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.