Bed Peace

By Deja McMiller

On  March 20, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono  knew that their marriage would have been a huge press event, so they used that to their advantage to promote world peace. How?

They spent two-weeks in bed.

They spent one week in bed in Amsterdam and one in Montreal.  Both weeks were intended to be non-violent protests against wars, and experimental tests of new ways to promote peace. The couple spent their honeymoon in the presidential suite of the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel for a week between March 21st and 31st, inviting the world’s press to watch and  talk to them from 9am to 9pm.

During April 1969, John and Yoko sent acorns to the heads of state from various countries around the world in hopes that they would plant them as a symbol of peace. For eight months the couple did not get a word from any world leaders who received the acorns. When asked if he thought the “Bed-in” had been successful, John became frustrated. He insisted that the failure of the press to take the couple seriously was part of what he and Yoko wanted: “It’s part of our policy not to be taken seriously. Our opposition, whoever they may be, in all manifest forms, don’t know how to handle humour. And we are humorous.”In December of 1969 John and Yoko spread their messages of peace with billboards reading, “WAR IS O

VER! If You Want It – Happy Christmas From John and Yoko.”

In October of 2013 a singer by the name of Jhene Aiko and a rapper by the name of Childish Gambino remade that moment from the 1969, but with a modern touch.  In the visual for their mellow hit “Bed Peace,” the sultry singer and comedian-turned-rapper paid homage to the late Beatles member John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono. The video features beautiful scenery and incredible chemistry from the emerging artists. Her new album is called “Sail Out.”  In her world the meaning of it is “going with the wind and trusting that you’re going to end up where you’re supposed to be; being free,you know, like a sailboat. I think that’s really important when it comes to peace, you know what I mean? Inner peace, especially.  You can’t help anyone else if you don’t have it together for yourself.”

There have been many artists that have tried to remake or put the bed-in inside their videos, but nothing will ever compare to the real thing.


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