On the 26th of October 2019, at a gig at the Hollywood Bowl, Morrissey wore a ‘Fuck the Guardian’ t-shirt.
In 2010 the Guardian had taken up the NME’s homophobic hate campaign that started in 1992.
Having his words relentlessly hyper policed for racism after he was violently attacked for being (perceived as) gay led him to believe that Anne Marie Waters, an Irish, lesbian, vegan, feminist, wannabe politician (an unlikely background for a British nationalist), was similarly a victim:
I despise racism. I despise fascism.
I would do anything for my Muslim friends and I know they would do anything for me… do not be influenced by the tyrannies of the MSM who will tell you that For Britain are racist or fascist – please believe me,
they are the very opposite… This is my last political strike. No wish to upset anyone! (Morrissey, Central, April 2018)
By May 2019 he dropped For Britain:
I am not an activist, I have never voted for a political party, I do not belong to any political party… I do not believe the most important thing about a person is the colour of their skin. (Morrissey, Kipper Central, June 2019)
But was (and often still is) wrongly described as the supporter of a far right party or aligned with the far right.
The t-shirt caused more frenzy in the press and social media:
With such anti-fascist things as jokes about his sexuality:
His gender identity:
And his body:
His distress at the Guardian was framed as a right-wing attack on the liberal-left:
But at times, he couldn’t help himself, at one point donning a T-shirt bearing a profanity directed at the Guardian, a left-leaning British newspaper that has criticized his rhetoric in recent years. (August Brown, Los Angeles Times, October 2019)
Despite his band wearing Fuck Trump t-shirts:
And the homage to his heroine, Patti Smith: