Clinton and Gates, specifically, have both been accused of owning and wearing "satanic upside-down crosses," a claim for which the only evidence ever presented is blurry, low-resolution photographs that prove nothing. (We note in passing that the so-called "upside-down" or "inverted" cross is actually a Christian symbol, known to Catholics as the Cross of St. Peter, or Petrine Cross, representing the upside-down crucifixion of St. Peter.)
Another set of celebrities falsely associated with upside-down cross wearing -- ironically so, given their squeaky-clean image compared to that of their main rock 'n' roll rivals early on, the Rolling Stones -- is the Beatles. A photo of John, Paul, George and Ringo taken in the mid-1960s purportedly shows them proudly displaying four upside-down crosses as they mug for press photographers:
Here, from the Getty Images archive, is the original, unaltered photograph, dated Oct. 26, 1965:
26th October 1965: The Beatles proudly show off their MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) awards at a press reception held at the Saville Theatre, after an Investiture at Buckingham Palace, London. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
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