But even celebrity has its limits of influence, as hard as it may be to believe given all of the attention paid to various causes.
The singer expressed his frustrations to CNN while attenting the G-8 summit in Rostock, Germany.
He says some world leaders have not followed through on aid to alleviate poverty in Africa.
“I felt like smashing my glasses today because they’re not keeping their promises,” Bono told CNN’s Ed Henry.
He is further discouraged because so much attention at the summit has been on relations between the U.S. and Russia. He called it a “distraction” and said that the countries are not a “threat” to each other.
George Clooney, who is trying to press for action in Darfur, tells Entertainment Weekly that there are a host of other potential landmines when speaking out on causes. “You have to be incredibly well informed. So if you’re going to go out and talk about poverty or AIDS in Africa or Darfur, you better know your sh–. And you better know it better than any of the jackasses that are going to try and somehow make what you’re trying to do [look] bad. … So you have to pick your fights and go after them, and then it seems like you can help get things done.”