Sometimes you wonder if those in charge really do consider celebrities to be better than us normal folk. Take the Nice, France terror attack last week, when a “radicalized” attacker drove a truck into a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations. The attack left 84 people dead according to the Telegraph, but also on hand was Bono. According to Mirror, Bono and many others were “rescued” during the attack:
The 56-year-old singer was on the terrace of La Petite Maison, next to the seafront in the French city when mass murderer Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel struck.
After Bouhlel drove a hired lorry into crowds enjoying a holiday firework display, killing 84 including 10 children, Bono and other diners were gripped by fear…
“It took around half an hour for the police to get us out,” said another diner.
“Like everybody else, Bono had to put his hands on his head, and was told to remain calm.
“The police were clearly very worried that terrorists might still be at large, and everybody was under suspicion.”
Eventually Bono and the rest were out of harm’s way, but that doesn’t mean they were without critics. Some thought that a special rescue by the police was out of line, no matter who was involved according to the Telegraph:
Paulo Mendes, 46, the manager of a souvenir shop next door to the restaurant, said: “It is ridiculous that Bono was rescued by police.”
He told the Telegraph that police were needed half a mile away at the scene of the attack where thousands of people were rushing to safety.
“There was panic everywhere in the town,” he said. “I don’t care if it’s Michael Jackson, Bono or Barack Obama. The police should not help one person just because he is a celebrity. Everyone is equal.”
This is the second time Bono has been in the vicinity of a terror attack in France. U2 was set to perform in Paris ahead of the assault on the Bataclan and other targets in the city. The band postponed their show due to the attacks, but soon rallied back in support of the people and fans in Paris. This sort of thing just seems like poor luck on Bono’s part, though.