Cee Lo, Noooooooooooooo!

Man, I love Cee Lo Green’s music.  What was he thinking last night?

Charged with singing Lennon’s famous solo-era tune on NBC’s New Year’s Eve show shortly before the ball dropped in Times Square , Green changed the lyrics from “Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too” to “Nothing to kill or die for, And all religion’s true.”

You don’t draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa because you think you know better.  If you’re going to sing Lennon’s song, sing Lennon’s song.

The change didn’t go unnoticed, and to preempt criticism, he soon tweeted, “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that’s all.”

Then say that.  Saying someone has the right to believe whatever they wish is completely different than saying it’s true.  We already get enough of religious people bellyaching about us opposing free thought every time we say, “You’re wrong about god’s existence.”

  • Rey Fox

    How could all religion be true anyway? They all contradict each other. It’s a bad rewrite from that standpoint, it doesn’t fit the rest of the lyrics, and it just sucks.

    • Nick Johnson

      That is what I thought too. Guess he didn’t put much thought into it. He should have done some thinkering before he went on to sing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mgafm ashleymiller

    Painting a mustache on the actual original Mona Lisa would be vandalism, recreating it with a mustache is fine. It doesn’t prevent anyone from seeing the original.

  • kennypo65

    Fuck Cee-Lo in the ass with a cactus. Lennon wrote the song, sing it or sit down.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/xblog/ Greg Laden

    What he did was probably illegal. He changed a copyrighted work without permission.

  • Jurjen S.

    I think it would be appropriate to repeat one of Cee Lo’s own lyrics back to him.

  • sisu

    Meh. I read about this on Hemant’s blog yesterday and thought it was no big deal. After all, if all religion’s equally true, including each faith’s claims of inerrancy, then doesn’t it follow that no religion’s true?

    Also, Greg, you forgot your IANAL disclaimer. no copyright or other intellectual property law violation here.

  • Randomfactor

    Painting a mustache on the actual original Mona Lisa would be vandalism, recreating it with a mustache is fine.

    As is pointing out that the resulting copy is a silly, pointless effort by a clearly less-talented artist.

  • http://johnnykaje.wordpress.com Johnnykaje

    I’m not too worried. I know which of these two artists will be revered and remembered the most.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mriana mrianabrinson

    IMO, he totally screwed up John Lennon’s song and defiled his memory. To say that is to say one can’t be any atheist, but must have a religion, despite saying, “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that’s all.” All he did was back it up with that statement.

  • Onshay

    Love the irony of supposedly paying respect to the fact that there are diverse opinions by censoring one that contradicts his own. It would have been more powerful had he not changed the lyrics and then discussed why on Twitter.


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