Bono: ‘Chris Martin’s a W@nker!’

By: Celebuzz / March 2, 2009

Bono and Chris Martin would seem to have a lot in common.

They’re both singers who front bands specializing in anthemic arena rock. And they’ve both been known to lend their names to a cause or two.

But U2‘s normally good-natured frontman displayed no solidarity with the Coldplay warbler during a recent radio spot with BBC Radio One DJ  Jo Whiley, the Daily Mail reports.

After playing a Coldplay track and asking Bon if he thought Martin is as talented as Paul McCartney, the U2 singer shot back with a profane response.

“I think he’s that good a melodist, but he’s a wanker,” Bono opined.

Stunned, Whiley cut Bono’s answer off midway and asked the singer if he’d like to publicly apologize for the statement. To no avail.

“I’m a reformed character, I don’t do that any more,” Bono replied. 

Then he found room in his mouth for his other foot.

“[Martin's] obviously a completely dysfunctional character and a cretin but he happens to be a great melodist and up there with Ray Davies, Noel Gallagher and Paul McCartney,” Bono offered.

At which point Whiley told her audience, “I’m sorry if anyone is listening at the moment who were offended by the words that Bono said. I will apologize on his behalf.”

This is far from the first time that Bono has caused controversy with his words during a live appearance. Most notably, in 2003, while accepting a Golden Globe, the singer caused an uproar by blurting out that the award was “really, really f*cking brilliant” on live TV.

Maybe Bono should save his voice for singing from here on in.