Does Meme Show The ‘Exact Moment’ Yoko Ono Started ‘Screaming’ Around John Lennon And Chuck Berry?

Claim:

One meme depicts the moment John Lennon and Chuck Berry, while appearing on The Mike Douglas Show in 1972, reacted to Yoko Ono “screaming into the microphone.”

Valuation:

TRUE

On January 14, 2023, the Rock Reflections Facebook page posted a meme depicting a still from a video captioned “The moment Yoko Ono starts shrieking into the mic while John Lennon and Chuck Berry are singing at ‘The Mike Douglas Show’ in 1972.”

Rock Reflections also included their own caption above the meme, which read, “While Chuck might be this ‘What the…?’ has. staring, it looks like John has this ‘Oh crap, I forgot to tell him my wife is here’ on his face.”

Was the freeze frame of Berry’s wide-eyed reaction actually from another part of the song? Was this meme misleading in any way?

A review of the video showed that this meme was indeed a faithful representation of the moment.

From the 4:05 mark below, readers can see that Berry’s eyes widened at the first noise Ono made as the band played his hit song “Memphis, Tennessee.” Lennon seemed to react slightly as well, glancing slightly in Ono’s direction, but not with the expression Berry was showing.

At the 17:06 and 18:05 markers in the video, Ono can be seen singing into the microphone again. However, she is inaudible for at least part of those two subsequent moments, but is barely audible when the song ends.

A YouTube user commented, “Respect to the person who turned off Yoko’s mic. They should be found and inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.” It’s unclear if the mic was actually off. Still, after the first “screech”, Ono couldn’t be heard, at least not loudly.

On the same subject, stand-up comedian Bill Burr once joked about the moment on his Monday Morning Podcast. A YouTube user merged audio from Burr’s podcast with footage from the 1972 performance on The Mike Douglas Show.

Sources:

Bemflenco, Alexander. “Bill Burr – Lennon, Chuck Berry… and Yoko.” youtube27 Sep 2016,

Rock Reflections. “While Chuck was saying ‘What the…?’ Stare – It looks like John has this ‘Oh crap, I forgot to tell him my wife was here’ on his face.” FacebookJanuary 14, 2023,

Videoteca do Jota. “John Lennon, Yoko Ono & Chuck Berry – The Mike Douglas Show, 02/16/1972 (Legendado PT-BR).” youtubeMay 8, 2019

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