As if there was any doubt remaining at this point, Jim DeRogatis makes it plainly obviously how much he hates U2 in this interview about the worst rock movies ever. Discussing Rattle and Hum, the Chicago Sun-Times music critic says:
I’m not saying it’s dishonest. It absolutely shows what they are. They are big, superstar rock stars full of pretension. But for the same reason I have no desire to sit through Saw VII—because torture porn makes my stomach hurt—so does Rattle & Hum. [Laughs.] U2 are assholes, the movie shows them as assholes, but that doesn’t make it any fun to watch.
I’m blogging about this mainly because DeRogatis (and his Chicago Tribune-based friend, Greg Kot) is a powerful voice in music journalism, and he has a history of trashing U2 (Kot does, too) over the years. Though I should mention that DeRogatis gave No Line On The Horizon a generally positive review.
At some point, probably next time U2 plays Chicago or when they release another album, there’ll be more trashing going on and fans will wonder why. Everyone’s entitled to an opinion — indeed, DeRogatis gets paid for his — but it’s important also to know the inherent biases people have.