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Bon Jovi's Bono Orangeman gaffe latest example of how the stars can’t help getting it so wrong on Ireland

Jon Bon Jovi is just the latest in a long line of international famous faces to attract derision and criticism for their takes on our political affairs

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Bon Jovi (Yui Mok/PA)

Bon Jovi (Yui Mok/PA)

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Dave Mustaine of Megadeth

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Rose McGowan (PA)

Hollywood star: Actress Jane Fonda

Hollywood star: Actress Jane Fonda

John Lennon (PA)

John Lennon (PA)

Bon Jovi (Yui Mok/PA)

Jon Bon Jovi’s bizarre claim that he was glad to avoid getting beaten up by Orangemen as a child like U2 frontman Bono was the latest example of stars getting in a tangle on Irish affairs.

The rock superstar — famous for hits such as Livin’ On A Prayer and Lay Your Hands On Me — made the astonishing comments in a podcast broadcast this week.

On Bono, Bon Jovi said: “His upbringing was obviously very different than mine. I mean, I never had the Orangemen walking through my neighbourhood saying, you know, get the Catholic kid and beat him up.”