Bob Geldof has sensationally claimed that millennials have ‘blood on their hands’ following the terror attacks on Paris last week, that claimed the lives of 132 people.
The singer and activist was speaking at the One Young World conference, Bangkok, on Wednesday when he made the claim.
He told the audience that it is over to younger generations to set the world on the right path for positive change.
He told the conference:
This generation, your generation, is already stained with blood. Your age group are the killers of Syria. The people your age are murdering people in Beirut, Sharm el Sheikh. And most immediately in our minds right now, those people who went to a pop concert in Paris, who tried to watch a football match, who went out with their girlfriends or their parents for a drink or a coffee, those people were killed by people of your generation.
The Boomtown Rats frontman continued:
Us old men, we too listened to old men speak to us, that we were the glowing future. It’s a cliche – you are the present.
We [the older generation] can’t do much anymore but the reason we speak to you is because we are desperate to retract our failures. Stop with the belief, stop with emotion. The flags are cute – but nothing else.”
You are the serious generation. Forget the tweeting that’s about bullshit. Tweet about serious things. Go back to your countries, get real with your governments, get the people of your age group to understand precisely what happens.
Stop with violence, it doesn’t work. Come back to your country and take action. […] Now we’ve got the thinking planet here, already a failure to your name, your killers, killing other people, innocent, of your age group.
“Shame on you. Wipe out that shame. You’ve got time. It’s get real time.”
The speech seems to have divided opinion.
Sir Bob Geldof just dropped the mic on millennials. #OYW
— Matt Charlton (@MattCharlto) November 18, 2015
— Chris Arnold (@MERITchris) November 19, 2015
Got ahead of myself – Bob Geldof is up on his feet with a rallying call to action. Newfound respect for this titan of global change #oyw
— Kyle (@brandmcqueen) November 18, 2015
Bob Geldof blaming millenials for the current acts of terror has to be the most ridiculous statement i’ve ever heard. I want what he’s on.
— Vaeso (@Vaeso_) November 19, 2015
idk how Bob Geldof thinks millennials masterminded world terrorism when apparently we’re lazy, unmotivated, on screens 24/7 & sleep till 12
— HannahJane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) November 19, 2015
Bob Geldof needs to have a word with himself and ask who it was that raised this generation?… Oh wait https://t.co/IqGMJ1um62
— Roberto (@_Robertoo__) November 18, 2015
Some have deciphered a sense of perspective from his words.
— Camilla Hodgson (@CamillaHodgson) November 18, 2015
Whether you agree or disagree with what Geldof said, the world can do better and that is everyone’s responsibility.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.