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November 6th, 2009

Controversy over U2's Berlin wall @ 10:12 am

czarny:
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A U2 show marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall ran into controversy after organisers built a wall around the venue.

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A two metre barrier was erected around the Brandenburg gate to keep out people without tickets for the show.

"It's a shame that a barrier has been set up. It's stopping many Berliners from hearing the concert," local politician Frank Henkel told the BBC.

The U2 show was part of the MTV Europe Music Awards.

Ten thousand tickets were given away free online and snapped up within hours.

U2 in Berlin
U2 were also named best live act at the MTV Europe Awards after their gig

Police in the city said they were expecting as many as 100,000 people to descend on the square in front of the Brandenburg Gate to try and catch a glimpse of U2.

Mr Henkel, Christian Democrat floor leader in the Berlin city-state parliament, said: "It would have been so much better if as many Berliners as possible could have taken part.

"We don't know who's responsible for this, whether it's U2 or MTV.

He continued: "10,000 people is a lot, but U2 could have had an even bigger audience enjoying their music at this wonderful location."

U2 manager Paul McGuinness said Berliners thought it was "pretty ironic" that an event to mark the falling of the wall has resulted in another one being constructed.

Fans, too, were displeased.

"It's completely ridiculous that they are blocking the view," said Louis-Pierre Boily, a Canadian fan who travelled to Berlin despite failing to secure tickets for the show.

"I thought it's a free show, but MTV probably wants people to watch it on TV to get their ratings up."

'Safety and security'

But MTV said it worked with the local promoter, the city and police to install a temporary fence "around the site to ensure the safety and security of the attendees at the event as well as residents and businesses in the area".

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit said: "The Pariser Platz was the scene for a joyful celebration of peace, love, freedom and music that Berlin will never forget.

"Congratulations to U2 and MTV for bringing this unique moment of musical history to the city of Berlin."

U2's representatives declined to comment.



Source: BBC News.



Thoughts on this? Personally I think it is slightly tasteless and they should have thought of another way to keep people out but honestly I can't think how. XD Ignore me..
 
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From:breakingthrunow
Date:November 7th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
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Yes, this was very ironic to say the least. I also find Bono and his "God complex" very annoying but that's another topic. ;)
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From:kiviraat
Date:November 7th, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
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I think many of us fall into that category! Don't get me started on Bono XD
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From:korndolly666
Date:November 7th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
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hah see my comment below ;)
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From:freecloud13
Date:November 7th, 2009 08:30 am (UTC)
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Heh.
Divine Bono, who is so concerned about injustice, could have decided not to perform... Agreeing to play with a fence around smells of hypocrisy to me.
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From:ideealisme
Date:November 7th, 2009 12:40 pm (UTC)

I can't close my eyes and make him go away

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Bono is the man who sued his former costume designer to the point of bankruptcy because she tried to sell his hat online after leaving U2's employ. He's mean enough to pursue a woman to ruin because of a hat.

He also "avoids" tax. When the Irish Government scaled down their Artists' Exemption tax allowance to cap it at €250,000 p.a., he and his bandmates arranged to move all their capital out of the country to avoid paying any tax.

That's their right but when he starts going on about Third World Debt and hobnobbing with presidents and prime ministers, lecturing us all, it really makes me see red. He's nothing but a short little jumped up Paddy with too much money too soon and an eye for the ladies.

Good songwriter though.

Edited at 2009-11-07 12:42 pm (UTC)
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From:czarny
Date:November 7th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
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lol my thoughts exactly mate!
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From:superigel
Date:November 7th, 2009 01:22 am (UTC)
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Building a wall to celebrate the fall of The Wall =

FAIL!

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From:smarriveurr
Date:November 7th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
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I won't debate whether a barrier of some time should have been erected, or had to be... but putting up a wall around the Brandenburger Tor for something intended as a celebration of the Mauerfall is tasteless, to say the least. The reports I'm seeing seem to avoid the term "wall" proper, describing a "metal fence" or "barrier" - I'd kind of like to see what it was. Either way, they could most likely have found a way to make the setup less offensive or more meaningful, instead of just ironic.
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From:aquila0212
Date:November 7th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
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I know that I saw a picture of it yesterday -- just can't find it today. It looked like a garden fence covered with white plastic, if I recall correctly.
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From:korndolly666
Date:November 7th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
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It was probably so Bono could knock it down so that he could say it was because of him the Berlin Wall came down! ;)
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From:knarz
Date:November 7th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
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LOL!

Yeah, that would make nice publicity for him...
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From:pink_crayon16
Date:November 7th, 2009 05:21 am (UTC)
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Teehee, oh dear. That's unfortunate to put it nicely.
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From:nitanitachan
Date:November 7th, 2009 09:07 am (UTC)
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cool, reminder on how it was to be left out
and of course a nice PR strategy, everybody's talking, and so on.

*smirks* or maybe my humour is just that weird

fun aside, most people were offended, but WHY? free concerts have limitations, especially here with all that security stuff to think off.
blablabla

nobody is thinking about, why did they choose a wall, where once a wall was?
maybe because the wall is still prominent in pretty many heads?

I think it's just a criticism of society that fiered backwards
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From:czarny
Date:November 7th, 2009 09:10 am (UTC)
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and of course a nice PR strategy, everybody's talking, and so on.

lol genau.
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From:nitanitachan
Date:November 7th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC)
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na is doch wahr XD

OMG die haben die sicht und den TON geblockt mit ner Mauer

hallo? das sind Künstler? nichts ohne versteckte andeutungen?

selbstsüchtiges gemecker wie immer wenn man doch nichts von dem großen gratiskuchen abbekommt *ist jetzt besser still*
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From:knarz
Date:November 7th, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
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Yes, it is pretty ironic - but aren't those walls almost standard now for open air shows? (Or celebrity weddings?)

Too bad for the ones responsible that they can't find a way to block the music, too...
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From:claudee
Date:November 7th, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)
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I don't really have a problem with that .. wall ;) I rather thin it's slightly funny that this happened to celebrate the fall of another wall *g* Don't think anyone thought about that. Anyway - even if it's a free concert, they have to limit the people attending, just for safety reasons. They *could* have made a smaller wall, so that people could at least have a look from further behind, too. But then people would have climbed over that most likely. *shrugs*

But:

"It's a shame that a barrier has been set up. It's stopping many Berliners from hearing the concert," local politician Frank Henkel told the BBC.

I don't have a clue who Frank Henkel is (therefore not someone extraordinary important?) but ... how does a two metre barrier stop people from ... hearing? *g*
From:loremaula
Date:November 7th, 2009 11:38 am (UTC)
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That's stupid and a pity. It should have been open. I find it even offensive.
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From:angrylogic
Date:November 7th, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
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I honestly thought it was a joke when I heard about it. Then I heard Saint Bono's name and suddenly it all made perfect sense. Now I've seen the pictures I actually did laugh out loud. I think the image of the word "FREEDOM" emblazed across the Tor sums the irony of the situation up far better than I ever could.
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From:jolies_fanclub
Date:November 7th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
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Bono gave a free concert - we don't like Bono! ;)

Something tells me he is responsible for none of those walls, but rather the "division of labour" is... still a reason to mention some of his other deeds ;)

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From:denzilalsene
Date:November 8th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
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Actually, for all of the hype that this got because of this article, it ended up not happening. I went to the concert and got in, and I certainly didn't have a ticket. The fence that they did have - which, yes, was more like a garden fence than a wall - seemed there more for the purpose of separating the crowds from the French and American embassies (and to provide a clear walkway to and from the embassies - which, in my opinion, was a legitmiate decision). As the concert progressed, these were removed to accomodate a larger crowd. (I happened to be sitting on the railing to see the band and had to get off. D: )

They had a sort of entrance on Unter den Linden with security officers monitoring the crowds, but they did not check tickets and did not turn anyone away from coming to the concert that wanted to go in. So for all of the negative publicity that this got, nothing came of it.

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