Despite recent reports that Ringo Starr was through with appearing in updates on his web site since all the fan reaction to what he posted last time, Ringo today has posted a new video on his site, announcing the winner of his photo contest.
In the video, a decidedly happier-looking Ringo says "I don't feel blue anymore, it's 2009 and I feel fine!" He also wishes everyone peace and love, and this time, it looks like he really means it.
The lucky winner of the signed drum head was Ricardo Martinelli de Medeiros. Nice to have you back, Ringo!
I'd like to share with you, with her permission, a comment I received from Robin Roberts from Pennsylvania, who is co-editor of Octopus' Garden, a Beatles fan magazine.
I've been very upset over the disrespect being shown to Ringo over his "no more signing" comment posted on his website. Ringo deserves nothing but our respect. We're going to turn our back on a man who brought us years of joy? Not this fan. There are some who are boycotting our Ringo, urging fans not to support his concerts or buy his CD's. He's being said to have "no class".
Add the fans to that list of "no class" who sent him things to sign and then turned around and sold them on ebay. Also add to that list the list of fans who never said one thank you to him for signing anything and everything sent to him.
Yes, Ringo could have worded his "displeasure" in a more "polite" way, but be honest, would it have mattered HOW he said it? I don't think so. And haven't any of these naysayers ever been so angry that they've said things at the height of that anger and then wished they had counted to 10 first?
I think Ringo has every right to be upset over this and I applaud him for his honesty. After all, he could have just "tossed" everything without saying a word, right?
There's a video on youtube right now from an irate fan wanting everyone to sign a petition, boycotting Ringo's CD's and concerts. That petition will never see my signature. After all of the years of happiness that Ringo has given me, I'm not about to throw him aside for one remark said in justified anger.
Everyone has their own opinion on this and I'll admit that when I first heard Ringo's video with him saying what he did, I was shocked because he just sounded so...rude and, yes, like a grumpy old man. But after I thought about it, I had a change of heart.
And I respect your feelings on the subject but you're not going around telling other fans to boycott his albums and concerts. That's just wrong.
John had a similar reaction way back when he made his "Jesus" remark. The fans turned on him too. So hopefully everything will "come together" just fine in the end.
RINGO STARR STATEMENT REGARDING RECENT VIDEO UPDATE ON HIS WEBSITE:
Ringo Starr recently put a video update on his official website asking people not to continue to send fan mail to be signed after October 20. This was in direct response to an inordinate amount of items which have recently appeared for sale on e-bay, and to those that repeatedly send cards and items to be signed.
This message was not aimed at "real fans" and after over 45 yrs of signing we know they will understand. Ringo has always signed items and is in fact the only Beatle to have been doing so.
Ringo also feels strongly that it is a waste of paper and we all should be mindful of our carbon footprint. At the end of the day Ringo wanted to make a message that was clear and to the point and is confident his real fans understand that. That said, the recent response from the media has prompted him to clarify that video.
"How amazed am I to the reaction to my video update. I hope this statement gets as much. Please read this in a mellow way. Peace and love, Ringo."
Most of you have already seen the video that Ringo sent out yesterday regarding a cut-off date of 20 October for autographed articles, photos, etc. After 20 October, Ringo will not be signing items mailed to him.
The video of Ringo explaining this to his fans comes across a little... abrupt. But after a great deal of investigation into why he released this video, I found that Ringo had been graciously offering to sign anything that people sent to him. And the overwhelming TON of things that he had received was mind-boggling.
On one fan site, there was a list of things that people had sent in and then a list of complaints. Here is a typical complaint, "I sent in two photos, one set of drumsticks, one t-shirt and one sweatshirt. The drumsticks were returned unsigned, and one photo was unsigned."
The complaints went on and on. No one said a word of thanks for the things that were signed. And my mind is spinning with the image of Ringo signing endless t-shirts, sweatshirts, drumsticks, and who knows what else.
It was extremely generous for Ringo to offer to sign so many items for his fans, but I imagine that when he offered to do this, he never dreamed that people would take advantage of him by sending so many things and expecting so much.
And it appears that he has reached his limit.
Bottom line... since August of 1962, Ringo has lived in a fishbowl. We've watched every little thing he's done... we've commented, critiqued, observed, and either cheered or booed. And now it's 2008... almost 2009. Enough already. Let the man have some well-deserved time to enjoy life. He had given us almost 50 years of smiles, songs, and shenanigans. Now let's be gracious and give him the rest of his life.
Before 20 October... instead of a "gimme, gimme, gimme" attitude (or as George would have phrased it, "I, me, me, mine!"), let's do something for Ringo. Let's all write to him at the address below ONLY TO SAY THANK YOU... thank you for the joy of your music, your positive attitude through the years, your love toward the fans, your Ringoisms, your headshakes and smiles, your humor, yourself. Let's send him a note to say we love you, and we support you.
If Ringo is feeling overwhelmed, taken advantage of, besieged... then let's give back to him some of the joy he has given us.
Please send a word of thanks or support (and NOTHING TO SIGN) to:
Ringo Starr 1st Floor 90 Jermyn Street London SW1Y6JD UK
And please pass the word on to everyone you know. I'd love to see his mailbox full of thanks and love, not requests and complaints.
We all love Ringo Starr, and I stood up for him last time he came out with one of his outrageous statements, that time his not wanting to only be remembered for being a Beatle.
But today, in a video on his official website, Ringo released a VERY angry message to his fans:
Here is the complete text of the message:
"This is a serious message to everybody watching my update right now. Peace and love. Peace and Love! I want to tell you, please! After the twentieth of October, do not send fan mail to any address that you have. Nothing will be signed after the twentieth of October. If that has the date on the envelope, it's gonna be tossed. I'm warning you with peace and love, but I have too much to do. So no more fan mail. Thank you, thank you. And no objects to be signed. Nothing! Ah, anyway, peace and love, peace and love."
I'm sorry, I just don't get it. Why is Ringo, all of a sudden, without warning, making angry demands of his fans?
I know, Ringo was the "reluctant" Beatle. When he was asked to join the Beatles by Brian Epstein in 1962, they were on the precipice of incredible world-wide fame, but that day when Ringo said, "Yes, I'd like to join," nobody could have known that, and Ringo had no idea what he was getting himself into.
Yes, living through Beatlemania from the inside wasn't easy, and Ringo's "done his bit" with the Beatles. He definitely deserves to have some peace in his life. No one begrudges him that, especially me. We appreciate all that Ringo has contributed to our lives and to the world.
But, doesn't he have people around him? Is there nobody advising him? His message today to fans felt to me like a slap in the face. He said "peace and love" five times, but his tone said he couldn't have meant it. Are those only words?
He says he has too much to do. What could Ringo be doing? Working on new music or the next All Starr Tour? What fan would go see him now, or ever pay for another Ringo CD?
Ringo, we owe you a lot. We love you and want what's best for you. We'll glady let you drift off into quiet retirement if that's what you want. But I think you owe us all an apology for today's crude message.
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