The statement explained, in part, that, "This was in direct response to an inordinate amount of items which have recently appeared for sale on e-bay, and to those that repeatedly send cards and items to be signed. (The) message was not aimed at 'real fans' and after over 45 years of signing we know they will understand. Ringo has always signed items and is in fact the only Beatle to have been doing so."The message went on to say, "Ringo also feels strongly that it is a waste of paper and we all should be mindful of our carbon footprint. At the end of the day Ringo wanted to make a message that was clear and to the point and is confident his real fans understand that.
Starr added a personal message to the press releases saying, "How amazed am I to the reaction to my video update. I hope this statement gets as much. Please read this in a mellow way. Peace and love, Ringo."
Check out the video:
And just to clarify I will continue to sign anything that is sent to me... And if you're not interested in an Anthony autograph, I have no problem signing Ringo's name on any Beatles item.