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Yoko and I don’t always agree, and I’m often rough on the woman (Don’t worry, Yoko fans–Jen typically has a soft spot for her).
While skimming recent headlines about the Ono-curated exhibit,“John Lennon: The New York City Years”–which launched this week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Annex in Manhattan–I noticed that most leads bore mention to her decision to include a bag of Lennon’s bloody clothes, still soiled from the night of his 1980 murder, in the display. Naturally, I was ready to pounce.
But after processing a bit, I actually began to understand where Ono might be coming from. The bag of clothes is apparently Ono’s statement against gun violence, an epidemic that has claimed 932,000 lives since Lennon’s death. And though she may be crazy (read: though she may have broken up the Beatles) the woman is an icon, a lover of peace, and–in her simplest state–a woman who loved and lost her husband. She may sometimes show it in funny ways, but I do believe she loved her friend/lover/companion truly; and there is not a morning that she rises without missing him or aching at the thought of his bullet-induced death. It’s a pain I can’t even imagine, and something she clearly doesn’t want anyone else to ever experience.
So, in this instance, I’m with Yoko. Trust me, I’m more surprised than you are.
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