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John Lennon in car commercial??

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Relic, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Apparently this was allowed by Yoko, her rationale was to "keep John's image and message out there for people to see". Personally, as much as I try to rationalize what she's saying, I can't. I find it pretty disturbing actually to use John's image to sell anything. Just 'aint right.
    Pretty ironic though to use old video clips to sell something new, when you hear what John's saying in the clip..

  2. oh great, for a french car as well, she could have at least have used a British car manufacturer, of what little we have left!
  3. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    Meh, it was bound to happen.
  4. While John Lennon was a very iconic and important figure in a lot of ways, he too benefited from - hell, owes his ability to achieve what he did to commercialism. If not for commercialism, "Give peace a chance" wouldn't have had a chance and "Instant Karma" would probably be mistaken for the latest powdered spiritual supplement from GNC.
  5. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    To "sell" his ideals, yeah I kind of agree with that, but to use his image sell cars....? The sole intention is profit, not world peace or any other sort of idealism.
  6. zenrad

    zenrad Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Bergen County, NJ
    I dunno, here's another one and it looks like maybe the audio was dubbed

    Maybe they're just using the images and inserting their own audio. Either way it's too bad to see John used like this.
  7. wha.....did yoko's records stop selling....dang,i didn,t know times were that tough
  8. Freedom to sell. Freedom to ignore salesmen. Peace and love... These are some of John Lennon's ideals.

    If anything, John Lennon fully understood both the necessity and the down side of commercialism - but he'd be the ultimate hypocrite to say his music should be exempt from it's clutches.

    While the subject matter of John's songs covered the gambit from love and relationships to world peace, he also was very snide and cynical about 'stupid people' and made no bones about singing about them in snarky, condescending terms - and those very people he sang about were the ones relentlessly buying up what he was selling.

    Whether they got it or not - not his problem. Caveat Emptor, baby. If people who love Lennon are fooled into buying these cars because they think John wants them too, that's just the way it goes and John would have probably written a song about it.
  9. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
    Man, I'm glad she did that. I was about to forget who John Lennon was. :meh:
  10. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Are you guys calling Yoko a whore? :eek:

    Get out!
  11. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    Ayie Ayie Ayieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee~!!!!!
  12. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    I though it was more like 'Ayie Ayie Ayyyyiiiiiiieeeeeeee-kea.'
  13. hover


    Oct 4, 2008
    LOL!!!! Damn, that was quick!!! HAHAHAHAHA

    would be fitting, as all their offerings' names sound like her vocal shreiks.
  14. interesting... this is like the opposite of how ford used the late (and great) steve mcqueen in those commercials for the retro redesigned mustang a few years ago. harkening back to a day when cars looked like machines instead of UFOs.
  15. if there are two people i'd really never want to ever ever EVER meet in the music industry are yoko ono and lars ulrich! eww :spit:
  16. MIJ-VI

    MIJ-VI Inactive Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    I wonder what kind of car Elvis could sell...
  17. thumpbass1


    Jul 4, 2004
    Pink Caddy Escalades, tons of em', with leopard print upholstery. Maybe with white leather trim to boot!
  18. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    Doesn't seem any different than how she controlled him in life. Still a shame, though.
  19. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    I actually don't have anything against Yoko. I may not necessarily like her, but In a way I admire her. She's a strong and obviously intelligent woman. And that's precisely why this thing bugs me so much. It's like a conundrum - I don't believe that she's naive enough to think that a Citroen car commercial is going to perpetuate John's "message" in any way shape or form.
    So that leaves the potential that she did this for profit. However knowing that she's pretty strong in her beliefs, it would seem odd that she would betray her beliefs like that for what amounts to pocket change. So this one leaves me with a big w-t-fudge..?
  20. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    People do some pretty crazy stuff in the name of $$$.
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