Rock band U2, which has Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe nominations and awards to its credit, won’t be winning any awards from some fans in the near-term, thanks to its stance on a controversial Irish referendum on abortion.
The band, which makes much of its professed Christian roots, upset its pro-life fans by tweeting its support for legalizing abortion in Ireland earlier this week. The tweet upset pro-life fans in the country, where religion still plays an outsize role in public life.
u2’s official Twitter account sent out a photo endorsing the “Repeal the 8th” campaign, referring to a May 25 abortion referendum. The backing caused a huge backlash, with many fans signaling an end to their support.
Ireland’s eighth amendment to its constitution, codifies the country’s stance on abortion: “The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”
Most fans who responded negatively to the band’s stance cited its past support for the downtrodden and vulnerable in society.