Sean Ono Lennon is the son of Yoko Ono and most notably that of rockstar John Lennon, and he recently offered a scathing rebuke of the overreach of political correctness in a series of tweets last Sunday.
Lennon argued that when pushing too far on political correctness it can create more problems than it solves. For one thing, it can create a racist backlash that can simply just make racial tensions worse, not better.
“When I was young ppl would say racist s**** about Asians around pretty all of the time and then they would be like, ‘Oh sorry! But you’re reeeally Asian so…’ and I felt that they sincerely thought that saying that would make me feel better,” Lennon tweeted.
“I’m not entirely sure why I brought that up but it’s probably because I feel the need to say that I grew up in a time where we had zero political correctness. We all literally saw political correctness being invented right in front of our eyes (at least at certain schools) and then it was distributed and eventually enforced as an ideology and a mindset,” he explained.
The younger Lennon proceeded to say that political correctness did have a positive purpose in his opinion. It helped to push back on racism, but it probably also ushered society into an era where the medicine is now worse than the disease. Oh boy! Now he starting to sound like Trump!
“We have been trying to do this kind of morality policing for a while now and I have to posit that things are arguably getting worse instead of better,” he said. “I notice that the ‘race relations’ is something that seems to be taking a ‘two steps back’ deal instead of making progress,” he tweeted.
Lennon, 45, wasn’t done yet. He proceeded to make somewhat of a controversial statement where he said that he feels that he no longer fits with this left-wing “woke” movement.
“I am sad that I feel like I have to say the following but here goes: Blacks are not the problem, Jews are not the problem, Asians are not the problem, and yes, Whites are not the problem either,” Lennon noted. “No race or culture is the problem.”
“I have now lived in many cities and countries and I say this from experience that there has always been an EQUAL distribution of s***tty ppl and good ppl in EVERY human population I have been in. Most people are good, some people aren’t great, and there are a very small amount of people who are simply just clinical sociopath who you will absolutely have to avoid completely,” Lennon continued.
He also noted that he is now noticing that Americans seem to separate along “tribal lines” in a manner that he hasn’t seen before in his entire life.
“I am just saying that we will need to check our strategy to make sure we are getting the results that we want to have. I don’t really know what the solution is, but I have to suspect that over-sensitizing ppl to these arbitrary characteristics like skin colour is only going to do more harm than good,” he also tweeted.
When Lennon went on his Twitter tirade, you would expect that he encountered some backlash. Yes, there were some who were disappointed that he was unwilling to join the hard left-wing movement, there were some who praised his willingness to criticize this “pc police” movement.
What do you think about Sean Lennon’s critique of modern-day political correctness? Your comments would be appreciated!