You’ve got to hand it to Sean Lennon. When he was mocked by a New York magazine blog and its commenters, he took it for a few days, then fired back in no uncertain terms, under his own name, in the very same blog’s comments section:
In what way am I to dress exactly that would please you? Has it occurred to any of you insightful people that I was in fact hired specifically because, and in order to dress in a rock and roll fashion? It was my bloody job to dress crazy that day, and frankly I enjoyed it! It doesn’t mean I’m a bad person, it’s just more fun than wearing flannel.
And it certainly doesn’t make any of you better than me that you choose to read so negatively into my outer appearance. You are just bigots disguised as moralists.
I feel no need to apologize for dressing in a manner that you deem unacceptable for someone so despicable as myself. One need not apply for a license or be a professional couturier to have permission to dress as they please. One need not be the most successful, or the most loved, or the most suave or the most handsome, just to wear a pink bow-tie, a bowler, and an old coat. This is not Prussia, or Victorian England.
I am sorry that you are all so vacuous as to think you understand me simply because you dislike my clothes, that you think I have committed some criminal offense in having had a wealthy and successful father.
I will continue to make music and dress as I please, and none of you have any right to tell me I cannot or should not. You of course have a right to hate me for it, but then again, it’s you who have to live with yourselves for being such judgmental idiots.
I wish you all luck in pursuing what must clearly be elevated and enlightened lifestyles. I yawn in awe at your ‘moral supremacy.’
Sean Ono Lennon
It doesn’t get much more honest, or true, than that. I literally never gave two sh*ts for Sean Lennon before in my entire life, but I have a newfound respect for the man for being able to put words together so sensibly. Sounds like a smart guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously, unlike a million other children-of-the-famous who can’t manage to get it together.