Soul singer Cee Lo Green has come under fire for changing the lyrics to John Lennon's "Imagine" when he performed the song on New Years Eve in New York.
Critics say Cee Lo "bastardised" the original by changing the lyric "and no religion too" to the exact opposite: "all religion is true."
Lennon fans took to Twitter in force to condemn the rewrite. According to Billboard (via NME), Cee Lo tweeted an explanation saying: "Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that's all." The message was soon deleted.
Is the edit really that bad? Lennon's original song wasn't so much an antheist anthem than a set of ideas which draw a picture of a free world. If Cee Lo's ammendment imagines a world where every religion is true, then perhaps Cee Lo remains within the creative remit of the song. But we digress.
Perhaps the damage was done when Cee Lo dared to meddle with Lennon's poetry, but it remains a contentious issue.
Did Cee Lo mess with the wrong artist, or do you think there was integrity to his decision? Share your reaction in the comments.