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The movie “U.S. vs. John Lennon is” a nonfictional picture based on the life story of John Lennon, the English rock and pop musician. The film-makers of this movie have brought up the issue of the efforts of the United States government to try and silence one of the most open rock and roll musicians. John Lennon became popular because he was outspoken and as well as the antiwar rallies that he held during the Vietnam War era. John was rallying and fighting for peace in the late 1960s and 1970s. The attempts of the United Sates government under the presidency of Richard Nixon to quiet John Lennon increased his fame and popularity. News about failed and massacred troops circulated in the U.S. thus creating a lot of tension; John acted as the people’s voice (The U.S. vs. John Lennon, 2006).
The attempts to silence John Lennon by the U.S. government show that the government failed to protect and respect the freedom of speech by the citizens. There were high consequences for John Lennon and his crisis with the government of the U.S. The documentary uncovers the truth about the Richard Nixon’s efforts to isolate John Lennon and, eventually, deport him to an unknown location. This was an ill act of the government towards people exercising their right to freedom of speech. John Lennon is viewed as a threat by the government of the U.S. because of speaking his mind and holding peace rallies (The U.S. vs. John Lennon, 2006).
The movie covers efforts of silencing John Lennon and his followers that were together with him involved in the antiwar activism. In the entire film, the viewers can see two aspects of the situation: the events and protests John Lennon had organized, like the rally "Give Peace a Chance" and ideas such as the bagism and the bed peace. There was also increased fear in the U.S. government security agencies such as the CIA that led to a deportation notice that was found in Lennon’s house notifying him that his provisional visit to the United States was over and that he had to leave. The film shows us the efforts by police and CIA to accuse John Lennon of crimes like drug abuse (The U.S. vs. John Lennon, 2006).
In my opinion it was fair that the U.S. government stopped John Lennon from becoming a U.S. citizen. This is due to the fact that John had several followers on his anti war campaign, therefore, making him a U.S. citizen would have granted him the full rights the U.S. citizen enjoys and this would make it hard for the government to stop or control him. As a result, this would weaken the citizens’ trust in the government thus making them lose confidence in their government.
In relation to the high rating that this movie received from its viewers, it is evident that people often support their opinions of such material on unsophisticated political sympathies instead of objective evaluation of filmmaking expertise. This is a compelling documentary as it just talks about involvement of John Lennon in the Vietnam War. It does not state the cause or talks about the end of the Vietnam War. John Lennon was assassinated in the year 1980, the U.S. government could have been involved in his death due to the previous attempt to silence him, and, however, due to the lack of evidence and facts the involvement of the U.S. government in the assassination of John Lennon is not proven.