Ok, again, because you guys have asked for it, WHY I DON'T LIKE GEORGE!
I will try to be sensible & level-headed, but no promises, so if you *DO* like George, I'd advise against you not reading any further, as you will most likely only get pissed off. Don't say I didn't warn you...
I haven't always disliked George (notice I didn't use the word hate, because I feel that's far too strong a sentiment in this case). In fact many many many years ago I liked him a lot! Outwardly he seemed nice enough, and he was adorable on stage, and I still like his voice when it's untouched by all the weird special effects he and John started using in their later years. But I suppose as the years went on, and I read more and more books about The Beatles, and I started observing the way George behaved IRL, I started to kind of not like him as much. I started to lose respect for him as a person, and I eventually, I found him to be, basically, a grumpy old man who was once a grumpy young man. Then he died, and I realized how sad it made me (yeah, I cried my little head off, but thankfully my hubby was there to comfort me), so I figured, he can't have been that bad, right?
And he's not. I just personally do have some issues with him, and there are things about him that really bother me. I also have to be honest in saying part of the problem that I have with him recently is his rabid/obsessed fans who refuse to hear a bad thing about him AND they deify him. I've got no qualms with George being someone's favorite, but what I do have a problem with is blind devotion (as my past rants have clearly shown). I guess I'm just tired of people not thinking. But I digress....
So, my biggest problem with George is that I just don't like him as a person. I find him to be, on the whole, grumpy, caustic, rude, scheming, jealous, ungrateful, and I feel that his constant negative attitude really brought the band down. The same goes for his snide, back handed, subversive comments.
And it's not just about George; I don't personally like negative, manipulative people in general. And I really REALLY have problems with people who complain about their situation in life and do nothing to change it. George had a sign in his gate that said "FUCK OFF" in about 10 different languages. Yeah, I know he wanted his privacy, and probably deserved it, but he could have left The Beatles back in 1965 when he decided he hated touring and I bet his fame would not have been nearly as bad as it became in later years, but he still could have easily lived off the money from their first few albums royalties without working another day. In fact, after their last concert in 1966 he even said "That's it, I'm not a Beatle anymore." So, if he disliked being a Beatle so badly, why didn't he just quit? I know he liked the music aspect of it, but even then for the last couple years, he seemed to get very bitter and jealous towards John and Paul about it all, and not really enjoy it as much.
I guess I just feel like, expecially after they stopped touring, if George hated it so much, he should have just left, instead of poisoning the group with his bitterness. And let's face it, as a studio musician he was not that stellar and, per John's suggestion during the "Let it be" sessions when George stormed out, could have easily been replaced.
Now before you all go bat-shit crazy on me and say, much like Paul did, "It's not The Beatles without George!" let me explain. I think (now remember, this is just my opinion), that George was the most expendable of The Beatles. Honestly, what did he bring to the table? John and Paul obviously brought the majority (and in my opinion the best) music. Ringo was the heart and the glue especially there towards the end. George? A bunch of shitty Indian music (just my opinion), and some weak lead guitar work...so weak in fact that often George M. covered up his solos with piano bits or Paul or John did the lead guitar on the recordings. He just was not that great of a studio muscician, nor was he a genius on the guitar (though I will admit he got a lot better towards the end). There is nothing masterful about how he plays (my opinion), and I think he could have easily been replaced, or not replaced by an outsider at all. If they were no longer touring, Paul and John could easily have picked up all his guitar duties without a second thought, and The Beatles would have just continued going on one member short. This is not to say that George was not methodical and didn't try very hard and practice a whole lot, or that he was bad at guitar, all I'm saying is that in my opinion he was not 'irreplaceable.'
Another big thing I really don't like about George is how he treated/viewed the fans. Yeah, OK, I can see how people hanging about your gate (and trying to stab you) can be annoying, but is a sign that says "Fuck Off" really necessary? It all ties back to the whole fame thing above. He seemed to really enjoy the money he made off of us, but then got annoyed by all the attention. So either he was just a whiney/grumpy person in general or he was a hypocrite who loved the benefits of fame but refused to accept the bad aspects of it. Come on, even a kid knows that consequences follow every choice you make, good or bad.
The rest of it all is just incedentals, and doesn't really affect my opinion of him as a person. So, much as I would like to rant about it, I don't think the fact that I don't like the majority of his music, or that I think he has bad teeth really has any place here in this particular rant. Also, you don't need to go and point out to me (by way of defense) what a great sense of humor he had or how great "The Life of Brian" is. I know all that, and I agree. This particular rant is just my personal opinion of why I don't like him as a person, so please don't set out to try to make me love George, because I can tell you, it ain't gonna happen!
So, I will just close with one teensy little irrational thing that really bugs me about George: I HATE that he refused to do the 3rd and last new single for The Anthologies. I think it was mean-sprited and selfish of him to do so. It seriously bugs me.