On August 8th 1992 Morrissey played at Finsbury Park with headliners Madness. He’d worked with band members, Suggs and Cathal Smyth, and also with their producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.
During his set the crowd shouted homophobic insults & threw coins & bottles.
Increasing angry he thrashed a Union Jack about the stage & was so incensed or distressed by the ‘loathsome yobbos’ that he refused to play the 2nd day of the two day booking.
Nowadays he could phone the police & they would investigate it as a hate crime.
Back then he was denounced as a drama queen, who had blown it with his imagery & let his fans down.
The NME implied he was a racist & a fascist.
Cornershop burned his picture outside EMI.
The press dismissed violent homophobia to denounce Morrissey for his art & for refusing to explain himself to the press who had dismissed violent homophobia.
Morrissey has always said that he was attracted to men and women, and talked about transexuality and gender. In 1991 he’d toured with lesbian singer, Phranc. It’s likely that at least some of the audience had been targeting what they thought they knew about his sexuality.
Years later the NME plunged him into yet another race row because he thought Knightsbridge – the most expensive street in London – had lost its local character.
28 years later The Guardian asked if he was showing his true colours.
Love Music Hate Racism used it to say he has a long history of supporting Far Right organisations – his only other ‘support’ being a comment that The BNP should be allowed to speak (Morrissey is from an Irish Catholic family, he supported a United Ireland & between 1988 & 1994 Sinn Fein’s politicians had their voices banned on UK television) – which also turned into a race row.
Former friends eager to cast him out as a tax exile (foreign now, nothing to do with them) have never said a word about it:
& if you read Morrissey’s press there are numerous examples of low key homophobic or transphobic jokes.
For example, David Quantick, who created 2019’s #Moztits Twitter hashtag (attacking him for having a feminine/fat body), described him in 1997 as ‘Mozz Flanders in a dank cellette’. Or ‘Dorrissey’ the Morrissey parody in the 1980s video game ‘Rock Star Ate My Hamster’.
Which might be why the homophobia has been entirely written out of the story.