Bono's essay on Nelson Mandela, published by Time mere minutes after news of the South African leader's death on Thursday, has caused quite a social media stir.
In the 1051-word piece titled "The Man Who Could Not Cry," Bono calls Mandela a "forceful presence" in his life since 1979, when he says U2 made its first stand against apartheid.
"Irish people related all too easily to the subjugation of ethnic majorities," the divisive singer penned.
"Mandela lived a life without sanctimony. You try it; it’s not easy," he adds.
Many praised the U2 front man for his "beautiful" and "touching" tribute, others were less impressed:
Great tributes coming in for Mandela. Apart from Bono's which just screamed Me, Me, ME!!!— Liam Quick (@ltquick86) December 6, 2013
And the ott celebrity eulogies to Nelson Mandela begin: http://t.co/XpvPfTX59o— Natasha Lytton (@Natashalytton) December 6, 2013
The first thing I saw this morning in regards to Mr.Mandela was Bono describing himself as an 'activist'. Cretin.— Gregory Stephenson (@gregstephenson) December 6, 2013
As if I didn't hate Bono enough, he is now comparing himself to Nelson Mandela— Lee Todd (@LeeTodd76) December 6, 2013
Has Bono released a n̶e̶w̶ ̶s̶o̶n̶g̶ statement on Nelson Mandela yet?— Darragh Kelly (@iamDarragh) December 6, 2013
Bono has written an essay about Nelson Mandela - twat!— Gemra (@Gemmasterful) December 6, 2013