By Jeff Cahlon
Calls are growing to ban the Beatles’ music over their song “I Saw Her Standing There,” due to its lyric, “She was just 17, you know what I mean.”
Referring to the controversial lyric, attorney and women’s rights activist Gloria Allred said, “Oh yes, Paul, we know what you mean. You mean you’re a big ol’ perv.”
The song, written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and sung by McCartney, reached Number 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1964. The song features McCartney singing about how, having seen a girl who “was just 17” and “looked…way beyond compare”, he knew “before too long I’d fall in love with her.”
Allred said she is “calling for all Beatles songs to be immediately banned from all radio stations as well as music streaming services.”
“I only wish record stores still existed so we could ban the Beatles from them too,” Allred added.
McCartney said, “The song was meant to be romantic, but it obviously failed. I apologize deeply and profusely.”
“I would also like to apologize for this apology, which is not nearly apologetic enough,” he added. “I call for myself to be immediately investigated.”
Allred said that while it was unfortunate that fans would no longer be able to enjoy the Beatles’ music, “We need to keep our focus on the real victims—in this case, an imaginary 17 year old girl who had a song written about her without her consent.”
Allred emphasized that banning the Beatles’ music would send a strong message to men everywhere that they should only pursue women their own age.
“And not a day younger,” Allred added.
Reached for comment, Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono blamed the whole thing on McCartney.