At a concert in Toronto on April 26th 2019 Morrissey said on stage:
I’m a very cosmopolitan person. I’m a Christian. I’m very well travelled. I’ve heard of Faith Goldy. (Audience boos) What? I said I’ve HEARD of her!
He later dedicated a song to Marrisa Shen, a child who may have been murdered by a Syrian refugee (the case is yet to come to trial).
His comments were interpreted as anti-immigrant.
But as Faith had recently exploited the murder of Marrisa in a failed bid to become Mayor of Toronto, and as Morrissey had recently come to believe that the press, the police and the state were ignoring crimes committed by ethnic minorities because it didn’t fit their ideological narrative while smearing anyone as a racist who wanted crimes to be fairly investigated – it was very likely something to do with that.
London is second only to Bangladesh for acid attacks. All of the attacks are non-white, and so they cannot be truthfully addressed by the British government or the Met Police or the BBC because of political correctness. What this means is that the perpetrator is considered to be as much of a victim as the actual victim. We live in the Age of Atrocity. (Morrissey, Central, April 2018)
And his suspicion was backed up by a review of his concert in which the reviewer lamented that he hadn’t highlighted a crime where immigrants were the victims rather than a perpetrator – as if the point of talking about crime isn’t to get justice, but to police public opinion.
Later, Morrissey dedicated a song to Marrissa Shen, a 13-year-old girl from British Columbia whose accused murderer is a Canadian resident of Syrian descent. The homicide trial has become common fodder for anti-immigration sentiment in Canada. Instead of a seemingly random reference, it felt like a harsh reminder of so many of Morrissey’s troubling political statements. Why not take the opportunity, for instance, to acknowledge the Bruce McArthur case, wherein the victims were largely immigrants?
It’s doubtful Morrissey knew much about Faith Goldy.
While he was refusing to appear on Jimmy Kimmel with Duck Dynasty because they kill animals, she was defending their right to hunt and be homophobic (Sun News Network, December 2013), while he was denouncing Donald Trump for not comforting the gay community in the wake of the Orlando massacre, she was was disgusted by gay sex and blaming the gay community for being against guns and homophobia (Rebel News video, June 17th 2016)
By this stage in his North American tour, under pressure from relentless bad publicity, he seemed unwell, defiant, but confused, depressed, and disheveled.
He hadn’t mentioned her before, and he hasn’t mentioned her since.