By: Catherine Mitchell
The day the Beatles became bigger than Jesus was considered as sacrilege to some, but a look into the future for John Lennon.
On March 4, 1966, during a Beatles press conference John Lennon stated, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that. I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now. I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity.”
As expected, this statement caused a bit of controversy especially, in the U.S. and South Africa, according to the BBC. Lennon’s quote was not published in the U.S. until four months later, yet people reacted by burning records, anti-Beatles demonstrations led by the Ku Klux Klan and 22 radio stations banned their songs. South Africa banned all of their albums.
The strangest part of the entire debacle is the fact that Lennon was actually on to something. A 2009 study conducted by Google shows The Beatles were indeed bigger than the Almighty.
According to The Guardian, a Google search that contained the term “beatles” out-ranked those that contained “jesus.” Way to make a prediction, John!
Watch the footage of the press conference above and share your thoughts in the comment section.