The whole thing sort of reminded me of what happened back in the 60’s with John Lennon.
I am in no way saying that I’m like Lennon, that I’m as talented or creative. I just respect him for his art and that’s as far as it goes. Though, we do have the same starsign and the same ‘stick it to the man’ attitude.
On March the 4th 1966, John’s friend from the London Evening Standard interviewed him, he said:
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.”
No one in the United Kingdom even blinked at his comments. However, five months later, an American teen magazine reported that John had said:
“The Beatles are bigger than Jesus Christ!”
No, not what he said at all.
Anyway, in a very Christian way, John received death threats and public record burning were arranged. The Beatles were banned from playing played on radio stations throughout the southern states of America.
John was coerced into apologising for something he didn’t even say and was taken completely out of context.
He explained he was referring to the UK, the kids were more interested in The Beatles than religion here, he was right. He did apologise in a round about sort of way “if it will make you happy, ok then, I apologise.”
However, I don’t think Lennon was at all that pleased with having to say ‘sorry’ for something he hadn’t really said. His band mates and management weren’t very helpful for making him do it, surely they knew it would come back to bite them on the arse?
I think he never really let it go, personally, I would never have done it. I’m surprised he ever did. I think he saved it all up until 1969 when he released The Ballard of John and Yoko.
Every time I hear that song, I smile. It was like serving up a big cup of shut the f*ck up! Imagine that!
The song was actually recorded by Lennon and McCartney alone, they filled in Ringo’s and George’s parts and even had a laugh whilst they did it.
Truth is, John was too impatient to wait for them to return from their holidays and other projects. He wanted it recorded and out there.
He didn’t want anyone to find out about the lyric’s until it had been released either. I wonder why?
Of course, the song proved to be as controversial, as I suspect John had hoped. Many US and Spanish radio stations refused to play it.
Then there came the famous interview whilst John and Yoko were in bed in Montreal in 1969 where John said:
“I can choose to sing about what I want in any fashion I wish.”
Damn right you can Lennon!
Capp made a derogatory comment about Englishmen and one of Lennon’s spokespeople, Derek, told him to get out. John told Derek to pipe down but when Capp was leaving John famously sang:
“Christ, you know it ain’t easy,
You know how hard it can be,
The way things are going,
They’re gonna’ crucify CAPP.”
Stick it to the man.
I guess what I’m trying to say is, get over it. Get over yourself, if you can be offended by a silly comment that’s obviously not intentionally trying to offend anyone…get on a yellow submarine, because people in free living countries will speak as they wish.
It’s just words, turn the other cheek. Don’t read the first line of chapter one and decide you don’t like it. Read the whole chapter, see the bigger picture. Get a life.
This is Lucy in the sky with diamonds signing off this shit 😀
Peace out 🙂