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Note by Ahhh Girl 14 February 2015: Mith's original title for this thread was "Why did John return his MBE?" I renamed the thread to be about his MBE in general since it has been found and people are wondering where it should be housed.

I know this is old news but ....


"Your Majesty, I am returning my MBE as a protest against Britain's
involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America
in Vietnam and against 'Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts." a-hard-days-night-john-1


I laughed out loud when I read that bit. a-hard-days-night-john-6a-hard-days-night-john-6

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Joe said:

That's a 21st century observation though. If you look at some of The Beatles' interviews in the 1960s, beyond the boring press conferences ("When are you getting your hair cut?" etc), they were often quite candid and revealing. Take a look at the Hunter Davies book or Michael Braun's Love Me Do for examples in book form, where they'd freely discuss sex/drugs.

Well, I guess that was the naive, free-spirited attitude of the 60's.
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

John made rash decisions like this, whereas Paul would always consider all his options in situations.

I wouldn't say the decision to return his MBE was rash. Even though he included "and against '
Cold Turkey' slipping down the charts" as a reason he turned in his MBE, I'm sure he thought it through and decided he didn't want to be decorated by a country who had policies he opposed. 

And I'm not sure one could really say that Paul "always considers all his options." 

Remember, we shouldn't stereotype Paul or John, or anyone. They're people too. People aren't all of a piece. That's why we have bank robbers who order pizza for those they're holding hostage -- and then pay the delivery boy. The tendency of people to make generalizations about celebrities and assume they're not completely human, that they're somehow different, more predictable and all tied up in a package, is what led Mark David Chapman to shoot John. He said himself that after he killed John, he realized that he had viewed him as a piece of cardboard on an album cover, and that he suddenly understood that John was a living, breathing person who had a life he had just extinguished. 

Bottom line: John wasn't always the rash, rough rocker. And Paul wasn't always the cerebral, focused pretty-boy. 

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