Fans of John Lennon shocked by video footage in new documentary that shows him mocking disabled people during Beatles concert

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Shock footage of John Lennon mocking disabled people during a Beatles concert has sparked outrage among fans.
The singer’s disturbing behaviour was laid bare in an old clip which resurfaced on the TV show It Was Alright In The 1960s on Saturday night.
In it, the Beatles idol can be seen pulling faces and making exaggerated movements in an offensive manner.
Having seen the star’s behaviour on stage, many people took to social media to express their shock.
One wrote on Twitter: ‘John Lennon mocking the disabled is disturbing to say the least’, while another, Patrick Doporto, added: ‘That John Lennon clip was hard to watch.’
David Charles Bowen posted: ‘#johnlennon’s distasteful learning disability impressions I saw on #itwasalrightinthe60s tonight would never have been OK.’

Another user said Lennon had a ‘cruel “humour” about disabled people.’
A spokeswoman for the learning disability charity Mencap also condemned Lennon’s behaviour.
Lorainne Bellamy said: ‘As someone with a learning disability this footage shocked me and was painful to watch.
‘Times may have changed but I always find it hard to believe how such famous people can have these horrible views about real people.
‘I have seen attitudes towards people like me change a great deal since I was a child. It wasn’t uncommon for people with a learning disability to be publicly laughed at and made fun of at the time.
‘Much has changed but there is still a long way to go before the public realises people with a learning disability have the same hopes, dreams and feelings as anyone else, and should be treated with the same level of respect as anyone.

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‘We are not here to be laughed at and I hope that today’s celebrities would never consider acting like this.’
Although adored by millions, the Beatles star also courted his fair share of controversy during a career spanning two decades.
In 1965 he was awarded the MBE along with the rest of the Beatles, but bragged later that he had smoked cannabis at the Palace. A year later he opined that the Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus’, a comment which caused offence to the Christian faith.
It has also been claimed that Lennon was often ‘briefed’ by IRA sympathisers and even suggested playing a benefit concert for the IRA after Bloody Sunday in January 1972.
Then there was the bitter breakdown of Lennon’s marriage to first wife Cynthia, which came to a head in February 1968 when he drunkenly confessed to sleeping with other women.
The musician was murdered by Mark Chapman in December 1980, aged 40, a decade after The Beatles had broken up and they had all gone onto other projects.

8 thoughts on “Fans of John Lennon shocked by video footage in new documentary that shows him mocking disabled people during Beatles concert

    1. Knowing John there was more good thing then bad. Come on the guys that right now it was a good writer a good singer and what he did in the past it’s in the past But!” We should think about the good things what he did

  1. As the show said “It was alright in the 60s”.
    In the 1860s it was not frowned upon to beat your wife for cooking a bad meal.
    Don’t waste time blowing out about yesterday’s norms, instead take on today’s, for instance the way young people, when told to stop doing something objectionable, retort with ‘why? What are you going to do about it? Touch me and I’ll get the police to charge you with assault’ ( and that to a parent).

  2. I find it hard to believe that something new about John Lennon is being revealed 50 years after the fact. Yes, he was a brutally honest man, but there has NEVER even been a word said about him disparaging disabled people. I find it difficult to believe, at best.

    1. Andy, you are wrong! Possibly you are too young to know. Maybe you have never een a Beatles fan. Because for us who followed them since the start, it is nothing new. He did it several times. It was not considered a insult during those days. I don’t think he had bad intention. It was more about himself, he even wrote a song about him. “One thing we can’t hide is when we cripple inside…” He was not disparing disable people. And I repeat…nobody never hid it. It has been around on clips for a long time. All fans of John knows about that. The ones who complained are not fans. How kind of fan could ignore that?

  3. John had been making faces since the 1950s. They were inspired by the Goon Show. He would often stomp his foot to the side. Maybe it is considered mocking in 2016 but for goodness sakes, put your agenda aside and do some basic basic basic Beatle research.

  4. He’s not mocking people, he is doing that because of all the hype about Elvis’ hips. John wasn’t going to do an Elvis but wanted to do something different.

  5. these guys are wankers and they know it anything they can say or do to get on people nerves they do it purposely it’s their job,their lives are over all they have to look forward to is retirement and old age they were jerks when they were young what else can they be now that their old…right..?! hypocrites that’s all!!! ha..h.a..ha

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