Sir Paul McCartney, the Beatles legend, wrote a blog post for PETA prior to his birthday. In the blog post, he details his sole wish for the big day: that people will finally stop eating meat and, ideally, go vegetarian.
"All I've ever wanted for my birthday is peace on Earth — including for animals," The Beatles bassist wrote in the blog post. "That's why this year, I'm urging fans to watch a video I hosted for PETA, titled 'Glass Walls.' We called it that because if slaughterhouses had glass walls, who would want to eat meat?"
"Whether you're worried about diseases that spring from slaughterhouses, the animals who suffer terribly and needlessly, or the catastrophic impact of the meat industry on our environment, please watch this short video and share it with your friends," McCartney added.
McCartney may be stuck at home in self isolation like the rest of us these days, but that hasn't stopped him from staying engaged with the music world. Over the past few months alone, he has performed live for Lady Gaga's "One World: Together At Home Concert", reignited a fun beef with a vocal Mick Jagger, and penned thoughtful tributes to fallen friends like Little Richard and Astrid Kirchherr, a longtime photographer of The Beatles.
In the light of the racial tension in USA, Paul McCartney posted a statement of support for protests for racial justice on Friday. "We all need to work together to overcome racism in any form," he wrote. "We need to learn more, listen more, talk more, educate ourselves and, above all, take action."
McCartney once recounted a concert the Beatles were booked to play at Jacksonville's Gator Bowl in 1964, and how when they learned that it would be a segregated audience they refused to play. "We never play to segregated audiences and we aren't going to start now," John
Lennon said at the time. "I'd sooner lose our appearance money." The concert ended up being the first nonsegregated audience there. After that, the Beatles incorporated a clause in their contracts guaranteeing audiences would not be segregated.