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  • Yoko Ono Posts Photo of John Lennon's Bloody Glasses in Effort to End Gun Violence

    Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:30:37

    Yoko Ono Posts Photo of John Lennon's Bloody Glasses in Effort to End Gun Violence - It's definitely not an easy image to view

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    In effort to help end rampant gun violence, Yoko Ono posted a photo of John Lennon's bloodied glasses, the ones he was wearing when he was shot by Mark David Chapman in 1980. It's a bold image that sure gets the point across.

    Ono tweeted at www.twitter.com/yokoono: "Over 1,057,000 people have been killed by guns in the U.S.A. since John Lennon was shot and killed on December 8, 1980."

    She clearly chose a vivid and culturally loaded image to get the message across. The fact that these were the bloodied glasses that were worn by a musical legend when he was gunned down really hammers the point home.

    It's harrowing and powerful, and a bit voyeuristic. The glasses are almost like something we shouldn't be seeing, but then again, what better way to point out the devastation caused by gun violence, right? It's not an easy subject to address, so the photo she used shouldn't be easy to look at, either.

    What do you think of Yoko Ono's tweet and of her sharing the photo of the glasses? Is it effective? Is it provocative? Is it right? Is it wrong? Is it too showy?

    —Carly Costello
    03.22.13




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