Comedian Larry the Cable Guy, whose real name is Daniel Whitney, blasted Hollywood celebrities this week over a viral video featuring more than a dozen celebrities signing John Lennon's hit song "Imagine."
Whitney highlighted the hypocritical nature of the video because Hollywood celebrities have largely ignored the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles.
"Here's a message from people with a lot of possessions that can take a year off of work and not flinch telling everyone outa work to imagine a world with no possessions while people are living in the street a half mile away from 'em," Whitney said.
Here’s a message from people with a lot of possessions that can take a year off of work and not flinch telling ever… https://t.co/MTj3FjA2vM— Larry The Cable Guy (@Larry The Cable Guy)1584596165.0
Responding to a fan who said the video really "pisses me off," Whitney called the celebrities "clueless."
On Friday, Whitney clarified that he does not harbor ill-will toward Hollywood celebrities, but said the video was made in "bad taste — and said the founder of communism would approve of it.
"I have no animosity toward these folks. The song was in bad taste. Marx would be proud of that song," Whitney said. "And I'm not imagining no heaven. Jesus gives hope. Government can't give people a heart change or hope."
I appreciate all the awesome tweets today. Sorry I couldn’t respond to all. I have no animosity toward these folks.… https://t.co/jQWapG3FUO— Larry The Cable Guy (@Larry The Cable Guy)1584681879.0
Although John Lennon was not a communist, nor is "Imagine" a song directly about communism, Lennon said the song "is virtually the Communist Manifesto."