John Lennon is, no doubt, a cultural icon. His perceived liberal "make love, not war" political attitude has resonated in the hearts of hippies for five decades.
So how will the hippies of all ages handle this -- the late Beatle's last personal assistant has revealed in a new documentary that Lennon was in fact a closet Republican, who felt a little embarrassed by his former radicalism. Instant karma!
From the Toronto Sun:
"Fred Seaman worked alongside the music legend from 1979 to Lennon's death at the end of 1980 and he reveals the star was a Ronald Reagan fan who enjoyed arguing with left-wing radicals who reminded him of his former self.
In new documentary Beatles Stories, Seaman tells filmmaker Seth Swirsky Lennon wasn't the peace-loving militant fans thought he was while he was his assistant.
He says, 'John, basically, made it very clear that if he were an American he would vote for Reagan because he was really sour on (Democrat) Jimmy Carter.'"
A Reagan lover, say what!
As Bruce Springsteen scolded Ronald Reagan for referencing his "Born in the U.S.A." song in 1984, and Tom Petty recently asked Michele Bachmann to stop play "American Girl" at her events, given this new information I wonder if Lennon would have approved of this picture that John Kerry showed off left and right in 2004 to convince everyone he was cool: