The Beatles: Let it be. Please.

16342__lennon_lOur media culture (of which EW is a wholly owned subsidiary) has a habit of running every pop culture phenomenon into the ground. The twin demons of marketing and coverage profane everything they touch. Just the same, we’ve gotten used to the idea of some cows remaining sacred — the Beatles, for example. When the catalog was bought by Michael Jackson, it came as a blow to some. When "Come Together" turned up as an electronics jingle, there were winces.

Then recently, we got Lennon on Broadway (pictured). Oof. Leave it to Yoko to bring together, in one theater, everything that was smug, obnoxious, and self-consciously avant-garde about John, and nothing of the wryly amused, graceful sage.

Well, folks, it may get worse. Perhaps Julie Taymor’s cinematic Beatles fantasia Across the Universe will be a revelation, and I actually think it will be illuminating to see Jared Leto as Mark David Chapman in the upcoming Chapter 27. (I’m one of those people who really love Assassins.)

But honestly… Cirque du Soleil? That’s right, folks: The Beatles are now circus music. Can Ringo’s Vegas lounge act be far behind? Now, I love scantily clad contortionists and pretty choreographed fabric-dancing as much as the next red-blooded metrosexual. I was totally into O, and it was only my fifth drink of the mid-afternoon. Still… WWJLD?

(That said, there are some pieces of Beatles-inspired performance art you just can’t argue with.)


Comments (11 total) Add your comment
  • Stephanie

    That guy next to the Yoko Ono impersonator looks like either Andy Partridge of the group “XTC” or Dana Carvey doing his George Bush impersontation with glasses on. Nat ganna Dew eht.”

  • Aramis

    Well, how else is Mikey going to pay his bills?
    Such are the blows to the sacred music that is the Beatle’s catalog we can expect from the person who bought all the rights just so he can unleash his blockbuster flops of which he borrowed money against said catalog.
    I expect there to be much more and much worse…

  • Visa2

    This Popwatch item makes Apple Corps lawsuit against Apple Computer seem all the more tacky. iTunes might bring back whatever forgotten touch of class The Beatles lost long ago. Let It Be.

  • Chuckles

    When Michael allowed Nike to use “Revolution” to sell tennis shoes, that was all she wrote.

  • Annie

    Dana Carvey is the old sweat from the old balls of an old man! You should be ashamed of yourself for impersonating his impersonation of even older ball sweat man GW SR! SHAME!

  • Don

    Mmmm… Shweaty Balls.

  • dma69

    Beatles + Cirque de Soleil = John and George rolling over in their graves

  • Allison

    I am a Beatles fanatic and generally can’t get enough of them (“All You Need Is Love” happens to be on the radio right now.) But all this mass marketing? That sort of ruins the legacy of the greatest band in the history of music.

  • Nancy

    Honestly, why suddenly all the hatred for Cirque du Soleil? This isn’t the first time I’ve seen disparaging comments about them. I’d far rather watch them than animal acts at a regular circus. As for The Beatles music being overused, I say it’s not gonna end until Yoko dies. That woman milks poor John Lennon’s legacy until the last drop is drained, and then she manages to squeeze more from it. Today, I saw on the news that a notebook that John wrote when he was 12 had been sold for something like a million bucks. I’s sure Yoko had her hand out for her cut.

  • Dr. BLT

    Great information on all things Beatles. BTW, does anyone know who would be in a position to grant me permission to release this Dr. BLT cover of the old Beatles classic, Hey Jude?

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