John Lennon Was A Terrible Person

It’s entirely possible that you missed out on a pretty interesting news story this afternoon. If you managed to dodge all the “David Cameron loves Pigs” memes and closet racist comments about the refugee crisis then you’ll have no doubt saw a cluster of people going crazy about news about John Lennon. Sadly, or thankfully for those who detest the Beatles, it wasn’t the announcement that he had been ressurected but rather a shocking piece of footage.

Unlike most cases of celebrities being ignorant and outright offensive, Lennon won’t be able to defend himself of apologise seeing as he’s, well, dead. In fact it’ll have been 35 years this December since he was assasinated by Mark David Chapman. Although his status as a music legend is pretty much set in stone at this point, it hasn’t stopped many criticising Lennon both before and after his death for a lot of his actions. Below are 5 reasons why the musician and peace activist shouldn’t be glorified as a legend.

  1. He was violent towards women

It’s no secret that the divorce Lennon and his first wife Cynthia Powell went through was hectic, with factors such as LSD use and adultery all allegedly causing the two to part ways. However, many people assume that it was domestic abuse that resulted in their divorce. Lennon didn’t shy away from admitting he bet Powell, telling Playboy during an interview in 1980:

“All that ‘I used to be cruel to my woman, I beat her and kept her apart from the things that she loved’ was me. I used to be cruel to my woman, and physically – any woman. I was a hitter. I couldn’t express myself and I hit. I fought men and I hit women.”

Although he insists that his earlier violence motivated his activism nearer the end of his life, there’s no excusing the fact he was violent towards Powell, allegedly slapping her out of jealousy. As well as this, it’s been said that his violent behaviour towards women continued into his relationship with Yoko Ono.

   2. He emotionally abused his son

Regardless if you think that Lennon’s actions towards his partners was redeemed by his supposed change during his activism, there’s no denying that his eldest son Julian was the biggest victim. It seemed as if Lennon resented him as he was absent for most of his childhood and his wife at the time Powell says he was very unpleasant to be around.

Those quick to be sympathetic towards Lennon would say that he was famous and was in arguably the biggest and best rock band in the world so his schedule would have been full to the brim. I can understand this point but that’s only the tipping point of the awful treatment Julian went through. Lennon would often berate his son to the point of breaking down crying, once yelling at him “I hate the way you fucking laugh” after he giggled.

Now all of this was pretty shocking but what was most upsetting was a statement made by Julian stated years later saying that Paul McCartney was more of a father to him than his own father.

3. He nearly killed a man


The previous two points I’ve made have been ones that I’ve always mentioned when discussing John Lennon as a person. If you haven’t realised by this point in the article then it’s important to note that to judge an artists work then you have to pay little attention to personal matters unless they relate to lyrics or something similar to that. In the same way when judging a person themselves, their music alone has little to do with their character. You can make the best album in the world and still be a shitty person.
The fact that Lennon almost punched a man to death alone is pretty shocking to read but the fact it was about something as petty as being accused of being gay is just painful to read. Thankfully the victim MC Bob Wooler, who was a close friend of the Beatles, got away lightly with broken ribs. This goes to show that Lennon’s behaviour was not exclusive to just partners or family, it was unleashed upon anyone who said the wrong thing at the wrong time.

4. He was a compulsive liar

 At this point it’ll look like I’m clutching at straws. “Everyone lies” you’ll be telling yourselves and to be fair, you wouldn’t be wrong. Most rock stars in the 60’s and 70’s lied and to this day celebrities will do the same.

The reason I bring up this point is this: did these stars lie about being from a working class background? Did these stars lie about being married? Did these stars lie about how they met their partner when in reality they stalked them? What’s probably the worst lie he told was when he talked shortly before his death to the media. “I’ve been spending time baking bread and being a stay at home dad” he told them when in reality he had been feeding his addiction to heroin and living a drug induced haze. Perhaps he was joking, perhaps he wasn’t, the fact of the matter is that Lennon lied about his life to suit his tastes and fuel his ego further.

5. He was a hypocrite

Think of John Lennon right now. The thougts that will pop into your mind might be how he wrote one of the best songs you’ve ever heard Imagine as the lyrics are powerful. You wouldn’t be wrong either since it’s a good song and music itself is subjective like any art.

However, if you listen to the lyrics a bit closer and remember who wrote them, it’ll leave a strange feeling in your mouth. “Imagine no possessions” he sang as he lived a rich lifestyle in one of New York’s poshest hotels. “Imagine no religion” even though he hopped onto everything that came his way, whether it was astrology or Hindu meditation.

While he was in the Beatles he sang about how love is all you need. Is love being violent towards your cherished ones, those who you hold close, or in Lennon’s case don’t hold close at all?

So what do you think? Do you agree with me or do you sympathise with Lennon? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me your opinion @blinkclyro. As always, thanks for reading.

Day 2: The Walking Diet

Very few things genuinely terrify me. Not trying to make myself seem like a hard man, seeing as I’m the total opposite, but I can only list a few things I know would properly scare the fuck out of me. A zombie apocalypse would be one of them.

You might be thinking what this has to do with my vegetarian trial but hear me out. So I was at the hospital today for an undisclosed reason and so had to have the routine thing done I.e get blood pressure and pulse rate checked, lie back on a cold as fuck bed with a revealing coat on.

Anyone who has saw the extremely popular AMC show The Walking Dead will know of the opening scene of the pilot episode. Protagonist Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma in a run down hospital while still plugged into an IV and probably smelling like an alleyway in Glasgow.

This pretty much leads on to my point of even mentioning a zombie apocoplaypse. As I sat there, slowly freezing to death, one thing hit my mind: what if I end up like Rick Grimes? Obviously without the awful beard but faced with the same situation: totally alone in a world that’s been properly savaged by an apocalyptic epidemic.

So why does all of this have to do with being vegetarian? I dunno. Probably quite shite to not eat meat during a fight for your life kind of deal.

Day 1

Where to start…

I think anyone whose career or hobby revolves around writing has struck a period of confusion known as writer’s block: not being able to think of what to write. Recently I’d been suffering the same thing, coming up with ideas but never actually forming anything with them which lead to more frustration and lead to more half thought ideas which lead t- you get the picture. On top of this I’m recently just out of a relationship which adds to the stress but somehow out of all of this, clarity eventually occurred.

So I’m going to be vegetarian for a week.

Right there was no real context to that decision but let me explain. The idea popped into my head last week when some ironic beef occurred when a vegan compared the meat industry to the holocaust which unsurprisingly caused a huge backlash for the guy. After venting about how annoyed I was by it, the idea came to me: have I ever tried to go without the likes of bacon in my life? The short answer? No. Long answer? Fuck no. When I realised this, something clicked. With all the stress that I had experienced in the past couple of weeks with college and personal issues, I felt like I had to challenge myself which made me come to this decision plus I thought it would be quite interesting. The first day was nowhere near as difficult as I expected as I discovered a new favourite food: quorn. I’ll leave that to further entries during the week though since I’ll be going to concerts and other events during the week, meaning I can experience how difficult it can really be. I’ll make a promise now that I won’t grow a Kanye ego about it since I don’t need to scare off the few people that can actually tolerate me.

And before you think what I’m doing is odd, just remember there are people on the internet that identify as wardrobes. So yeah.