefani, Zendaya, Simone Biles, Emily Doe and others. In the interest of including, you know, some actual women, here are videos from Glamour hailing Stefani and Zendaya’s triumphs: