John Lennon’s Son Sean Believes America ‘Systematically Squandered’ Empathy

In a recent tweet, Sean Ono Lennon opined about America’s trajectory in global sympathy post-9/11.

Reflecting on the international goodwill directed towards the U.S. in the aftermath of the tragic event, he suggested:

“I remember just after 9/11, America rightly had the sympathy of the entire world. We then systematically squandered that sympathy. Just saying.”

However, this sentiment stirred a mix of responses on the platform. One follower, drawing parallels to the Israel-Gaza conflict, criticized Sean’s perceived stance on the matter:

“Oh dear, Jews surrounded by those who wish to exterminate them and who pursue it daily have lost Sean’s sympathy. Israel should let Hamas rape their women and cut their babies’ heads off to regain Sean’s sympathy. On their gravestones, write: ‘We had Sean’s sympathy.'”

In a swift clarification, Sean expressed his fondness for Israel and responded to the follower’s aggressive remarks:

“I absolutely support Israel; it is one of my favorite places in the world. You, however, have revealed yourself to be a piece of trash, and I have zero sympathy for you.”

Sean went on to elaborate in a subsequent tweet:

“I am not saying the situation is the same. It is different in an infinity of ways. I’m just saying there are things we can learn. Just my opinion. Israel is one of the greatest, most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. To have an opinion does not preclude my love for it.”

Sean’s remarks come at a time of heightened tension in the Middle East.

Reports suggest that Israel has issued an evacuation directive for civilians in Gaza City amid fears of a ground offensive. The United Nations noted that 1.1 million residents in northern Gaza received a warning to evacuate. Since the initiation of an incursion by Hamas on October 7, the conflict has reportedly resulted in the loss of 2,800 lives from both sides.

Sean has also been vocal about rising antisemitism. In 2022, he shared data from the FBI, illustrating that Jews in the U.S. are disproportionately targeted by hate crimes. The musician also took a stand against the disturbing surge in hate speech, especially following the controversies surrounding Kanye West.

On a more personal note, Julian Lennon, Sean’s older brother and also a musician, revealed plans for a potential collaboration with Sean. Discussing the idea on Bill Maher’s Club Random podcast, Julian expressed admiration for Sean’s talent and work ethic. As of now, details about their collaboration remain under wraps.

You can see the tweets below.