Sunday, September 20, 2015

Imagine

"Disturbing footage of John Lennon mocking disabled people leaves fans in shock"

Link to video

27 comments:

AllenS said...

Somebody should shoot him.

john said...

Imagine that.

Lem said...

Suddenly, Chapman, who just now I had confused with Hinckley (the guy who shot Reagan), doesn't look so bad.

Wow.

ricpic said...

Ah c'mon, you're telling me you never mocked a gimp? R-i-i-i-ght, you're all a bunch of saints.

Lem said...

Distant Instant Karma.

edutcher said...

So what else is news?

He always was a self-important micro-intellect in love with his own opinion and the sound of his own voice.

Just like someone else we all know and love.

Aridog said...

Allen S ... Good one. :-) Of course you know, someone did.

Aridog said...

The remnants of John Lennon.

Meade said...

To some degree we're all disabled in one way or another.

"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I'll 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."

chickelit said...

C'mon people, that was just his Joe Cocker impression.

Chip Ahoy said...

This is terrible. Terrible.

I laughed because I myself am terrible. Fuck me, I just am. I laughed because it went on so long. What odd moves to make. Yesterday my leg spazzed exactly like that. I directed it go forward gracefully and plant mechanically with force of trained dancer, I did, but instead it jerked backward, the conflict created that movement he's joking about and IT SNOT FUNNY!

But I laughed at him anyway. That's the opposite of children today. Did I mention the little tykes running around noisily 4th of July suddenly went quiet as I struggled like a infant giraffe up on uncertain noodle-legs and they applauded spontaneously when I got up, as children do. Sweet.

Yesterday I was reminded of that horrible day in low-ceiling remodeled basement of deplorable design, playing cards. They were playing cards, I and a few others were just there. Distracted and quiet while dealing the deck I related a quick story of my deaf friends doing the same thing in a printshop where they all worked. At fourteen I went in to bug them and take up their time on their lunch. I imposed myself on them to learn their language and they tolerated me just barely. Two of them, say, a decade older than I and youngest of the group of four, about twenty-four or twenty-five yeas old, could partially hear.Their speech was unmodulated but they still could speak. I related a story of them playing cards, playing the same game, spades, they did the exact same thing of exchange one card, pass your worst card to your neighbor, or across, or whatever they make the rule to be, the youngest hard-of-hearing deaf said in unmodulated voice loudly over the printshop noise "Hey! You. Gave. Me. The. Black. BITCH! my story delivered in sincere honest description of everyday happening the whole room exploded with uncontrolled laughter amplified by the tight acoustics down there and there was NOTHING funny about it. I was crushed, truly, and it showed on my face and that doubled the humor for them and they laughed twice as hard as I shrank inside my shoe in shame for doing that, an honest sincere impression, description really, chairs pushed away from the table, players bent over, scrambled their cards, even Jiva who wasn't playing, the kindest-hearted Hari Krishna ever who looks like Tiny Tim could not stop laughing. It ruined the game. It ruined the hand. They had to re-deal and start over and they chuckled the whole rest of the game and I honestly felt like shit for betraying my friends to humor entirely unintended and it taught me a serious lesson to never do that again.



Lem said...

C'mon people, that was just his Joe Cocker impression.

LOL

William said...

John Lennon was certainly no better than the rest of us, but, at the time he did this, it just wasn't that shocking. He also used to slap around his first wife. Even then that was considered bad, but it wasn't considered heinous.....Why is it that people who can figure out how to compose a few catchy chord changes are considered to have some deep reservoir of wisdom and humanity that the rest of us lack? Musical talent, like the ability to a hit a 90 mph fastball, is rare and enviable, but such talent doesn't translate across to other fields of human endeavor......I'm always annoyed when some rock star with multiple failed marriages and frequent trips to rehab is considered a source of political wisdom.

AllenS said...

"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink."

and, a non-Christian will blow your brains out.

Amartel said...

Point to Jesus. Christianity is still around but rock n roll is dead and gone. Overproduced conformity is the order of the day. Elevator music, now with porn.

Lennon had contempt for his screaming fans. I don't blame him. Not that he was the great intellectual as his fans saw him but being disgusted with the unhinged hero worship. Yeah, it's gross. Imagine there's no retahds. I wonder if you can. Meanwhile, corporate Paul had his eye on the ball, the money honey.

The fans are in shock? I doubt it. The fans gave King Putt a pass when he joked about the Special Olympics. They give him a pass on everything. Hahahahaha. HilaRRRRrious. So edgy. I was like totally thinnking the same thing! Suck it, Palin. Durrrrh. 50 years later ... yawn. Other better things to rage about.

rcocean said...

I must have missed it, but when was John Lennon ever a nice guy? He always struck me as arrogant and egotistical like most successful artists.

rcocean said...

I don't John Lennon ever graduated from the English equivalent of High school and his whole experience in life was spent playing a guitar and singing but I guess if do that well enough that makes you an expert in Life, the Universe, and Everything.

Showbiz people, don't they know everything?

Methadras said...

Now John Lennon knows how Donald Trump feels. Oh wait.

edutcher said...

rcocean said...

I don't John Lennon ever graduated from the English equivalent of High school and his whole experience in life was spent playing a guitar and singing but I guess if do that well enough that makes you an expert in Life, the Universe, and Everything.

We know he went there because he and the rest of the soon-to-be Beatles and some of the other guys who became rock'n'roll acts in their wake spent all their time after class playing guitar.

Homework was apparently a distant second.

rcocean said...

"We know he went there because he and the rest of the soon-to-be Beatles and some of the other guys who became rock'n'roll acts in their wake spent all their time after class playing guitar."

It laughable and sad at the same time, that people like Lennon have an impact on politics and culture. I mean c'mon they just sing songs. Yet their songs somehow impact people on a big emotional level. So big, that people dream of fucking them (if they're women) and emulating them (if they're men). Their are people who get drunk on music, its their entire lives. And other people will listen to musicians talk about politics and life and swallow every word.

I remember asking my parents if anyone cared what Frank Sinatra thought about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and everyone laughed. The boomer changed that attitude.

windbag said...

C'mon, Tom Hanks won an Academy Award when he did that.

Methadras said...

It was the 60's. I think people were allowed to derp from time to time.

chickelit said...

John Belushi does Joe Cocker.

bagoh20 said...

Lem, where is was the goddamned trigger warning. I just watched the video, and bam! I'm devastated, shaking and cold. I need a hug now.

ndspinelli said...

There's a pretty good documentary on Harry Nillson on Netflix. Lennon used to go on benders w/ the infamous alcoholic/drug addict Nillson. Apparently Yoko tolerated it.

Meade said...

"Somebody should shoot him."

Yeah. For making fun of spastics.

https://youtu.be/vcnNjcICVTk

Mitch H. said...

I remember asking my parents if anyone cared what Frank Sinatra thought about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and everyone laughed

They must have cared a little. He and his connected friends helped get that mediocrity (and brother-in-law to one of his Rat-Pack sidekicks) JFK elected, was reportedly pretty pissed that it didn't get him any "access" after the election.