"When anybody is big, you have to expect a certain level of hatred, right?" he says. "Celebrity culture has gone crazy, and I think the reason is that real news is just not bearable, and it also seems impossible to change anything. What's the point of slagging off Dick Cheney when it doesn't do anything? It's easier to slag off Coldplay. All we've done is make records. The vitriol thrown at Britney Spears — what's she done? She's never hurt anyone. But it's easier to go after her than Donald Rumsfeld.