Bono, a huddle please

Oh, Bono. Only you can write “nipple of aid” in an op-ed in the Guardian and get away with it. Kudos. So since this is a big week for celebrity activists and Africa, what with you traveling the continent, and Angelina about to give birth – after single-handedly putting Namibia on the map for a generation of ...

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Oh, Bono. Only you can write "nipple of aid" in an op-ed in the Guardian and get away with it. Kudos. So since this is a big week for celebrity activists and Africa, what with you traveling the continent, and Angelina about to give birth - after single-handedly putting Namibia on the map for a generation of entertainment reporters and gossip hounds - I give you again Rob Long's excellent FP memo on how celebs can use their star power to further good causes. You, Bono, are doing quite well considering. You're even something of a role model for Brangelina. But Rob's advice is golden: Pick a focused cause of choice, and "avoid being photographed with anyone who might later need to appear as a defendant in a war-crimes trial." Good stuff.

Oh, Bono. Only you can write “nipple of aid” in an op-ed in the Guardian and get away with it. Kudos. So since this is a big week for celebrity activists and Africa, what with you traveling the continent, and Angelina about to give birth – after single-handedly putting Namibia on the map for a generation of entertainment reporters and gossip hounds – I give you again Rob Long’s excellent FP memo on how celebs can use their star power to further good causes. You, Bono, are doing quite well considering. You’re even something of a role model for Brangelina. But Rob’s advice is golden: Pick a focused cause of choice, and “avoid being photographed with anyone who might later need to appear as a defendant in a war-crimes trial.” Good stuff.

Carolyn O'Hara is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.

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