May 4, 2009, - 12:06 pm

U2’s “The Edge”: Yet Another Celeb Eco-Hypocrite

By Debbie Schlussel
I love ridiculing celebrity Eco-Hypocrites because it’s just too easy. Too easy for them to lecture us on what to do, and too easy for them to not do it. The latest, comes from my favorite rock cornucopia of hypocrisy: U2.
It’s not just that U2 rockers–including and especially Bono and “The Edge” (slave name: David Evans)–are jet-set eco-hypocrites, wasting oodles of gas on their private planes and wasting tons more energy to put on their concert tours.
It’s that, well, there’s not a single thing they practice, in the course of preaching it to you and me. Here’s the latest example:

The Edge and his wife, Morleigh Steinberg, bought 156 acres in Santa Monica Mountains and now want to build five mansions there, including their own dream home.


U2’s “The Edge” & Wife:

“We Need Five Mansions, 50K Sq. Ft. & a Moat to Save Energy”

“These homes will be some of the most environmentally sensitive ever designed in Malibu – or anywhere in the world,” the guitarist . . . said in a prepared statement.
Nearby residents, however, haven’t bought his green pitch and say The Edge is endangering the beauty of one of Southern California’s most famous beachfront communities along with U2’s globally conscious image. . . .
The plan has sparked the latest development controversy in Malibu, where residents and city officials portray themselves as stewards of a blessed environment – even as the construction of palatial mansions and sweeping driveways turn vast swaths of that environment to mulch.
The project proposed by The Edge calls for a cluster of five, 10,000-square-foot homes. The two-story, earth-toned dwellings would be the maximum size allowed in areas designated as environmentally sensitive habitat.
Renderings show organic design features such as a pool that encircles one home like a moat. . . .The Edge is also proposing to dig an access road up the mountain. . . .
“They’re claiming it’s a green environmental project, but you’d have to live in the houses a thousand years” to make up for the carbon dioxide emitted by the trucks hauling the dirt out, said Lawrence Weisdorn, president of the Serra Retreat homeowners association. . . .
Critics [say] . . . [f]lora and fauna may be lost, energy and water will be used to create and transport building materials, not to mention filling the pools and lighting up the mansions even if they are helped by solar panels. . . .
Mark Abramson, director of watershed programs with the Santa Monica Baykeeper, said he has serious doubts about claims by The Edge that his hillside homes would be among the most environmental in the world.

Question: Why does someone who tells Americans they don’t give enough to charity–as “The Edge” and his friend, Bono, do–need five mansions? And how on earth does it “conserve” energy to bring heat and cool and bring running water to five 10,000-square-foot mansions? Five mansions for TWO people total?
Just curious. Yup, when it comes to being eco-conscious, the pretentiously self-monikered “The Edge” ain’t so edgy after all.
Celeb Eco-Hypocrisy: Utilize energy as we say, not as our mansions, planes, concert tours, and movie sets do.
Among my many previous posts on this: Hollywood’s Carbon Footprint: Celeb Mag Slams Celeb Enviro-Hypocrisy

24 Responses

The most enviromentally sound thing to do is stop buying their trash music and seeing their concerts.

wolf2012 on May 4, 2009 at 12:34 pm

Five mansions. One for Bono. One for The Edge. One for Adam Clayton. One for Larry Mullen, Jr.
And one more leading nowhere, just for show.

Shy Guy on May 4, 2009 at 12:54 pm

I, too, am proud to say that I haven’t lined these hypocrites pockets with a single penny of mine. I never cared for their music and found their ringleader, Bono, to be especially offensive.

swq on May 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Boner and The Wedge. Marginally talented Eurotrash. The only thing green about these chumps is their teeth

spiffo on May 4, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Those hollywood bomb throwers and ultra elitists who think it is their calling to inform us of their anti American and socialist views are doing so from their cocooned lifestyles. These are usually the people who have weak self esteem and suffer from a disorder that they need to please everyone. They’ve become a caricature of themselves and make mainstream America long for the days when most actors and actresses in Hollywood spent more of their time giving us great entertainment and being class acts rather than being a part of a group of malcontents hell bent on trying garner as much attention as possible to stay in the public light. Oh and the media is as much to blame for these fiascos in thinking that this crap actually could serve as news. It’s fluff.

Acroyear on May 4, 2009 at 1:30 pm

U-2 = A group of coddled, overrated, overpaid LIBERALS (BULLSHIT ARTISTS) who play musical instruments not unlike the street musicians one would find playing in the subway stations.
LIBERALISM = The ability to pontificate a morally superior viewpoint on every issue where you can berate and demonize the “less educated”, “intolerant”, and “non-inclusive” rubes that is designed to instill a sense of shame and insecurity about their behavior. Once the LIBERAL can establish the shame and insecurity in said rube, the LIBERAL can then successfully dictate how they must live their lives according to the tenets of the self-proclaimed “enlightened” ones, while, at the same time never having to abide by their own tenets. However, the formula for achieving such hypocrisy and duplicity is the ability to do so without having a conscience about how hypocritical and duplicitous you actually are.
The key to being a successful LIBERAL is never having to say you’re sorry.
And the stupid fans and the complicit media continue to drool over the BULLSHIT ARTISTS. These are the same morons who saddled the rest of us with the Manchurian Canddate we currently have in The White House. These are the same morons who saddled us with the most corrupt, incompetent, and duplicitous Congress in the history of this republic.
BTW, speaking of the the current inhabitant in The White House… according to LIBERAL “reasoning”, Hussein Obama, Joe Biden, and their friends must also all be in the oil business because gas at the pump is STILL around $2.50/gallon. Where’s the phony outrage (hypocrisy) from the LIBERALS about the price of gas?

Thee_Bruno on May 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm

BTW, does the Edge ever take off that wool hat (or is it a muzlum skullcap)? He could be at the equator in 125 degree heat, and the moron still wears that thing. Does he shower with it? Does he swim with that thing on? Does his barber cut only the hairs that grow through the hat or does he make him take it off? Is he bald? How come the National Enquirer or People Magazine can’t get a pic of this guy without his hat?

Thee_Bruno on May 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Marie Antoinette is alive and well. Her spirit lives on in the small, moldy brains of clueless, hypocritical celebrity douchebags and craven politicians.

Tempus Fugit on May 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm

five mansions?! who needs five mansions

mindy1 on May 4, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Right! The wool hat! It’s his “trademark”. It’s “cool”, because no one else would be so “cutting edge”, as to wear an item of apparel only snow skiers would wear while snow skiing. Certainly you can see the “coolness” of it can’t you? If my favorite musician was perpetually shown wearing a football helmet, that would greatly increase his “coolness factor”.

spiffo on May 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm

I didn’t know it was “cutting edge” to wear wool hats in 110 degree weather…I thought it was, well, frankly, a result of a mental condition. I guess it’s me….maybe I’m not “cool enough” to idolize a freak who wears a wool hat every moment he’s in public. I see it as a mental disturbance. Hell, even Slash from Guns N’ Roses stopped looking like a mental patient and lost the top hat.
Maybe Edge should be really cool and play his guitar on stage wearing a wool hat, a wool coat, a scarf, with short pants and flip-flops. Then the idiots in the audience would really go wild and ejaculate.

Thee_Bruno on May 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Thanks, Debbie.
I just love these stories. It never ceases to amaze and amuse how stupid this country is for the celebrity worship.
Liberalism = cowardice.
All the liberals are cowards because no serious protest will be raised against this by the enviro whackos. Oh, there will be some furrowed brows but no real opposition. Cowards.
Al Gore right here in Nashville, TN was busted by the local conservative radio hosts for the same thing. He has just one mansion here in town, but it used far more than the average person.
When is the out of touch media going to realize U2 and Madonna have been washed up for over 20 years?

Jeff_W on May 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

I like U2 until I listened to the words of their songs. No Eurotrash can ever lecture the U. S. on our history without first delving into their own. Hypocrites is right.

iowavette on May 4, 2009 at 4:52 pm

All of U2’s songs sound the same – bland, treacly, rockesque drivel. people who are fans of the music are mindless sheeple with no taste whatsoever. This “The Edge” guy is an a$$stain for what he’s trying to do. His only saving grace is that he had the sense to marry a Jew.

ObamaSlammaJamma on May 4, 2009 at 5:56 pm

I am reposting this comment here. I posted it in the wrong column.
Here goes:
I find that those who criticize our society and civilization are phonies and hypocrites. I see them in my daily life. What they say and what they do are TOTAL opposites. Many of them are insecure or have messed up their own lives. Further, they fail to accept responsibility for their own self-inflicted problems. They rather blame others. They are PHONIES.

norman on May 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Debbie, maybe The Edge is just pretending to be green so he can develop this land. A far as Mrs. Edge being Jewish, I wonder if she can get U2 to play in Israel or at least for the big Chabad fundraiser in L.A. BTW Posh and Beckham Spice are apparently sending their little one to a Jewish pre-school in L.A.

Anonymous1 on May 4, 2009 at 7:08 pm

I would bet that he’ll put two eco-friendly airplanes at either side of his house just like Travolta did. What a d–k!

samurai on May 5, 2009 at 12:34 am

The Edge never said he was green (well other than
Irish). Bono is the one who is out spoken. But his issues is debt, and Aids. NOT green issues. In THOSE issues Bono walks the walk. He is one of the very few to give credit to Bush for money for Aids in Africa.

ceannrua on May 5, 2009 at 5:33 am

Why is everybody so pissed off? Sorry you have such miserable lives. Enjoy your lives everybody. Sheesh.

David on December 8, 2009 at 2:20 am

Are you f*@king serious? What a sad lot you are. If you had an eighth of the talent of any one individual in U2, you too could have a f*@king mansion. But… you don’t. So… you won’t … But I’ll reckon you do have a f*@king pot to piss in. So piss in it. Morons. FYFI – Bono and the boys don’t lecture on global warming. They’re about poverty in the world, and they give a ton more money (in relative terms) to the cause than I’ll bet any one of you blagards do. Resume pissing please.

Irishmaninalaska on February 12, 2010 at 1:23 am

wow! Jealousy runs thick here! If you people can do Half of what U2 has done to help improve this world then you can talk, bitch and complain. Otherwise, shut it.

sjw on July 1, 2010 at 10:22 am

That’s funny. Blaming liberals for the Edge and Bono’s wealth and hypocrisy. Get real and stop politicizing everything.

Gary on November 26, 2014 at 4:19 pm

What a bunch of losers. So easy to criticize from the sideline of your pathetic little lives. What a sad life you lead. Who gives a fuck if The Edge buys ten fucking mansions? He earned it! Instead of sitting around and pissing and moaning he made a life! From very humble beginnings. That’s why Debbie has this stupid and sad little column or whatever you call it. All of you collectively don’t have the talent Edge has in his little finger. Get a fucking life losers!

David Garver on May 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Edge’s beanie looks so stupid, just like Michael Nesmith wearing his. Edge wasn’t the first.

Tom on February 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm

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