OK, Facebook finally went too far last night when it casually offered me a chance to "like" Yoko Ono. Six others I'm somehow connected with via F-book (and I'm starting to wonder why I'm connected to them at all) "like" the 78-year old Mrs. Lennon.
So when does an "artist" of Yoko's fame and fortune decide the time has come to stick up a Facebook page so people can "like" them? Yoko currently has some of her work showing at Colton-Farb Gallery here, so it seems she's still got plenty of connections to get her rather blasé art out to that section of the world with enough money in the bank to write her a fat check for the privilege of having something with "Yoko Ono" scrawled across a corner on their walls.
Could it be something on the part of her publicists or backers who (accurately) perceive that she is not and will never be as popular as her deceased husband? If she somehow gets 8,000,000 "likes" on Facebook, I'm willing to bet she'd still not have one one-hundredth of the "likes" John can pull in spite of his bad boy sneer.
Hopefully it's not an attempt to get her music "out there." I'm actually afraid to click on the link to check out her site for fear that some of her (arty) primal screaming will assault my tender ear drums and make me start to like whispery precious pretentious folk singers or 70s hair metal bands.
Well, we're not sure what it means, so we polled a few musician and writer friends to get their take. Jeff Smith, lead singer of the Hickoids and the head of Saustex Media in San Antonio, wrote back, "Because some people love the Stones and hate the Beatles. Liking her is for people who love the Stones. Or people who really hate the Beatles. And western music."
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Los Angeles critic Jonny Whiteside isn't exactly known for having timid opinions and he weighed in quickly. "Avant garde, my ass. They rented a second apartment in the Dakota so she could store all her furs in the goddamn empty indoor swimming pool. Take that, PETA!"
Maverick Nashville producer R.S. Field had the pithiest remark. "I don't care. I still hate Yoko."
But perhaps longtime Houstonian and current boss of Sundance Records in San Marccos, Greg Ellis, had the best take: "The only person that seems to need validation more than her is McCartney!
Suggestions? Ideas? Talk amongst yourselves.