So here’s a master post of John Lennon’s shittiness. I added much more info about cultural appropriation in his music. I also submitted this to Your Fave is Problematic. :3Sexism/abuse
- publicly admitted to hitting the women he dated
- abusive toward both his wives, including Yoko Ono and his son
- was controlling in his relationship with Yoko Ono, making her follow him everywhere (including the bathroom)—and made her list all the men she had slept with, which he shamed her for, and did various other controlling/abusive things
- wrote this misogynistic song that threatens violence against women
Homophobia and antisemitism
- was antisemitic and homophobic, and made antisemetic/homophobic comments toward Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ gay and Jewish manager
- even beat someone nearly to death for even insinuating that he had an affair with Brian Epstein: he never apologized for the incident, despite using the excuse for being drunk at the time, stating, “he called me a bloody queer, and I bashed in his ribs for it.’ Later, when he was older, and supposedly “reformed” he claimed he just “wanted to show he was a man” at that age…
- wrote the racist song: “Woman is the ‘N-word’ of the world” (except he used the actual word not n-word) tw in link for racial slur; discussion here explaining why the song is racist (again tw for slur) post explains the song, not only uses a slur but also erases Black women, and equates sexism non-black women face with anti-blackness) (one lyric: “women is the slave to the slaves”)
- appropriating/stealing music from Black artists: stole riffs, melodies and even lyrics from Black artists, to name but a few examples: I Feel Fine from Bobby Parker;
We Gotta Work It Out from Stevie Wonder [edit: oops that was a cover by Stevie Wonder of the Beatles!]; Day Tripper from Bo Diddly; and was sued for stealing Come Together from Chuck Berry; and did many covers where Black vocal styles are appropriated: Twist and Shout from Isley Brothers, Money from Barrett Strong/Berry Gordy, Some Other Guy from Ritchie Barrett—examples go on and on
- appropriation of Indian music and culture, including the appropriation of traditional Indian instruments, spiritual/religious beliefs, perpetuating harmful stereotypes and white supremacy; examples of appropriation in music here, here, here; and this video is an example of not only appropriation of the sitar but Indian spirituality (“om” in the song Across the Universe) and in fetishizing/exoticizing spiritual practices in India
- often made offensive comments about disabled people (note that the jerk who wrote the article in the link makes ridiculous excuses for him)
- mimicked people with developmental disabilities
- stated that disabled people touching him was “horrifying” and continually referred to disabled people as “cr*pples”; talked about disabled fans in extremely ableist, demeaning ways
- made a song called “Cr*ppled Inside” with an ableist slur to appropriate the pain of disabled people to describe his “internal pain” as a white abled man
Harassment/bullying/acts of violence
- Committed various humiliating/violent acts toward strangers and friends: threw knives at people in the audience at concerts, being a violent drunk and getting in fights with friends, etc.; also dubbed Germans at a concert “Nazis” and “Hitlerites”
- he may have been responsible for the death of former bandmate Stuart Sutcliffe, on top of more heinous behavior, including urinating on nuns
best verse ever
I’m sorry, but when did Cinco de Mayo become a holiday for white people?
When did it become acceptable to don stereotypical sombreros and ponchos and mustaches and get shitfaced?
You can’t pay us slave wages, make fun of our accents, treat us like lesser human beings, mock us, call us ‘spics’, ‘wetbacks’, and ‘illegals’, and then claim our culture for yourselves.
Today is a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
NOT. FUCKING. YOU.
please remember that “g*psy” is a racial slur and that the sexualization and romanticization of the stereotypes associated with Walking People is really fucking b a d and shouldn’t happen
and that the stereotypes surrounding Walking People are racist as fuck so just don’t
- Saying she wants to skin Japanese people and wear them like Versace
- Calling Rihanna a “hoodrat”
- Calling Rihanna a “hoodrat” AGAIN
- Calling Rihanna a “hoodrat” A THIRD TIME
- Her incredibly homophobic song “Ur So Gay” which includes the line “I hope you hang yourself with your H&M scarf”
- Trivialized bisexuality in song “I Kissed A Girl”
- This trans*phobic tweet
- “You can’t be a full [t-word] every day of the week… that’s an exaggerated part of my personality.”
- Demonstrates unsafe binding technique using ace bandages in her Part Of Me video (For more info on why using ace bandages is dangerous/info on safer but still cheap binding methods, check out this post on Queercents)
- Casual appropriation and sexualization of saris and bindis
Dear Feminists, this is how retarded you act like in real life:
Let’s start by ignoring the fact that all you look like here is an over-zealous Monopoly player.
No one is asking to be mugged. If you went out dressed like this (and that was real money), you aren’t asking to be mugged. You don’t want to be mugged. You don’t deserve to be mugged.
The reality of the situation is that, yes, you’re somewhat more likely to be mugged if you’re dressed like that. But you’re still not “asking for it”, and if you were to press charges against the person who mugged you? No one would claim you were. You wouldn’t have to fight to have your attacker face consequence. If you were someone of enough importance that you being mugged would be reported on the news, the media would not sympathize with your attackers and say that you’re ruining their lives by reporting that they mugged you. They would get the standard sentence, and the fact that you happened to be dressed in a way that showcased you have a lot of money.
You wouldn’t be alienated and belittled by your friends and family or abandoned by your significant other for something you couldn’t control. You wouldn’t be denied coverage for any medical attention you may need because the police “couldn’t be sure you were mugged” even if there was more than enough evidence.
You wouldn’t be forced to be surrounded by people making jokes where the crime committed against you is the punchline.
Because no one is “asking” to be mugged.
If you were wearing a shirt that said “Kill me” and someone murdered you, would people say you were asking for it? No. For any other crime, no one is ever considered to have been asking for it.
The problem is that rape is treated differently. Even though it’s just as horrific a crime as being mugged or robbed, and often has far worse psychological effects in the long run, it’s treated as a fact of life and it happening is so frequently considered to be the fault of the victim. (Even though this inherently doesn’t make sense, because how can you be asking for something that is by definition a non-consensual act?)
Victims are being blamed for the actions of criminals, and that (at least for a white, heterosexual, cisgender man like yourself) would never happen in regard to any other crime. It’s inexcusable.
Because you know what? Women are not raped because of what they’re wearing, or how much they had to drink, or any other factor. Completely sober women in turtlenecks and cargo pants are raped. Women were raped in petticoats and bloomers. Rape happens because of the rapists, not the victims. Even if no woman ever showed an inch of skin or ever impaired their judgement with recreational drinking, rape would still happen.
And yet society is systematically protecting the criminals at the expense of the victims. If that happened with murderers, there would be a world-wide outcry.
The moral of the story is, stop thinking of rape as “just sex” or what have you. It’s a crime and it needs to be treated like any other crime.
Angryfeministlucifer is the bomb
Donald Glover talking about the comments he received during his campaign to be the next Spider-Man (x)“I was talking about it with Dan Eckman, who directed my Bonfire video. Can you imagine that trailer? That would be dope. Like it makes sense… a poor black kid in Queens. Like it just fits.”