Yesterday, the teenagers who survived the Parkland inspired people in over 800 cities across the world to stand up and march for gun control reform here in the bullet-wounded U.S. Celebs joined in too, one of them being Sir Paul McCartney. Sir Paul joined the march in NYC, and CNN asked him what he thought the protests could accomplish. He referenced his friend and fellow Beatle John Lennon, shot to death in front of his apartment building in NYC in December of 1980.
75-year-old Paul, flashed his “We Can End Gun Violence” t-shirt, and referenced Lennon as “one of my best friends.”
Carroll also asked if change could happen at the legislative level, to which McCartney replied: “I’m like everyone. I don’t know. But this is what we can do, so I’m here to do it. One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me.”
He also urged people to get out and vote.
— Lorna Mae Johnson (@lornamaejohnson) March 24, 2018
This is sad in a way because Paul and John didn’t exactly get along after the Beatles split up. They released diss tracks about each other (yes, kids, it’s all been done before) in the years after the band split up and had only begun to repair their friendship a few years before he died. Paul would reportedly drop by John’s now and then to visit when he was in New York City on business.
Other celebrities took part in the protest yesterday. Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande and the Broadway royalty duo of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt all performed on stage in D.C. George and Amal Clooney, the West-Kardashians (I’m being nice and not commenting), Glenn Close, Our Lady Cher, Jimmy Fallon, Dennis Rodman (was nothing happening this weekend in North Korea?), Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw, and Julianne Moore were also spotted at the protest in Washington. A counter-protest across town featuring performances by James Woods and Ted Nugent was more sparsely attended.
Watch the clip of Sir Paul talking about John Lennon below.
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," says Paul McCartney, remembering his Beatles bandmate John Lennon at the March for Our Lives in New York City https://t.co/u4aBKWC1Jb pic.twitter.com/8Jnjn8A3xH
— CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018