Did John Lydon Let His Political Values Go Rotten? (Video)

You need an escort to take a piss

He holds your hand and he shakes your d*ck

You’re so pretty, suburban kitty

You think you’re gonna change, rearrange your city?

Little London boys

You’re little London boys

You’re little London boys

You think you’re gonna fool me?

Johnny Thunders: “London Boys”

written by Howard William Rath, Walter Lure and John Anthony Genzale, 1978

On November 17, 2015, following a performance with his band Public Image Ltd. on Late Night With Stephen Colbert, former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon a.k.a. Johnny Rotten warned the audience:

“Don’t you dare vote Donald Trump!”

Later, in April 2016, during an interview with Metro.co.uk, Lydon grew dismissive when asked about the possibility of Trump being elected.

“No! I can’t see it happening. It’s a minority at best that support him, and it’s so hateful and ignorant. I agree with the basic principle that we’re all fed up with politicians, but you can’t replace them with businessmen, which is surely the more corrupt form!

“It’s deeply ironic and sad that people resort to running to a businessman – and one who is famous for managing to bankrupt a casino/hotel. How do you do that? Surely it’s the biggest money earner in the world!

“But people still can’t see the wood for the trees there. Everything instinctively tells me that he is a wrong’un – and I think he’s just one short temper away from World War Three, that fella!”

Strangely, during an interview with ITV’s Good Morning Britain airing on March 27, 2017, Johnny Rotten revealed that he’d changed his tune.

“The Donald! Well! Here’s a complicated fella! And as one journalist once said to me, ‘Is he the political Sex Pistol?’ In a way. But what I dislike is that the left-wing media in America are trying to smear the bloke as a racist, and that’s completely not true. There’s many, many problems with him as a human being, but he’s not that, and there just might be a chance that something good will come out of that situation because he terrifies politicians, and this is joy to behold.”

Immediately after praising Trump’s supposed anti-establishment manner, Johnny Rotten laughingly remarked that the Donald could be “a possible friend.”

Indeed, it’s no surprise that Johnny Rotten — who along with fellow Sex Pistols Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious provoked bloodthirsty ire in their native Britain by offering a V-sign to the establishment with the scathing, controversial track “God Save The Queen” and even infamously disrupted HRH Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 — would be attracted to public figures who give the impression of being indiscriminately antiauthoritarian. For instance, in 2007, he publicly endorsed Ron Paul as a candidate for President of the United States, even dedicating a performance of “Anarchy in the U.K.” to him.

However, Johnny Rotten, who in an interview with The New Yorker declared support for gay marriage, asserting that the pretext thereagainst of religious freedom is “absurd,” would likely disagree mightily and stridently with Ron Paul’s notion that defining marriage as being strictly between a man and a woman equals free speech.

Though Johnny Rotten denies claims that Donald Trump is racist, perhaps he is unaware that Donald Trump’s coming-out party of sorts was a 1973 lawsuit levied against him by the U.S. Department of Justice for carrying on his father’s practice of redlining Trump Organization properties to keep away black and Latin American residents. Moreover, as much as Johnny Rotten perceives a contrarian bent in Donald Trump, the fact that Trump was able to buy his way into the real estate aristocracy with a $40 million inheritance proves that he is about as establishment as they come.

Indeed, there comes a point where anarchy just ain’t cute anymore. Not only that, it becomes clear that when people focus more on any given public figure’s personality than on their principles (or in the Donald’s case, lack thereof), they fall short of the courage of their convictions, and Johnny Rotten ought to know better.