Well, I wrote this at like 3:00 in the morning so it might be complete sh*t, but I'd like to get some feedback, anyway. Be brutal.
Last night I was talking about Beatles wives and girlfriends with my mom and aunts, and I happened to mention that I thought all the people who came out praising Linda (Paul McCartney's wife) saying how she was such a good person (which she was), etc, were hypocrites, because 80% of them were probably the ones who were trashing her all over the place before she got breast cancer. I told them about how much I admire Linda, her great marriage with Paul, and her photography.
Well, one of my aunts said that she "never really liked" Linda, and then went on to say some horrid things that I don't really want to repeat, basically calling her a liar and a slut. I felt like telling her to shut up, but I didn't, because, well, 14-year-olds don't tell their aunts to shut up, for obvious reasons. So therefore I had to sit in angered silence, listening to her bash this wonderful woman with utter disregards to the facts that were lying right in front of her face. When I got home I was seething with rage at her ignorance and that's what compelled me to get up at 2:44 AM to write this article.
In my opinion, anyone who hates a Beatlegirl (except in the case of Yoko) is probably just jealous. Stupid, nieve little fangirls who think that they're going to marry some rock star who is ten years older than them. That really just make me laugh. I mean, does that kind of thing ever happen in real life?
Anyways, despite her lack of musical ability, Linda was truly a great person. Did you ever see her photography? It's excellent! In fact, the last photoshoot The Beatles ever did was with her. Lady Lindy had a way with rock stars, she made them feel at ease, and relaxed. This is what made her such a respected photographer. She was also very socially aware and involved in many charities.
Most importantly, she was exactly what Paul needed, a strong-minded woman who could show him that he wasn't always right. Like his ex-girlfriend Jane Asher, Linda could usually set Paul straight when he was about to do something stupid. Of course, she couldn't prevent him from doing every stupid thing (McCartney/Lennon, anyone? ) but for the most part she usually stopped him. While it's true that she was the one who put the bee in his bonnet about vegetarianism, I think that was likely to happen anyway, what with the whole "hippie" era and the "rock stars doing good" fad, which apparantly never ended. Besides, two of Paul's bandmates were also vegetarian, so, even if Linda hadn't talked it into him one of them would have, most likely. And it's not like there's anything wrong with being a vegetarian in the first place! Sure, sometimes Sir Paul gets a little carried away, but his intentions are good, and he means well. Linda usually managed to keep him in line, though. It's only recently that his touring demands have become so ridiculous.
Have you noticed how the ratio of stupid things he's done went down after he married her and up after she passed away? Of course, it doesn't help that his young new wife Heather Mills (affectionately refferred to on Beatles forums as "The one-legged Yoko") has been encouraging his stupid behaviour. You don't want to get me started on her, though.
To all the people out there who think Linda "conned" Paul into marrying her, (I sincerly hope there are not that many of you) I say, GROW UP! I mean, for goodness sake. Just look at their incredible marriage! They were married for almost 30 years! That's a record in rock history! And did you know that for all those years they were married, they were not apart a night, save for the 10 days Paul spent in jail for possesion of marijuana?
And another thing to consider is that she was his muse. if it weren't for Linda, we wouldn't have such great songs as "My Love" or "Maybe I'm Amazed" (both of which Paul has said hold great meaning to him). Although Linda may have insipred Paul to write his fair share of "Silly Love Songs" she also inspired him to write the touching and beautiful ballads that made him so successful.
You know, some people tend to think that since I have such a huge crush on Paul, I would be jealous of his wife. And I am- a little. But to tell you the truth, if Paul couldn't marry me (which he most certainly couldn't) I'm glad he married "The Lovely Linda". I hope that today's generation of female Beatles fans as well as tomorrow's generation realize this, and instead of hating her, they look up to her. In fact, this rule could apply for any Beatlegirl, regardless of who they married, like George's first wife Patti Boyd (also despised) and Ringo's first wife Maureen Cox (ditto). We could take a page out of some certain girl's books, because there was actually a fan club formed in England for John's first wife Cynthia Lennon, who married John before The Beatles hit it big. It's obvious that you're never going to marry your celebrity crush, so why not just be happy for those who did?
So in conclusion, I would like to say that Linda McCartney most certainly did not deserve the hatred and loathing that she recieved from so many irrational teenybopper fans. She was a kind-hearted human being who really cared about others. And, I hate to end this article on a cliche, but, there is one thing I would like to say to all the Linda haters out there: "What did she ever do to you?"