John Lennon: Douchebag?



The short answer:  Yes.  The long answer:  Read on and be enlightened.

See, John Lennon gets a heap of credit for being a musical genius, a free spirit, and all the other good things that accompany dying early (see:  TuPac, Biggie, Elvis, Heath, Lindsay Lohan circa next year, Honest Abe, JFK, and Jesus).  He does not, however, get enough credit for being the asshole that he was.  Curious?  Irate?  Turned on?  Let’s continue.

So I was perusing Wikipedia…what, you’re not even gonna let me finish before callously dismissing all that I have to say simply because Wikipedia is liable to scrutiny?  Well, before you throw a hissy-fit about how Wikipedia is an illegitimate source of information, I will have you know that I have meticulously verified every minute detail of information–utilizing the extensive measures of clicking on the links provided at the bottom of the Wikipedia page–to ensure that I was not duped and, by extension, you were not duped.  Did I actually read the sources?  What, are you kidding me?  Hells no,  I’ll take me the cliff-notes version instead!

At any rate, I am sure you have already skipped to this point in the blog, unable to contain your curiosity and unable to humor my preamble ramblings.  Well, here is the overarching fact which legitimizes all the others:  John Lennon was a douchebag.  Not only did he ignore the existence of his first wife so as not to vaccinate his rabid female fanbase, but he also cheated on her and beat her.  In his own words:  “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.  That is why I am always on about peace.”  I guess there is something to be said for the overt desire for rehabilitation in his tone, but it is one thing to be all about peace because you know about violence first hand, and quite another when it was your own hand that caused the violence.  Douchebag.

As we all know, John Lennon is associated with one particular woman:  Yoko Ono.  What we all might not know is that in the late ’60’s Lennon and Ono began becoming estranged.  And so, Lennon took his 18-month self-proclaimed Lost Weekend with May Pang, his receptionist.  So he did some naughty things with her, maybe attempted to strangle her a little; you know, the usual for peace-love John.  Then Yoko came back and allegedly had Lennon brainwashed not to love May Pang anymore–though he did retain her has his receptionist and mistress.  Douchebag.

But it wasn’t just women:  Lennon was an equal-opportunity asshole.  He beat the shit out of a friend for jokingly insinuating that he was homosexually involved with one Brian Epstein.  In Lennon’s words:  “He called me a queer, so I battered his bloody ribs in.”  It should be noted that Lennon even admitted to having an unconsummated love-affair with the one and only Brian Epstein.  It should also be noted that Lennon treated Mr. Epstein with the same respect that he showed all his female partners:  He mocked Epstein not only for his homosexuality but also for his Judaism.  Upon learning that Epstein was writing an autobiography, Lennon suggested the title:  Queer Jew.  Dude, that’s not even clever;  it’s an insulting insult, really.  Then, upon learning that the actual title was to be A Cellarful of Noise, Lennon suggested A Cellarful of Boys.  Okay, John, that is a bit more clever, though certainly not clever enough to condone the sentiment.  Also, while originally recording the song Baby, You’re a Rich Man, Lennon altered the chorus just for Epstein:  “Baby, you’re a rich fag Jew.”  Douchebag.

Lastly, I will leave you with an excerpt from a Playboy interview taken shortly before John Lennon’s death.  This section of the interview is about the difference between his two sons, Julian and Sean:  “Sean was a planned child, and therein lies the difference.  I don’t love Julian any less as a child.  He’s still my son, whether he came from a bottle of whiskey or because they didn’t have pills in those days.  He’s here, he belongs to me, and he always will…Julian and I will have a relationship in the future.”  Well, Julian was 17 at the time of that interview.  I would have thought you would have had a relationship with him before he became a man.  According to Julian, Paul McCartney was more of a father to him than Lennon.  But, hey:  Lennon predicted that he and Julian would, indeed, have a relationship going forward.  Then John Lennon got shot.  Then Julian found out that his father had left him, and I quote, “very little” in his will.  Douche and bag.

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55 thoughts on “John Lennon: Douchebag?

  1. John Lennon, a douchebag? Imagine.

  2. Cynthia says:

    I have ALWAYS KNOWN IT. He was much worse and a total hypocrite. I believe he secretly laughed at how gullible his fans were. I don’t even agree that he was especially talented.

  3. Anonymous says:

    i always knew he was a douche

  4. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see you have the time to pursue such fantasies asshole.

    • RCbunny says:

      I believe a comma belongs between “fantasies” and “asshole.” And, I am likewise glad to see that you have the time to indulge delusions. Lennon was a dick, and it’s not my fault.

    • Hey Anonymous…good thing you remained thus. Didn’t have the intestinal fortitude to leave your name, but you were sure original in that “asshole” word. Thought that up on your own, did you?! IMAGINE!

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  6. Carolina says:

    I think the fact that he enjoyed imitating mentally disabled people onstage says it all. I found this article darkly funny. But, then again, I have never really liked The Beatles.

    • Hah, really? I found it depressing, he was my idol. Until last night I was watching an interview of him and he admitted into hitting a lady. And then I caught onto the song “Run for your Life” – The Beatles and I did research found my way here, I`m now disgusted and just torn. P.s The Beatles kick ass, not John, just them, their music. You should try to like them, they are my favorite everything. Oh yeah and him imitating mentally disabled people in my opinion was a joke, not to hurt, I would like to hear what you think so reply.

  7. It is so HILARIOUS that I was thinking of John Lennon to be my legend/idol and he was a total FAG. He beat women for no reason, in my opinion women want equality so bad that we should be able to be hit like a man, but under CIRCUMSTANCES. He hit ladies for no reason. Then I learn he was so into drugs that the reason his bold chin turned into the triangular point of a fucking knife that has just wounded me. I am so blown away at the things he did. So much respect has been lost for him, from me. And I`m against child abuse (especially younger ones) and he was THE WORST FUCKING FATHER EVER. I just feel, used and so ignorant about people now.

  8. Erik says:

    Michayla, you have some good points, but please, shut up. You’re presenting them in a really annoying way.

  9. John says:

    John Lennon’s estate when he died was valued at 400 million. Based on todays dollars that would be equivalent to billions. Yet he wrote “imagine no posessions. I wonder if you can?”

    That’s all you need to know. He was a phony.

    • UWOTM8 says:

      Sooo… He wasn’t allowed to have the money he earned because he wrote a song containing some lyrics about having no possession?
      Get real.

      • Anonymous says:

        Yea exactly. He is telling us to not embrace posessions the way we do but has 400 million of his own money. He tells us to share the world with each other but shares little of his own wealth with less fortunate.

        400 million? Couldn’t he have gotten by on say 40 million?


      • Anonymous says:

        He was a stain on the sheets of humanity.

  10. Kevin says:

    People still hatin’ on Lennon. Amazing.

  11. A+ says:

    Being in a band as big as the Beatles i’m sure fanned his ego into the dickhead stratosphere even further. His songs about peace and love were probably more about his longing to be the person he wasn’t deep inside.

    • RCbunny says:

      That’s actually a pretty generous reading of the man. It complicates him in a favorable way. I hope it’s true. At least that makes him the victim of perspective–that he knew what it meant to be good, but, also, knew that he, himself, was not good. That’s sort of tragic, right?

  12. I used to love john says:

    I used to love john and in some cases he was even my favorite. I will always have respect for his music but not the man. And Well you know what?! Paul is my favorite now. and it’s only half due to the fact it would really piss John off bec Paul is always the favorite. Take that you asshole!

  13. Rex0r says:

    I’m still suspicious about the credibility of your sources. Never trust Wikipedia. Ever.

    • skweefie says:

      don’t be suspicious… do your own research. Everything he says is absolutely true. John Lennon beat his wife as well as others and admitted to same. He did not acknowledge his own son and did not even make up for it. Not even after his death. He put on a charade for the public and pretended to be a big peace loving advocate but was just a stoner who was insecure about himself. Like most famous people he was self obsessed and didn’t care about anyone unless they were called John or Lennon. He was involved in the hippy movement because it is what all the cool kids were doing at the time. All in all, a complete TWAT. The Beatles made some great music but he just wanted more focus on himself so went an about the peace loving stuff and gained a huge following because of it. Instead of doubting the author, do a bit of research yourself. That’s what is good about the internet. You don’t have to believe everything you read. It is up to you to decide what you believe but don’t just hate. Gain perspective and don’t use wiki for your college work but it is a credible place to gain an overall picture of something so that you can do your own research. Thank you rant over.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Very interesting.. As a child I always cringed when I saw John Lennon interviews, or even just heard his voice. I didn’t understand why, but I had a very strong, intuitive aversion to the man. Now that I’m 23 years old reading this makes so much sense. I could just tell that something about him was off. I also never really liked his music at all. Completely overrated douche bag.

  15. Gemma says:

    First of all, it was Yoko that kicked Lennon out, and SHE was the one who assigned May Pang to him. (not to mention that this all happened in the early 70’s, and not the 60’s. So much for Wikipedia) Secondly, he wrote, “Imagine no possessions”, not, “I have no possessions”.

  16. Joey Prowler says:

    LOL this is hilarious!! OMG……John Lennon was human? OMG…… he made mistakes? I am shocked! And for the record, Yoko kicked HIM out. So much for Wikipedia……..The fact that I’m reading this over 30 years AFTER his death proves that Lennon is still relevant…….more so I suspect than the author of this “painstakingly” researched rant that is filled with things already known and things that are not 100% accurate……..ah……the internet.

    • Anonymous says:

      You can be human without being a trash. What’s the matter with Yoko kicking him out ? And reading this 30 years after prove there was a damn smoke screen between what Lennon was projecting and what he truly was. Ah… Fame.

  17. James says:

    Of course Lennon was an asshole. So was Mozart and Beethoven. What I haven’t heard anyone point out is that Lennon and now Yucko were absolutely obsessed with their reputation. When Lennon was an early Beatle, he sucked up to British journalists and played brilliant writer, philosopher, social commentator. This is why he was the “Intellectual” Beatle. Paul became the Politician. George became the Quiet Beatle, and Ringo was Ringo. But, Lennon always made it a point to make sure his historical persona was the way he wanted to be perceived. And now :Yucko, who is barely capable of “Love” promotes the John and Yoko/Romeo and Juliet, serious artists. Let’s put it this way. Yucko was to art what Manson was to an innocent child. She was a “conceptual” artist, which means all she was capable of was self indulgent bullshit that shows contempt for anyone listening to her. Like John Cage coming out on stage and sitting at a piano and doing nothing for X number of minutes and calling that art. No, anyone that would marry Yucko was an idiot that had done too much acid. But, he wrote some great songs. Just how important were McCartney, Martin, and Harrison is the really interesting question.

  18. […] occasion). Actually Lennon was an asshole on many occasions. Many performers and celebrities are, but Lennon was particularly a douchebag. I never quite understood why people thought Lennon was some living saint. I would not bother […]

  19. John Leper says:

    That’s all? Oh, Lennon was much worse. He insulted the Turtles’ rhythm guitarist into quitting the band. He could be a real asshole when he wanted to. He was a real hypocrite too.

  20. I had absolute NOTHING to do with it.

  21. hall says:

    Yes, you are correct sir. He was all that & more… a hypocritical, ddeceitful, self loathing blamer in denial. A faggot Satanist as well. Yet he is a charmer, & a generous scholar when compared with faul.

  22. Gort says:

    John Lennon was a sarcastic nihilist, even as a young man. He was a pompous, self serving whiner.

    • Meme says:

      I agree. Very cruel. I wish I could remember the name of the friend of John’s that mentioned about his wonderful love songs and John sarcastically said it was all about the money…HAHAHAHAHA

  23. leo retrossi says:

    No question john had problems looking back on his childhood how could he not be angry and resentful. But he co wrote the best rock music ever recorded nothing will ever equal sgt peppers nothing. It would be interesting to see john today 2014 if he had lived would he still be hurting people or would he have changed i guess will never know john rip.

    • Gort says:

      That’s very true. I guess you have to try to separate the man from the artist when you talk about John Lennon. I think given enough time the man would have probably caught up with the great artist he was.

  24. Anonymous says:

    It wouldn’t be so bad if he was just considered another song writer. But to make him out to be Gandhi is just so nauseating. And then they take that “Gandhi image” and spin it into him being so talented….Well I never thought he was that talented. If you take that public image away and then listen to his music you realize how bad it is.

  25. Anonymous says:

    What right do you have in judging this man, you people are the real “assholes.” I understand now why Americans say haters going to hate, John Lennon was a good man, and we can’t even garentee that all of the this garbage is true. Yes, this page is garbage. Its all just a bunch of rumors

    • lanceash says:

      1. Anyone has every right in the world to judge anything, even other people.
      2.John Lennon was a “good” man? What does that mean? Everyone is a combination of good and evil. Let us say that, on balance, he was “good.” Does that mean that we can’t condemn the bad things he did?
      3.Everything on this page is garbage and rumors? No. Everything alleged here is documented by historical record, including Lennon’s own words.
      This is a recurring theme: people elevate others to hero status and then won’t hear a word spoken against them. This is especially true of famous musicians like Lennon and Frank Zappa. People want to believe that they were paragons, exemplars of how to live one’s life and approach one’s art. A far better mindset is to look at a person’s whole life and persona and decide which parts to emulate and which parts to reject.

  26. moletrap says:

    As time went on John who was the original leader of the band became jealous of Paul who was a fountain of creativity and also the one who would lead them into a more progressive music style (about the sergeant peppers time)and away from the basic rock and roll that John was about. Paul became the driving force behind the Beatles and John would ridicule Paul saying his songs were stupid or dippy. John could not face the fact that the train had already left his station. Not to say he was not a large part of the original great music collaborations but that all changed as Pauls songs were the big successes. John proved his genius with several songs after the Beatles but he was wildly influenced by Yoko who would poison his mind and feed his ego problems concerning Paul. John was an emotional and troubled soul dealing with problems from his childhood and yes somewhat of a hypocrite while promoting his peace campaign. Yoko was just a weirdo.

  27. Just a homie says:

    Lets not forget when McCartney wrote ob-la-di ob-la-da and Lennon called it “granny music shit”, ran off and got high, came back, sped the song up and forced McCartney to release the version where he fucked up the lyrics

  28. peter devries says:

    Not that your lennon=asshole hypothesis needs any more bolstering but after watching nowhere boy, where he admits to being a dick, and reading how he lured his estranged father in 1970 to Tittenhurst only to verbally abuse him in front of his wife and kids as part of some bullsh*t primal rage therapy I would say he should get a life-long douchebag achievement award.

  29. Cool musician but awful human. Not someone most of us would’ve liked to spend time with off stage, I’d imagine. Not unless you’re a celebrity-worshiping groupie.

    One thing that’s not mentioned too frequently is John’s substance abuse issues. We all know about his heroin habit but before that it was speed & booze & LSD & pot &… He was under the influence much of his career. That’s often a sign of a damaged person. Was Lennon abused or neglected as a child? Something has to account for his vile behavior. Poor Julian and Cynthia 😦

  30. Roy Pryer says:

    For all the reasons you give above for Lennon being a Douchebag. They are the reason i like him. Roy.

  31. Anonymous says:

    yikes. didn’t know. and still posting about it after 6 years! i’m a stones fan. the beatles are ok, but their lyrics depressing. anyone know how Mick compares to John as a human? hope you don’t ruin it, but it’s always better to know the truth

  32. Zornorph says:

    No question Lennon was an asshole, but Yucko made him look like a saint in comparison! It’s such a shame that he was shot when he was because I’m convinced he would have eventually dumped her. Lennon did do some good stuff but as Paul put it, he wasn’t ‘Martin Luther Lennon’ and he wouldn’t have wanted to have been remembered that way.
    I will say that he was quite honest about this in his music – apart from Run For Your Life, Jealous Guy hardly makes him out to be much of a husband. in Norwegian Wood, he burns down a woman’s apartment out of spite.

  33. gunlockblog says:

    You’re the douche bag. Lennon was a talented genius and not to make excuses for him he did indeed have a depressing start in life. He rose above it and more than made up for it more than the Bullshit words in your article. Douchebag

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  35. sdfiuhdiuv says:

    I’d like to believe that Lennon wised up before his death, but who knows. His music is awesome, he founded the greatest rock band of all time, and honestly, very few rock stars from that era were decent people.

    I know, I know, it still doesn’t change the fact that he was an asshole, particularly the thing about beating the hell out of people. But if I had grown up without my parents around, with everyone in my life treating me like I was some sort of freak loser all the time, it would probably make me an arrogant douchebag too.

  36. Rick says:

    I have always hated Lennon.I wish that some one had killed him much earlier.He was a commie shitbag.I wish he was still alive,so some one,not me of course,could kill him in a horribly painful way.

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