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Exclusive: Yoko Ono Speaks About Gay Rights


Yoko Ono's latest dance remix project "Hell In Paradise" hits #8 on next week's Billboard Club Play Chart. The single features remixes by Murk, The Orange Factory and Minge Binge.

The success of the song in clubs around the country sets the stage for more to come. Ono plans to release a remake of "Every Man Has A Woman Who Loves Him" from the 1980 Lennon/Ono "Double Fantasy" album.

In typical Ono fashion, the song has become a bold statement that tackles the controversial same-sex marriage issue head on.

The pop culture legend re-recorded the vocals and included the lyrics "every woman has a woman who loves her" and "every man has a man who loves him."

In an EXCLUSIVE interview with Arjan, Ono speaks about her feelings of closeness to the gay community. "Their struggle is a human rights issue to me," she says. "I have suffered myself from racism and sexism all my life. I know what it feels like to be an outsider. I understand what position gays have been put in."

"A lot of people are testy and angry about the situation in the world and they’re trying to find a scapegoat," argues Ono. "The result is that people focus on things that really are not an issue, like civil rights for gays."

The remix EP has been pre-released on iTunes (music link) and features remixes from Basement Jaxx and Dave Aude. These pulsating remakes combine carefree dancefloor escapism with Ono’s powerful message about equality.

(Photo courtesy of Ole Christiansen)

June 21, 2004 in Interviews | Permalink


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Thank You Yoko!!
The fight for equality is at full throttle.
Your support is appreciated.

Posted by: David at Jul 9, 2004 7:12:25 PM

Yoko is a woman with more personality that i ever seen in my whole life.

Posted by: Isabel Geo at Jul 19, 2004 11:06:38 AM

Yoko is a woman with more personality that i ever seen in my whole life.

Posted by: Isabel Geo at Jul 19, 2004 11:06:55 AM

Gays are sick puppies. Really sick people who need to realize that being gay is a sickness and not a way of life.

Posted by: Clyde Jackson at Oct 24, 2004 12:47:58 AM

I heard the quote and it rocked me, it hit such a deep nerve that I burst out crying. Thanks Yoko for understanding and speaking out about how it feels to be pushed outside of society. It hurts. No matter whether a culture accepts homosexuality as an honor or a curse, no one should feel rejected as a human being when they've done nothing hurtful to anyone.

Yoko, you are a beautiful soul.

Posted by: Roz Chatt at Oct 29, 2004 7:51:30 PM

YES, Yoko

Posted by: Xrs at Nov 2, 2004 5:25:00 PM

Being kind to human beings is being Yoko. Thanks dear Yoko Ono.

Posted by: Daniel at Nov 7, 2004 5:07:22 PM

Living here in Russia and being gay I'm very thankfull to Yoko and all the people who doing smthing for the gay rights and other minorities rights. Here in Moscow it feels like we live on different planets - Russia and the rest of the world.

Posted by: Artem at Nov 10, 2004 8:11:11 AM

Yoko was right THEN as she is NOW!We are still walking on thin ice!

Posted by: László at Nov 14, 2004 1:55:22 AM