U2 drummer Larry Mullen: Next time you see a rich man, thank him!
The Wolfhound, as a certified (don't say it!) member of the press, loves it when some rich fekkin' dolt puts his foot in his mouth. But it's even more pathetic when the fekkin' dolt sticks his foot in his arse first, THEN puts it in his mouth.
Meet U2 drummer Larry Mullen, a man long since eclipsed in the musical phenomenon that is U2 by the one-and-only Bono. Yes, Mullen still has the great gift of being able to hit a canvas-covered circular box with a stick, sometimes even in harmony with the music being played at the time, but he's just a blurry shape in Bono's shadow these days. He's sort of a man on the band's dole, and with a paycheck just about the only thing in his "life," it means a lot to him.
But, as is often the case when a fading star or non-celebrity (Larry, meet Paris Hilton!) realizes that he is no longer part of the A-team and is headed for a career in game shows, he is hit with a heavenly light, and hears the voice from above: "Larry! Say something really stupid!"
You won't be disappointed. Surely, not as much as he will be very shortly.
Amid the biggest global meltdown since the Great Depression, with millions out of work, out of their homes, out of food and out of hope, what is the top concern for this almost-has-been? That rich and successful people (like him) "are unnecessarily humiliated when coming in and out of Ireland," describing this to The Independent as "part of a new resentment of rich people in this country."
Well, when the foot's in, it stays in! And away he goes: "We have experienced [a situation] where coming in and out of the country at certain times is made more difficult than it should be — not only for us, but for a lot of wealthy people," he fretted. "The better-off are being sort of humiliated."
Yes, the man has made quite a point off the top of his head. Wolfie — as a student of history — is well-aware of the kind of ignominious treatment received by the incredibly wealthy. Often, their private jets are forced to wait while some slow clunker of a propeller plane lifts off with a heart transplant or something. Their Rolls-Royces and Bentleys are often held up in traffic because of the congestion caused by people pointlessly driving around to answer a help-wanted ad.
Where, oh where, Larry must wonder, is the special treatment he and his super-rich friends deserve for all they have done — and done for us?
"You see guys ... bringing a huge amount of money into this country, and they do not deserve to be humiliated," the former musician declared. Mullen especially praised developers — whose acumen at raising the Irish standard of living speaks for itself — for their charity work and for all they have done for the country.
"All those rich wives, all those rich guys with all those balls (Not sure what Larry means here about these guys and their balls, but let's keep the tape rolling...), all those women that you see organizing this and organizing that, without them we'd be in a very, very different state than we are now."