Cee-Lo Green Retracts Defensive Tweet After Changing John Lennon's 'Imagine' Lyrics

January 03, 2012 02:18:37 GMT

The Twitter message, which got deleted soon after it was posted, contained a statement from the Gnarls Barkley star who stated that he never 'meant no disrespect by changing the lyric.'

Cee-Lo Green Retracts Defensive Tweet After Changing John Lennon's 'Imagine' Lyrics
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Cee-Lo Green wasted no time to defend himself after causing outcry for changing John Lennon's song lyrics. However, the self-defensive message was later pulled out by the Gnarls Barkley member as quickly as it was posted.

"Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys!" the Goodie Mob star wrote on his official page soon after he received a bunch of criticism. The "F**k You" hitmaker added, "I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that's all."

Cee-Lo landed in hot water after he altered the lyrics of Lennon's classic "Imagine" when performing at "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. From "nothing to kill or die for/ and no religion too," he changed it to "nothing to kill or die for/ and all religion's true".

One angry fan by the name of @geekysteven tweeted a response to the lyrics change. "The whole point of that lyric is that religion causes harm. If 'all relgion's true' it would be a pretty bleak place," so he blasted the judge and vocal coach of "The Voice".

Another jab directed at the Atlanta-born Hip-Hop soul singer was posted by twitter member @skyenicolas. "Look man, you're nothing close to John's intellect. You editing the song makes it a Pro Religion song and not a SECULAR song!" so he posted after the Saturday night, December 31 gig.

In addition to getting protests over the changed lyrics, Cee-Lo also was criticized for the irony of singing lyrics which included lines like, "imagine no posessions" and "no need for greed or hunger", while wearing an attire which consisted of a fur coat and jewels.

Among the many negative comments directed at the singer, there were still a few which defended him. "Nothing could be sillier than defending the sanctity of a pop song -- especially one as dull and schmaltzy as 'Imagine'," so shared a twitter user by the name of @cheap_suit.


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posted by Cee-Lo > John Lennon on Jan 04, 2012
@ realtalk & smarTanya: You might want to google "in the name of science." You'll find things just as scary as what happened with the crusades. Everyone wants a good label, especially evil. Hitler's ideas were based more on secular darwinism than religion. Eugenics. It provided the justification for annihilating the Jews saying they were the least superior race and the closest in similarity to apes. Lot of good that did right guys... No apology needed Cee-Lo, wouldn't even worry about defending your lyrics. @cheap_suit & confused: exactly.
posted by C.ardnas on Jan 03, 2012
Point is, it is NOT his song to change. It's disrespectful and ignorant on his part. If he really wanted to give off that anyone believe in what they wanted-than lennon's belief was 'Imagine' that which he butchered by changing the lyrics!
posted by confused on Jan 03, 2012
This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen. Get over it.
posted by realtalk on Jan 03, 2012
@Tanya does religion cause harm? You might want to google "THE CRUSADES" or "your heros are not our heros" - just try doing more research than sitting in a church and reading a bible and you'll be quickly informed as to how millions of people have been tortured and KILLED in the name of a "man" who stood for peace and tolerance. Understand thats just major western RELIGION, should we even start to consider certain extreme western RELIGIONS? Its very simple and clear to see how ridiculous your intro sentence was.
posted by Veeham on Jan 03, 2012
@whatwhat...Uuuhhmmm your I.Q. is showing.
posted by Veeham on Jan 03, 2012
No he just attempted to make ..."it his"!
posted by Veeham on Jan 03, 2012
Why did they have some dick like him to do a John Lennon song to begin with?
posted by Veeham on Jan 03, 2012
@cheap_suit...your name speaks volumes!!!!
posted by smartTanya on Jan 03, 2012
what do you mean religion doesn't harm people? Half of the problems in the world have roots of religion. Religion enables people to hurt each other just like guns. This song is decades old and no one has had to change the lyrics for religious people. He was an absolute horrendous choice to sing the song. He's singing was beyond bad and his attire was insulting to the song. Plus by changing the lyrics he totally contradicted that part of the song. #rant
posted by whatwhat on Jan 02, 2012
Man f@(k john Lennon!!!!...
posted by Tanya on Jan 02, 2012
How does religion cause harm? People do, just like guns don't kill people. Religion made me a better person. He probably just didn't want to offend those who are religious. Don't make a big deal out of it.

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