Laptop Advert Stars John Lennon Impersonator
BEATLES legend John Lennon has been impersonated in an advert for the first time since his death 28 years ago.
A man who sounds a bit like Lennon features in a new video for the One Laptop Per Child Foundation.
The impersonator, approved by Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, urges the world to 'imagine' what it would be like if every child had a laptop and could 'access a universe of information' and Google Ads.
Tom Logan, secretary of the British Association of John Lennon Impersonators (BAJLI), said: "John Lennon impersonators have always been committed to ending poverty and promoting world peace so we were more than happy to endorse this project."
He added: "We'll never really know if the real John Lennon would have supported it, mainly because his last known whereabouts was a jar on Yoko Ono's mantelpiece.
"I suspect however that he would have, given all those songs he wrote about cheap computers being more important than food and hospitals."
A spokesman for the OLPC Foundation said: "We had thought about using footage of him singing Imagine, or an excerpt from an interview where he says something meaningful and profound, but, for some reason, neither of them included the word 'laptop'."
OLPC confirmed the next advert would feature a Lennon impersonator performing a new version of Imagine but with specially updated lyrics:
Imagine there's no laptops
It isn't hard to do
Particularly as this song was written 37 years ago
When most computers were the size of a bungalow
I don't know how important computers are
But I'd imagine they're mostly used for shopping
Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh
You may say I'm a dreamer
But that's because I've finally got a laptop
When I said imagine having no possessions
I obviously wasn't talking about laptops