John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son Sean Lennon hits out at ‘PC culture’ in Twitter tirade

John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son – Sean Lennon – slammed ‘PC culture’ for ‘over sensitizing people to arbitrary characteristics like skin color’ in a rambling Twitter tirade on Sunday. 

It’s unclear what led the 44-year-old son of the late Beatles front man and his artist wife to launch the impassioned rant where he described his own experience growing up Japanese-American. 

Lennon declared that the US is in a ‘two-steps back moment’ in terms of race relations and said political correctness – while well-intentioned – is ‘not working’.

Growing up in New York, Lennon said it ‘truly felt like a melting pot.’ 

Even though it wasn’t perfect, ‘ppl did not self segregate along tribal lines to the degree that I am seeing today,’ he said. 

‘There is something wrong with the strategy and direction we have chosen, in academia, in politics, and elsewhere.’ 

‘We should check our strategy if we are not getting the results we intended. I don’t know what the solution is, but I suspect that over sensitizing ppl to arbitrary characteristics like skin colour may be doing more harm than good.’

Sean Lennon went on a Twitter tirade bashing ‘PC culture.’ He’s pictured above at the eBay Giving Works and Nylon Launch MusiCares Auction during SXSW 2014 in Texas in 2014




John Lennon, singing and playing the guitar with Yoko Ono and son Sean

John Lennon, singing and playing the guitar with Yoko Ono and son Sean

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean's parents, are pictured in Tittenhurst Park, Britain in 1970

John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean’s parents, are pictured in Tittenhurst Park, Britain in 1970

Why he decided to vent this all out on a random Sunday is unknown, but race relations have been at the forefront for the last couple years. 

The issues exploded after George Floyd was killed by Derek Chauvin last year and Black Lives Matter protests became a nearly daily event. 

There have also been a country-wide rash of random, brutal beatings of the Asian Americans-Pacific Islander community after Donald Trump’s statements about the ‘China virus’ and, more recently, an uptick in anti-Semitic attacks that coincided with the Israeli-Palestine bombings. 

Nearly every institution – such as education and media – have wrestled with ideas as complicated and passionately debated as critical race theory.   

But where is it all leading to, Lennon asked. 

‘I know very well that the idea of being “colour blind” is out of fashion, that MLK’s vision of character over skin colour is considered to be naïve,’ he said. 

‘But that vision surely made our society better. I’m not sure the modern vision of ‘race consciousness’ is making things better.’

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon stand beside the stamp design John Lennon stamp dedication ceremony, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, New York in September 2018

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon stand beside the stamp design John Lennon stamp dedication ceremony, Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, New York in September 2018





He used his own experience to illustrate his point, saying he used to hear racist Asian jokes all the time growing – when political correctness wasn’t a thing; now it’s an ‘enforced mindset and ideology.’  

But ‘seemingly obvious’ solutions ‘fail and even make matters worse,’ Lennon said. ‘Trying to re-balance  a problem winds up ‘making things worse by creating bigger unforeseen problems.’

Now jokes are evil and malicious attacks. 

‘My DMs have never been more filled with bizarre WWII era bulls**t (like ch**k and j*p, or whatever),’ he said. 








In the end, it’s simple, Lennon said in his Twitter tirade that has been retweeted and liked thousands of times in the last 24 hours.  

‘I am very sad that I feel like I have to say the following but here goes: Asians are not the problem. Blacks are not the problem. Jews are not the problem. And yes, Whites are not the problem either. No race or culture is “the problem,” Lennon said.

‘I have lived in many cities and countries, and I can say from experience that there is an EQUAL distribution of s***ty ppl and good ppl in EVERY human population. Most are good, some aren’t great, and a very small number are clinical sociopaths you absolutely need to avoid.’ 

Lennon followed in his parents’ footsteps and become a musician. He’s been a member of the bands Cibo Matto, the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the Claypool Lennon Delirium and his parents’ group the Plastic Ono Band.

He has released two solo albums: Into the Sun in 1998 and Friendly Fire in 2006. 

His dad, John Lennon, went from revolutionizing the music world with the Beatles to being a stay-at-home dad after Sean was born. 

Five years later – on December 8, 1980 – he was fatally shot New York City. His death shocked and stunned the world. 

Since then, Yoko Ono has kept her late husband’s memory alive by funding the construction and maintenance of the Manhattan’s Strawberry Field in Central Park, directly across from the Dakota Apartments where John was killed.   






The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.

The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.

The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.

Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.

Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.