"Billy Joel, they can't stand you because of your music; because of your stupid, smug attitude; because of the way you ripped off your betters to produce music that rarely reaches the level even of mediocrity. You could dress completely au courant and people would still loathe your lame lyrics.
It's not that they dislike anything exterior about you. They dislike you because of who you really are inside. They dislike you for being you. At a certain point, consistent, aggressive badness justifies profound hostility. They hate you just the way you are."
Ouch! And to think I was hard on Sting. Slate has done this kind of thing before. I hope they don't ever do Bono like this.
Update: This picture is on page 1 in Google search, credit should go to www.ShowBizIreland.com
I get a ton of hits on this, BJ fans are great! Don't let that article get you down, it was so bad it was funny.