Sean Lennon On The Family Reason He Won't Get A Tattoo & His Fight Against Fracking
It’s undeniable that Sean Lennon has a strong resemblance to his father, but he once tried to transform his image when he was younger, much to his mother, Yoko Ono’s dismay.
“People tend to see my dad when they look at me,” Sean told Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle as he and his mother sat down to promote the launch of their new coalition, Artists Against Fracking. “That’s why I gave up on changing the way I look. So I just have the long hair and glasses now because I can’t even deal with trying to disguise myself.
“I wanted to give myself a mohawk when I was young and she wouldn’t let me,” Sean added. “And I’m not allowed to have a tattoo, which I still haven’t done.”
Shocked, Michelle (who admitted she has several tattoos) asked why the 36-year-old musician and activist hasn’t yet had any ink.
Sean said he can’t, “unless I do it prison style.”
Mama Yoko’s reasoning?
“You can’t erase it,” she said.
While the public may see John in Sean, the rocker said his mother still sees a diaper-clad toddler.
“She sees a little baby who’s just like running, crawling on the floor. That’s what she sees,” he said.
But not today. Today, Sean, seated alongside his mother, is promoting their collective of more than 180 members, including Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Anne Hathaway, Alec Baldwin, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert DeNiro, who are part of Artists Against Fracking, to combat the controversial drilling method of hydraulic fracking.
Sean and Yoko started the organization to combat the controversial method aimed at extracting natural gas from below the earth’s surface, but which also has been shown to leak toxic chemicals into the air and the water. The HBO documentary “Gasland” shed light on this issue, and it was even a plotline in the premiere episode of the rebooted “Dallas” on TNT.
“The research shows that it’s bad for our water, it’s bad for our air, but unfortunately we’re being sold that it’s clean when it’s actually very dirty,” Sean said.
Asked what it’s like to watch her son continuing to carry on the family tradition of standing up for causes, Yoko said it is a welcome surprise.
“It’s very interesting because… John and I never wanted to influence [him] in any way,” she said. “[When we were] doing concerts and things [like] ‘Give Peace A Chance’… he would not sing ‘Give Peace A Chance,’ in the beginning, you know. And so now, suddenly he’s very interested in this thing and he thought of it on his own and I celebrate that. It’s beautiful.”
For more information visit www.artistsagainstfracking.com.
Copyright 2014 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.