Sinead was well aware of the industry's reputation and, despite her management's attempts to make her "pretty," she wasn't about to put herself in a position to get taken advantage of. So she pulled an "Edward Norton in 25th Hour" and got ugly as a way to protect herself from unwanted advances. She stopped at the skee-ball, although she later said that it'd "be better to have a bag on [her] head, really."
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Though the sunglasses make her look like Paul Shaffer, so that helps.
Bono Wears Sunglasses Because He Has Glaucoma
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Freaking Bono, man. For a multimillionaire Grammy winner, dude just can't seem to catch a break. He spends a lifetime promoting humanitarian causes, and everyone thinks he's a douche. Gives away his album for free, and people get so mad they lose their goddamn minds. Gets so injured in the world's unlikeliest bicycle accident that he may never play guitar again, and comment sections Internet-wide rejoice. What the hell's a guy got to do for people to, if not like, then at least tolerate him?
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Good thing he has all those $1,000 bills with which to blot his tears.
Yeah, Bono hate seems to go way beyond disliking an artist's music, especially for someone who, by all objective standards, is a pretty decent guy. Is it the sunglasses? Wearing sunglasses indoors seems like a pretty douchey thing to do. It's probably the sunglasses.
And It's Actually Because:
If that's the case, the world can start feeling pretty shitty about itself right about now, because Bono has to wear those sunglasses. The man's been dealing with glaucoma for the last 20 years.
Among other unfun things, glaucoma causes a sufferer's eyes to become extremely susceptible to light and glare, and nonstop sunglasses-wearing is basically every doctor's prescription for the condition. Considering the fact that Bono's job is to stand in front of million-gigawatt stage lights -- not to mention that his off hours consist of dodging a constant barrage of paparazzi flashbulbs -- it's a wonder his doctor didn't prescribe dual pirate eye-patches instead.
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It might be the only way he ever finds what he's looking for.
So now we'll leave you to ponder this conundrum: If the world hates Bono because of Bono's sunglasses, and Bono's sunglasses are a necessity due to a crippling medical condition, who's the real douchebag -- Bono, or the world?
For more ridiculous artist backstories, check out 5 Artistic Geniuses Who Only Became Great After Selling Out and 6 Alternate Album Covers You Won't Believe Almost Happened.
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