Sean Lennon Has Sorta Rolled Away From the Tree

Sean Lennon Has Sorta Rolled Away From the Tree

Sean Lennon Has Sorta Rolled Away From the Tree

Don’t get me wrong: Sean Lennon, the 45-year-old son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, is no conservative. But his social media comments show that he may be a wee bit more temperate than his parents. And as an American citizen (he was born in New York City), Lennon has thoughts about some stuff happening here in the USA.

To be sure, Sean Lennon has given support to some pretty liberal causes. For example, in 2011 he joined fellow rocker Rufus Wainwright in performing before New York’s Occupy Wall Street bums protestors. Ironically the boy who was born into rock ‘n roll royalty and wealth did a cover of Madonna’s “Material Girl” while performing for anti-capitalists. Go figure.

Lennon also wrote an editorial for the New York Times voicing his opposition to fracking, and also started an anti-fracking campaign which attracted other celebrities. Plus, in 2016 he described himself as a pacifist, and as a result, an anarchist. Whatever. Apparently some of his parents’ dottiness runs through his veins.

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(“Stay in bed and grow your hair” is an alternative to violence? We’ve done that. It was called COVID quarantine, and it didn’t exactly quell violence, did it? But I digress.)

However, Sean Lennon surprises us with his common sense because he’s not exactly “woke.” In fact, he’s mocked it, most recently aiming at rioters in Portland, OR.

Over the weekend, Antifa vandals were busy once again, this time tearing down statues of Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln on Sunday. Lennon couldn’t quite understand why they would do such a thing, especially the statue of Lincoln. So he tweeted this:

A Twitter user responded with this:

“Maybe Antifa tore down Abraham Lincoln’s statue for Columbus Day due to the speech Lincoln delivered at the White House to 14 Indian chiefs about how Indians should stop hunting and raiding and settle down to farming liked we pale-faced people do.”

Whereupon Lennon replied:

“Well they sure showed that statue a thing or two about a thing or two. I’m sure everyone is impressed.”

He also wondered why the Pyramids of Giza were still standing because, you know, slavery! 

And, once again, a Twitter user tried to educate him.

“Dope take. The pharaohs are long gone, over 2000 years…but nazis, racists, and nationalist symbols from the last 200 years is a fair comparison.”

Once again, Sean Lennon fired back at the nonsense:

“You, me, alive now, they, no live now. We here, they gone. Does that help?”

But this isn’t the first time that Sean Lennon has dipped his toe into the Waters of Anti-Woke. In April, he criticized the media for wringing their hands over referring to COVID-19 as the “Wuhan Virus,” saying it’s raaaacist. Lennon declared what we’ve known all along: that the mainstream media have lost their credibility.

He also wondered why it was such a shocker when Bloomberg announced that China’s COVID numbers weren’t exactly legit.

Now one could point out that Sean Lennon’s mother is Yoko Ono, making him Japanese from her side. And Japan doesn’t trust China (which is something that American liberals should learn, but that’s another story). So maybe Yoko isn’t quite so politically correct, either. On top of that, Sean participated in a Tibetan Freedom Concert series in 2019, so perhaps some anti-China bias rubbed off from mother to son.

It’s still refreshing, however, to see that the son of John Lennon, the most whacked-out member of the Beatles, has rolled away from his father’s tree. Somewhat, anyway. After all, Sean Lennon is no conservative, and people on the right who get excited when a celebrity says something which tickles their ears should just settle down. Lennon won’t be showing up at Trump rallies or joining the GOP. But it’s still refreshing to see the son of a Beatle think outside the progressive box now and then, and to push back against his critics too. Good on him.


Featured image: MEDIOESCODIDO/flickr/cropped/CC BY 2.0. 

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

  • Slow Joe Crow says:

    He’s moving in the right direction, just look at the recent piece in the Guardian where John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols says he’s voting for Trump because of the economy.

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      The difference here, if I’m correct, would be that Johnny Rotten came from a working class background, as did Roger Daltrey, who’s a supporter of Brexit. They would be more attracted to populism, IMHO. But Sean Lennon grew up in privilege. He’s more a fit for elitist thinking, which makes his comments all the more surprising.

      He’s no doubt an intelligent and independent thinker.

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