Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Counter-culture Journals (文革)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Was John Lennon conservative?

By SJ Otto
Did John Lennon really turn conservative in his final years? Did he become a Ronald Reagan fan? All of this comes from his personal assistant. On his words alone quite a few people have decided that Lennon was conservative. But just how conservative was he? Did he really turn on all the people who supported him all his life and those who looked up to him? I for one have relegalized lately not to put celebrities on a pedestal. They will disappoint us every time. For some answers to this I turned to Andrew Romano of  The Daily Beast:

Was John Lennon a conservative?
Scores of balding, graying, drooping Baby Boomer peaceniks must have choked on their sweet and sour seitan Wednesday when reports surfaced about the “shocking” claim made by Lennon’s last personal assistant in a new documentary. According to Fred Seaman, who worked for Lennon from February 1979 until he was shot and killed by a deranged fan on December 8, 1980, the counterculture icon who once asked us to imagine a world without organized religion, personal property, or national sovereignty was, in fact, a secret Ronald Reagan fan.
“John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on Jimmy Carter,” says Seaman. “He’d met Reagan back, I think, in the ‘70s at some sporting event [and] did express support for [him], which shocked me.”
According to the Toronto Sun, Seaman goes on to reveal that “John embark[ed] in [sic] some really brutal arguments” with the assistant’s communist uncle, making it “pretty obvious [that] he had moved away from his earlier radicalism.” Lennon “was a very different person back in 1979 and ‘80 than he’d been when he wrote ‘Imagine,’” Seaman says. “By 1979 he looked back on that guy and was embarrassed by that guy’s naivete.”

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