March 25th 2019 marked 50 years since John Lennon and Yoko Ono chose to spend their honeymoon in a different way.
The Beatles singer and his bride invited the media to join them for “the century’s most uncensored love-in.” Needless to say, journalists were quite surprised to find them dressed in pajamas with flowers all around them and their hair grown out, staging a protest in their Amsterdam Hilton Hotel bed.
Their aim was to protest war and spread the message of world peace. The newlyweds believed the alternative to violence was to rather stay in bed and grow your hair for peace. And they planned to stay exactly where they were for seven days.
“This is the best possible, most functional and effective way of promoting and protesting against violence that our minds, combined, could think of,” said Lennon.
Lennon and Ono continued their bed peace campaign in the Bahamas and Montreal. They even went as far as having unicorns for peace delivered to world leaders and plastering “War is over! If you want it” in full-page ads and billboards.
Ono published footage of the bed-ins she and her late husband staged in Amsterdam and Montreal on her YouTube page in 2007.
They made history, but this generation will shape the future. How do you want to be remembered in this plight for peace?