KY: Yeah, sure. I have so many feelings, but I'll stick to facts too. So ever since Yoko came into the picture, which was around 1967/1968 — around the time John Lennon got divorced from his first wife, Cynthia — a lot of Beatlemania fans, and journalists alike, didn't like her.
It was very easy to [blame Yoko for] breaking up the Beatles when she entered John's life around the late sixties. I think mainly because it's easier to place the blame on a woman, especially a woman who is not white, and not place the blame on the men involved in the band, who actually broke up the band.
So the narrative, all of these decades later, has been that Yoko Ono broke up the Beatles and she controlled John Lennon's voice and personality and all these other things. But what I loved about the documentary, and what I wrote in the article — it was kind of cheeky — were all the reasons that Yoko broke up the Beatles, and the proof was just like her sitting quietly in the corner, reading a newspaper or knitting or patting John's head or something.
She was just very quiet and supportive and she was there during the whole recording session, but she didn't break up the Beatles. And all of these decades later, no matter what interview she's done from 1971 until 2009 on The View with Barbara Walters, they would ask her, "Are you happy that the Beatles broke up?" and Yoko would say, "No, they were a great band, but by that point they were together for 10 years and they grew up a whole lot and they wanted to explore their personalities and delve into new creative outlets and the Beatles were holding them back as individuals.
I think the public couldn't accept that about John Lennon, so they just easily placed the blame on a woman.