Yoko is 80 today, I love her because she’s independent, withstood racism, misogyny, ageism and snobbery. How could I not be drawn to someone so hated, someone so reviled, who has never killed anyone, started a war, raped, or molested anyone.
I was bound to admire her. If all she had done in 1967 was to want to make a film of everyone in the world smiling, which to this day she’s STILL filming, then that would have been enough to earn my admiration.
Everyone mocked her concept of people sitting, and walking around in bags, they were too busy hating a free thinker to understand the message, that if ‘everyone’ did that, you couldn’t see if the person was black, white, young, old, abled, disabled etc, you would have to treat them as an equal.
Obviously she knew the whole world couldn’t walk around in bags, but to acknowledge, and imagine the concept that it IS possible not to judge on appearances and race etc. Btw, it was actually Yoko who came up with the concept of ‘Imagine’, she’s too gracious to take the credit now.
I also genuinely enjoy her music and art, obviously others mileage may vary, but this is about me, not them, so any hating, best you be taking it to another location Yoko, long may you rock, and piss people off (Just so long as it’s not Paul, Hahaha).