People are slamming famous punk rocker for complaining about the homeless. But he's got a good reason.

Los Angeles is experiencing a homelessness epidemic with the number of unhoused people rising 75% over the past six years.

About 54,000 of the city's four million residents are currently experiencing homelessness and the root cause is the city's lack of affordable housing. According to LAist, since 2000, renter incomes have decreased by 3% while rents have gone up 32%.

The city recently created a quarter-cent increase in its sales tax to fund programs to help house these residents, but encampments are still popping up throughout the city.


Venice Beach, a swanky West L.A. neighborhood famous for its eccentric residents, has seen one of the largest increases in unhoused people.

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Venice Beach resident Johnny Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), lead vocalist of iconic punk groups Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd, has become fed up with the unhoused people in his neighborhood and has even called the cops on them.

“They moved in en masse. They're all young, they're all like 24," Rotten told Newsweek. “They're aggressive, and because there's an awful lot of them together they're gang-y."

He recently called the police on some people for setting up an encampment in front of his house. “They came over the gate and put their tent inside, right in front of the front door. It's like... the audacity," he complained.

Rotten's outrage is ironic, given the fact he penned the authority-bashing classic “Anarchy in the U.K."

People on social media are bashing Lydon for what appears to be hypocritical coming from a man who once said, "If you give me the chance, I'll destroy America for you."

While it's easy to point a finger at Rotten for betraying his punk image, he's dealing with serious personal issues. His wife Nora Forster is in the mid-stages of Alzheimer's Disease. Lydon says his wife is “struggling to cope" with the influx of vagrants.

Lydon insists he's not a hypocrite.

“No, I'm a bloke that's worked hard for his money and I expect to be able to use my own front door," he said in his usual blunt matter.

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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