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Yoko Ono: 'Sexism, Racism' Made Me an Easy Scapegoat for Beatles Break-Up (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Oct 20th 2010 4:37PM
Yoko Ono, who lost husband John Lennon almost 30 years ago, sat down for a rare interview on 'Anderson Cooper 360' (weeknights 10PM ET on CNN). She told Cooper why she thinks so many music fans blame her for the breakup of the Beatles.

"I think that I was used as a scapegoat, and I was a very easy scapegoat, a Japanese women, you know, whatever" she told Cooper.

"You think some of it was sexism, racism?" Cooper wondered.

"Sexism, racism," Ono agreed. "But also, just remember that the United States and Britain were fighting with Japan in World War II, it was just after that in a way, so I can understand how they felt."

That's an interesting theory, which likely has some validity. However, Ono's pitchy singing voice and unconventional art may also have had something to do with it.

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martingibsonusa

I have been a musician all my life and of the many bands I have been in, it was always some busy-body band member's wanna be a musician manipulating wife trying to run the show was responsible for every single band break-up.

October 22 2010 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jaba

Regarding her singing, anyone ever hear JOE COCKER? And, while I'm on it, how about Michael Bolton? Talk about someone sounding like a bull moose bellowing when in heat! Apparently, John Lennon loved Yoko. Whatever he considered "artistic", was his call. How it affected his career was, as well.

October 21 2010 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marc

There will always be those who would rather blame racism or sexism or whateverism, than face the truth about themselves.

October 21 2010 at 2:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ohedron42

BULLSHIT!!!! Yoko just sucks and she was just SELFISH. Plus she is a BITCH. thats why the other Beatles didn't like her. I would LOVE to hear Sir Paul's, George, and Ringo's point of view. I'm SURE it would be the truth. Not some howling scratching LIE.

October 21 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jack

First the war had been over for 23 years when John met Yoko, so I do not agree with the racism comment. Two of the other Beatles were married at the time. You didn't see their wives hanging around Abby Road. The Beatles were a foursome & when John started including Yoko in the Beatles projects it was resented by the rest of the group. Yoko should have stuck to her art & let John & Paul stick to their's.
She had to sense the tension in the studio, but she didn't care.

October 21 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tena

Oh, brother!
I think back then people didn't like her, not because she was Japanese, but because they think she broke up the marriage of John & Cynthia Lennon. She had her own agenda....her music. I still don't like the fact that John Lennon deserted his son, Julian, basically.
In the long run, a Beatles breakup was inevitable. They were going in different directions. No one was to blame.

October 21 2010 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

Her singing sounds like a room full of cats being strangled.

October 21 2010 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael

YOKO:

It was not racism or anything like it. You stepped out in front- recording with John, etc. Most, if not all, of the public did not understand your voice or your art. So, you did not EARN your place "on stage"- and the public rightly resented you for standing up there, and taking advantage. So what if John asked you to? The RIGHT thing to do (read: non-narcissistic) was to say "NO, John- I'll record and perform when and if I have earned it- not because you already have a platform YOU have earned". And you should have kept on refusing. But you didn't- you grabbed the spotlight, with what most people felt was little or no talent, and stayed right there. If you had stayed far in the background, and stayed to your obscure gallery shows, and told John you would have nothing to do with his venue, the public would not have distained you. Period.

October 21 2010 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tripledawg3

ONO, IF ONLY YOU WERE A GOAT THAT MIGHT BE OK...BUT YOU A 100% DAWG AND THE SOUTH END OF A NORTH BOUND DAWG....HAVE YOU EVER HEARD YOUR BAND AND YOU NEITHER CAN CARRY A TUNE IN A BAG HOPE YOU GET THIS

October 21 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Butchie

Yoko - for once in your life; GET A LIFE instead of living your worthless life through someone else. Face the facts, if not for John Lennon you would be, "Yoko who?" You weren't a Beatle and never will be. Like that worthless hanger-oner, Heather Mills - your 15 minutes is OVER - now just go away and enjoy your ill-gotten money.

October 21 2010 at 12:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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