Guardian’s Hate Campaign

The person described by The Guardian Of Hate is not me, and their stance attributed to me is not mine. But, pleased be warned: they are having great fun and they will not STOP.

Morrissey, Morrissey Central, 10 October 2019

Morrissey with his “Fuck the Guardian” t-shirt. Bless him. If he’d fucked anything ever, he might be less of a liability.

Louis Barfe @AlanKelloggs, Twitter, October 27, 2019

The UK press started attacking Morrissey’s sexuality in 1983 by associating the songs Reel Around the Fountain and Handsome Devil with sex crimes against children.

The BBC have finally rumbeled the unpleasant truth behind ‘hip’ Manchester band, The Smiths. This trendy outfit, whose repulsive repertoire includes perverted paeans to child molesting, were having their scheduled-to-be-repeated David Jenson session looked into by Beeb officials as we went to press. To the the anger and embarrassment of many Sounds staffers, the band’s sicko songs, were first brought to the world’s attention, and in fact praised by David McCullough who described them as “the kind of ultra-violent crime rock’n’roll needs”. Try telling that to the mother of the Brighton boy recently gang raped by paedophiles. (Garry Bushell, Sounds, 10 September 1993)

By 1986 they’d found a way to hide their homophobia behind spurious racism/nationalism allegations which culminated in a five page denouncation in the NME after he was attacked by homophobes at a gig and they accused him of inciting it by holding a Union Jack for three minutes.

The men’s men in the crowd offer the opinion that Morrissey is a ‘poofy bastard’ and elevate many a middle finger… Who can even be bothered to feel any sympathy…? (Select, October 1993)

In 2007, he was interviewed in the NME by Tim Jonze.

London had recently gentrified and he was asked if he would move back. A few pull-quotes were used to make it seem as if he hated immigrants and wanted immigration to be stopped.

the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears

England was thrown away.

If you walk through Knightsbridge on any bland day of the week you won’t hear an English accent. You’ll hear every accent under the sun apart from the British accent.

the gates are flooded. And anybody can have access to England and join in.

Morrissey, NME, 1 December 2007

When in fact – he was just saying that England had changed, he missed the past, but he was getting used to the rest of the world.

Isn’t immigration enriching the British identity, rather than diluting it?

It does in a way, and it’s nice in a way. But you have to say goodbye to the Britain you once knew.

That’s just the world changing.

But the change in England is so rapid compared to the change in any other country. If you walk through Knightsbridge on any bland day of the week you won’t hear an English accent. You’ll hear every accent under the sun apart from the British accent.

That’s not true, you sound like a Tory.

Mmmmmm. I understand, because I would like the freedom to go around the world and be anywhere. So you have to allow others the same freedom, really. So I’m not sitting here saying it’s a terrible thing. I’m saying it’s a reality and to many people it’s shocking.

After the infamous race rowdo you not worry about talking about this?

Not really, because the more I travel the more I love the world as a whole.

Tim Jonze interviewing Morrissey, NME, 1 Dembemer 2007

The article connected his mild remarks to the homophobic article from 1992.

This is not the first time that Morrissey has trod clumsily around the area of immigration. At the start of the 90s there was a huge fallout between Morrissey and this magazine. On August 22nd 1992 NME’s cover featured an image of Morrissey prancing around on stage at Finsbury Park with a Union Jack flag

so there we leave it, shocked that 15 years on, we’re once again locking horns with Morrissey over the issue of cultural identity in Britain. Morrissey, the son of immigrants, who has lived for most of the past decade in either LA or Rome wants others to have the freedom to travel the world like him, but implies that he would shut the gates to people coming to live in the UKAt the very least it smacks of naive hypocrisy, but mostly sounds like the ravings of a rogue Tory MP. And at the very worst? Well, we’re certain that Morrissey would absolutely seek to distance himself from racist organisations, what he won’t realise is that the language he’s using about a ‘traditional’ England lost under a ‘flood’ of immigration dangerously echoes that used by the crypto-fascist BNP.

NME, 1 December 2007 –

The National Front/BNP was (and is) violently homophobic and anti-Irish Catholic.

later that same evening a thirty strong nazi goon-squad did attempt a “hit” on an Irish pub in Kilburn, North London. Portinari’s mate Charlie Sargent, the C18 boss who led the assault, claimed it was an attempt to “ethnically cleanse” the Irish out of North London.

Matthew Collins, Hope Not Hate, 7 February 2017

The Admiral Duncan atrocity hit LGBTQ people, although one of those killed was a pregnant woman who was having a drink with her husband, who was seriously injured. They were having a night out with two gay friends, both of whom also died… Within days of the Admiral Duncan bombing, a 22-year-old Londoner had been arrested and charged. He was David James Copeland, who had been a member of the far-right British National Party then, disillusioned by their lack of paramilitary action, joined the more hard-line National Socialist Movement. Even before the arrest, other right-wing factions had gleefully claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Will Stroude, Attitude, 29 April 2019

The Aftermath of the Admiral Duncan bomb, 30th April 1999

A history that’s been erased by the UK media.

In the middle of this third night of four sold out London shows, Morrissey is about to reach the chorus of his melodramatic, sweeping ballad “Home is a Question Mark”, a highlight from last year’s album Low in High School, when a man at the front of the crowd unfurls a Union Jack flag, waving it proudlyThat this happened on the day that the NME’s final print edition was published added a mischievous undercurrent: the magazine’s criticism of Morrissey for waving the flag during a concert supporting Madness in 1992, the point at which all subsequent controversy is rooted, was the first sign that Morrissey’s halo was slipping.

(Shaun Curren, the Independent, 12 March 2018)

Accusations of racism have dogged Morrissey for years, of course, from his flirtations with fascist imagery in the Nineties (he famously sang “National Front Disco” at a Finsbury Park festival while draped in a Union Jack flag)… Morrissey’s defence following each furore invariably revolves around his misrepresentation at the hands of a hostile press, yet another symptom of the persecution complex that has been a feature of his life and career.

(Fiona Sturges, the Independent,  30 October 2019)

In 2010 Tim Jonze became a music editor at The Guardian, from then on, the paper would use the same demonisation techniques as the NME – out of context quotes, negative framing, repetition, guilt by assocation.

Stories attacked his personality – he was nasty, cancelled gigs for no good reason, was an idiot.

Attacked his career – he was irrelevant, he had a terrible band, he was a bad writer.

And smeared him as right-wing, reactionary and a racist.

Journalists connected to the Melody Maker, the NME and the Guardian slandered him to the music industry and lobbied for colleagues, friends, and fans to drop him.

They wrote hit pieces in other publications – in particular the New Statesman and the Quietus.

Stories were amplified on social media and copy pasted by Spin, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, the LA Times, Junkee and other culture/gossip platforms.

What Is the Appeal of Morrissey in 2016? – …it finally seems like there is a level of peak Morrissey occurring, in which many people are finally giving up on him. Among my friends and colleagues, I know people who, years ago, would have fought his corner until they were a bloody ball of pulp and mush, but can now barely muster an exhausted sigh when it comes to discussing or defending him.

(Daniel Dylan Wray, vice, 24 August 2016)

It was the Guardian that gave the allegations credibility and clout.

Being harassed by a left-wing newspaper convinced Morrissey that the left had switched places with the right and made him believe that a vegan politician – who had gone from the left to the far right – was also being lied about.

But also, it seems to me that, in England at the moment, the right wing has adopted a left wing stance, and the left wing has adopted a right wing stance, so everybody’s confused, and nobody seems to know what people mean. (Morrissey, Sam Esty Rayner YouTube channel, 17 December 2017)

Which escalated the Guardian’s attacks – and mainstreamed a far right ideology Morrissey has never endorsed in thousands of social media posts and copy paste articles.

Given the inexhaustible Hate Campaign executed against me by The Guardian and their followers, I am pleased with the UK chart position for “California son”… It is worth noting that their chief antagonist in this Hate Campaign is someone I took to court some years ago for writing lies about me. He lost his court battle then, and now he’s seeking his personal revenge by using The Guardian, who have been harassing everyone and anyone connected with my music imploring them to say something terrible about me for print. (Morrissey, Morrissey Central, 31 May 2019)

While Morrissey withdrew entirely from the mainstream media and posts statements and interviews on Morrissey Central, a website run by a relative, that tries to prove the Guardian wrong by posting videos and articles from far right sources that attracts the online support of white nationalists, thereby proving the Guardian right.

It’s not clear if this is misguided or if – as so often happens – Morrissey jumped out of the frying pan into the fire.

Whatever the future holds – however it’s retrofitted – the racist allegations against him are a lie, and the Guardian did harass him, viz.:

1. Morrissey forced off stage at Coachella by smell of burning meat – Mon 20 Apr 2009 – Tim Jonze

“I can smell burning flesh … and I hope to God it’s human,” he said. This was no mere wisecrack, though.

Tim Jonze, the Guardian, 20 April 2009

2. Morrissey in hospital after on stage collapse – Sat 24 Oct 2009 – James Orr

The former Smiths frontman Morrissey was rushed to hospital tonight after collapsing on stage at the start of a concert… “Everybody started booing, thinking ‘here we go again’. He has a bit of a poor track record for cancelling his concerts.” Morrissey has already cancelled a string of concerts this year due to an “unspecified illness”.

James Orr, the Guardian, 24 October 2009

3. Morrissey reignites racism row by calling Chinese a ‘subspecies’ – Fri 3 Sep 2010 – Alexandra Topping (racism, subspecies)

4. Morrissey Interview: Big Mouth Strikes again – Fri 3 Sep 2010 – Simon Armitage (racism, subspecies)

5. Morrissey, this joke isn’t funny anymore – Fri 3 Sep 2010  – Tom Clark – (racism, subspecies)

A judge once branded Morrissey “devious, truculent and unreliable” and it won’t take long to reach a verdict on the latest case against him. He tells Simon Armitage in the Guardian’s weekend magazine that “you can’t help but feel the Chinese are a subspecies”, a remark even nastier than his miserable rant against immigration in England a few years ago. There really is no defence. Loyal fans might, perhaps, plead in mitigation that these cruel words were unleashed in outrage about the mistreatment of animals, but there are aggravating factors as well. He’s caused enough upset on race in the past to know perfectly well that he ought to take care with his public remarks. But he hasn’t. So if the charge is causing racial offence, the only feasible judgment is guilty.

Tom Clark, the Guardian, 3 September 2010

6. Morrissey’s parochialism echoes the whole indie tribe – Thu 9 Sep 2010 – John Harris (racist, right-wing, everything bad about Indie)

Last Saturday, there were small-scale tremors in response to an interview in the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, where, musing on the far eastern meat trade, he claimed that Chinese people are a “subspecies”. There followed the usual trawls through his cuttings file, where plenty of material awaited. From 1986: “To get on Top Of The Pops these days one has to be, by law, black.” Circa 1992: “I don’t really think … black people and white people will ever really get on or like each other.” And what about this peach, uttered three years ago? “The higher the influx into England, the more the British identity disappears.”

As ugly as they seem – and to be more generous than he perhaps deserves – his views are not a matter of vicious, programmatic racism, but the same thinking that lies behind the more hard-bitten calls to Radio 4’s Any Answers: achingly conservative, terrified of difference, and in mourning for a lost country even the angriest white man might not actually like to live in. Whenever he pipes up with this stuff, music writers express justifiable outrage, making an implied claim: that what he says is aberrant, a betrayal of a musical world that is open, cosmopolitan, and largely colour-blind.

… in his own gruesome way Morrissey embodies its contradictory collective id: a bundle of conservatism, parochialism and generic navel-gazing.

John Harris, the Guardian, 9 September 2010

7. You think David Cameron’s bad, Morrissey? Most of them don’t even like music – Sat 11 Dec 2010 – Suzanne Moore (ranting)

8. Morrissey compares the Queen to Muammar Gaddafi – Wed 18 May 2011 – Casper Llewellyn Smith (attack)

9. Morrissey currently without record deal – Tue 28 Jun 2011 – Sean Michaels (complaining)

10. Morrissey likens Norway attacks to McDonald’s and KFC – Thu 28 Jul 2011 – Caroline Davies (connecting him to far right terrorism)

11. This charming man: Morrissey shows his sensitive side – Thu 28 Jul 2011 – Alex Petridis (doesn’t care about a far right massacre)

12. Is Morrissey a national treasure? – Sat 10 Mar 2012 – Peter Paphides and Sukhdev Sandhu (he’s a troll)

13. Morrissey to receive apology from NME – Tue 12 Jun 2012 – Alexandra Topping – (racism, subspecies)

Morrissey has been dogged by accusations of racism. In 1992, the singer was quoted in Q Magazine stating that he did not want to be “horrible or pessimistic”, but he didn’t “really think, for instance, black people and white people will ever really get on or like each other. I don’t really think they ever will.” The same year he appeared swathed in a union flag while on stage in Finsbury Park, north London, which led the NME to accuse him of “flirting with disaster” and racist imagery.

Alexandra Topping, the Guardian, 12 June 2012

14. Morrissey attacks ‘blustering jingoism’ of Olympic Games – Mon 6 Aug 2012 – Michael Hann

He has a long history of condemnation, including attacks on reggae (“vile”), Elton John (“bring me his head”), Band Aid (“diabolical”), dance music (“the refuge for the mentally deficient”), Chinese people (“a subspecies”) and many, many more.

Michael Hann, the Guardian, 6 August 2012

15. Elton John and Morrissey top the pop misanthrope charts – Thu 9 Aug 2012 – Peter Robinson (hates humankind)

16. How Morrissey fell for the Stephen Colbert effect – Thu 11 Oct 2012 – Simon Hattenstone (subspecies, dictator, ridiculous vegetarian, tree poking out of backside)

17. Morrissey: from rock genius to internet troll – Thu 13 Dec 2012 – Alex Petridis (troll, mentally ill)

18. Morrissey ‘cautioned’ to stop touring – Fri 22 Mar 2013 – Sean Michaels – (tagged on scepticism about his record deal)

19. Morrissey cancels South American tour due to ‘food poisoning’ – Thu 11 Jul 2013 – Sean Michaels – (cancelling a tour for unconfirmed reasons)

20. Penguin Classics: why are they publishing Morrissey’s autobiography? – Sun 13 Oct 2013 – Pass Notes (snark about his writing)

21. Morrissey’s memoir: five things we would love to see (but probably won’t) – Tue 15 Oct 2013 – Michael Hann (Bengali in Platforms, subspecies, racism)

A Little Humility – Please, Morrissey, understand this: we all make misjudgments. To err is human, after all. True, most of us don’t make our misjudgments in public. But we do own up to them and apologise. So admit you got it wrong when you sang Bengali in Platforms, when you said Chinese people were a subspecies – admit that some of your incendiary remarks and actions, which so often touch on issues of race, were at best unwise. People still want to love you, so why make it so hard for them?)

Michael Hann, the Guardian, 15 October 2013

22. Morrissey’s Autobiography is nearly a triumph, but ends up mired in moaning – Thu 17 Oct 2013 – John Harris (moaning, unlikeable, supports gay gangsters)

23. Morrissey hits back at NME and the judge who called him ‘devious’ – Thu 17 Oct 2013 – Michael Hann (Finsbury, Jonze NME interview, subspecies… )

24. Autobiography by Morrissey – digested read – Sun 20 Oct 2013 – John Crace (snark about his writing, narcissism, moaning)

I woke up one morning to discover that the Smiths were finished. To this day, I still can’t say how that happened. Though Johnny Marr stuffing my silly gladioli up my arse may have had something to do with it.

John Crace, the Guardian, 20 October 2013

25. Morrissey: eating meat is the same as paedophilia – Fri 3 Jan 2014 – Maev Kennedy (linked to paedophilia, antisemitism, people wishing violence on him)

26. Hatchet Job of the Year goes to AA Gill for Morrissey broadside – Tue 11 Feb 2014 – Alison Flood

27. Morrissey reveals series of cancer treatments: ‘If I die, then I die’ – Tue 7 Oct 2014 – Sean Michaels (tags on controversies about Harvest and Scottish independence)

28. Morrissey review – great voice, shame about the lyrics – Sun 30 Nov 2014 – Ian Gittens (animal rights, anti-machismo, anti-war, petty, grudges)

His baritone may still be rich and tremulous but Morrissey’s worldview is enough to make your toes curl.

Ian Gittens, the Guardian, 30 November 2014

29. Morrissey: Obama is doing nothing for US black community – Thu 27 Aug 2015 – Guardian Music (attacks Obama, highlights skin colour)

30. Morrissey attacks Australian plan to cull two million feral cats – Wed 2 Sep 2015 – Oliver Milman (attacks)

31. Morrissey: what we learned about him from List of the Lost – Thu 24 Sep 2015 – Michael Hann (homophobic review of his novel, creepy, sex predator)

Morrissey writes about his track team in such a fetishising way. “Imperishable, they train insatiably, companions in pleasure and passionate in sentiments, they are the living picture of the desired physique.” (Ask yourself if a 56-year-old man writing in that manner about women in their teens or early 20s would be considered anything other than a bit creepy.) 

Michael Hann, the Guardian, 24 September 2015

32. Morrissey wins bad sex award for love scenes in debut novel List of the Lost – Tue 1 Dec 2015 – Nicola Slawson

33. Morrissey dismisses Bad Sex award as ‘repulsive horror’ after win – Wed 16 Dec 2015 – Alison Flood (snark)

34. Oh God! Morrissey talks about Galloway, Farage and Sadiq Khan – Thu 4 Aug 2016 – Hadley Freeman (racism over Halal slaughter)

35. This Beautiful Creature Must Die: what is Morrissey’s animal rights game like? – Thu 11 Aug 2016 – Tim Jonze (passive aggressive dig)

You’re tasked with having to save various animals as they move helplessly towards spinning blades of death (nobody could accuse the game of failing to incorporate Morrissey’s notoriously laidback and fun persona) while avoiding blowing up the various bombs that appear from time to time for reasons I don’t quite understand.)

Tim Jonze, the Guardian, 11 August 2016

36. Kanye West v Morrissey: battle of the fashion pop up shops – Sat 20 Aug 2016 – Richard Vine and Nazia Parveen (slight dis)

He appeals to people who felt like they are a bit of a billy no mates. To people who are slight outsiders.”

Brendan, 40, from Stockport, the Guardian, 20 August 2016

37. Morrissey and the Misfits at Riot Fest review – old punks creak out hits – Wed 21 Sep 2016 – Mark Guarino (tardy, irresponsible, attacked Bernie Sanders)

38.Bruce Springsteen is a great songwriter – but that rarely makes for great memoirs – Tue 27 Sep 2016 – John Keenan

(The juxtaposition of mesmerising songwriting and repellent prose is stark in Morrissey’s Autobiography. The author of some of the most original and exhilarating songs in rock history comes across as embarrassed by his back catalogue, contemptuous of every artist who crosses his path and convinced that the minutiae of legal wrangling over copyright is as absorbing to us as it is to him. In the wake of the Smiths’ breakup, he is – weirdly – offered roles in EastEnders and Emmerdale. Wisely, he declines: “Since I dare not be myself, I would surely be even worse as an actor,” he writes (and limited as a memoirist, we could add).)

John Keenan, the Guardian, 27 September 2016

39. MTV’s Videohead: directors spill behind-the-scenes secrets – Thu 13 Oct 2016 – Hannah Verdier (slight dis)

Talking about his work with Morrissey on Alma Matters, he doesn’t mince words. “If I had to make a movie with Morrissey for three months, I’d probably just go quietly into a room and stab my eyes out with knitting needles,” he says. “But for a day or two with him hiding in the dressing room and crying and carrying on … it didn’t bother me one little bit.”)

Hannah Verdier quoting Matthew Rolston, the Guardian, 13 October 2016

40. Johnny Marr: ‘The conversation about re-forming the Smiths came out of the blue’ – Sat 29 Oct 2016 – Simon Hattenstone (Smears Morrissey as right-wing)

41. Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr review – the story of the Smiths, and after – Thu 17 Nov 2016 – Will Woodward (hopes for digs, settles for Marr not liking Oscar Wilde)

42. The Smiths to release first single in decades – Thu 1 Dec 2016 – Guardian Music (illness, ageing, cancelling)

43. Morrissey rages at management after US tour cancelled – Mon 5 Dec 2016 – Guardian Music (rages)

44. Desert Island Discs: 75 defining moments from 75 years of castaways – Fri 6 Jan 2017 – Stephen Moss (not negative – but reporting negativity)

66. The show made headlines again in November 2009 when Young interviewed singer Morrissey. His admission that he had contemplated suicide and his description of “self-destruction” as “honourable” produced complaints from families of people who had killed themselves.)

Stephen Moss, the Guardian, 6 January 2017

45. Bigmouth strikes again: row over Morrissey’s James Baldwin tour T-shirt – Mon 20 Mar 2017 – Danuta Keen – (adds in all of the racism allegations from 1992 onwards)

The Manchester-born singer has found himself at the centre of a number of rows since the early 90s, after an incident when he wrapped himself in the Union Jack at a concert in Finsbury Park. It sparked a 20-year feud between the singer and music magazine the NME, which accused him of “flirting with disaster” for draping himself with the flag. “It has really got nothing to do with racism,” Morrissey said later. “It is to do with me.”

Danuta Keen, the Guardian, 20 March 2017

46. Morrissey attacks politicians and the Queen over Manchester terrorism response – Tue 23 May 2017 – Kevin Rawlinson (links him to the far right murder of Jo Cox, claims he wanted immigration policy changed, links him to the far right)

In his statement, the former Smiths frontman claimed that politicians are safe from attacks, while the rest of the country is left vulnerable. The MP Jo Cox was murdered by a rightwing extremist last June… Morrissey cited government immigration policy among his complaints saying the prime minister would never change her immigration policy in the light of the attacks. It is believed that the bomber named by police, Salman Abedi, was British-born and from Manchester. Morrissey also appeared to suggest that politicians were afraid to refer to Abedi as an Islamist extremist. The claim that politically correct leaders routinely refuse to mention Islam when referring to terror attacks carried out by people holding a violent interpretation of the religion is common on the far-right.

Kevin Rawlinson, the Guardian, 23 May 2017

47. Sorry Morrissey, but love and resistance are our best weapons against terror – Wed 24 May 2017 – Suzanne Moore (it was one Facebook post that blamed politicians, the media, the Police and the Queen for a terrorist attack)

His incendiary comments suggest the Mancunian hero’s journey from icon to embarrassment is complete. Hate is not the answer to masculinity twisted by radicalisation

Suzanne Moore, the Guardian, 24 May 2017

48. Manchester is a city of live music and good times. That’s why this hurts so much – Mon 29 May 2017 – Carol Birch (sympathetic – but accepts the narrative that he’s awful – also – he made one Facebook post, the press has written about terrorism thousands of times)

I disagree with him on most things, but I understand his anger, and it interested me to notice that, on parts of social media at least, more vitriol seemed to have been deposited on his confused head than on that of the bomber. Over the past week so much loathing has been directed towards this silly, sulky man, clinging to his lost adolescence and floundering in the dregs of his contrarian genius. A friend suggested this is because Islamic State and their ilk are so far beyond the pale that being angry with them was like being angry at the devil – pointless. Whereas Morrissey is just a silly old human and meant to abide by different rules. So we meet anger with anger, and hate with hate. Some pretend they’re immune but very few are. Whether directed at the bomber, the government, the extreme right or left, or misguided ranters like Morrissey, anger is the zeitgeist.)

Carol Birch, the Guardian, 29 May 2017

49. DIY political websites: new force shaping the general election debate – Thu 1 Jun 2017 – Robert Booth (not quite negative – although it associates him with Islamophobia – it does reveal some of the economics behind sensationalised stories)

Breitbart London is the UK branch of the “alt-right” website in Washington owned by Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, and cited as a huge influence in Trump’s win. It publishes a large volume of news about immigration issues in Europe and radical Islam. But it had its biggest UK hit last week with: “Morrissey rips British politicians after Manchester attack: ‘petrified’ to admit Islamic extremism behind terror.” It was shared 25,000 times.)

Robert Booth, the Guardian, 1 June 2017

50. Morrissey claims he was held at gunpoint by police officer in Rome – Wed 5 Jul 2017 – Agence France-Presse in New York – (sceptical tone – also mentions the time he reported being sexually assaulted by a security offficer at an airport)

51. Do we really need a Morrissey biopic right now? His England is not ours – Mon 10 Jul 2017 – Rachel Aroesti (smears him as right-wing, racist and sexist, and blames Morrissey – whose career has been held back by homophobia – for the domination of white males in guitar music)

Due to his huge success, Morrissey is the apotheosis of the problem this causes – namely, that the white, male voice has the monopoly on articulating the human condition, and therefore pretty much defining what it is to be a person.

Rachel Aroesti, the Guardian, 10 July 2017

52. When did charming become cranky? Why a middle-aged Morrissey is so hard to love – Sun 23 Jul 2017 – Dorian Lynskey (racism, guilt by association, misleading quotes)

Ten years ago Morrissey was quoted in the NME as complaining about immigration: “Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.” He sued the magazine for defamation (“I abhor racism and oppression or cruelty of any kind”) and donated £28,000 to Love Music Hate Racism, but the case was settled and the quotes were never retracted. In 2010 he called the Chinese “a subspecies” due to their mistreatment of animals. In 2013 he said he nearly voted for Ukip and liked Nigel Farage “a great deal”. He has described Brexit to an Australian website as “magnificent”. Such comments have exhausted the patience of many longtime devotees with progressive political views. After the Facebook post, Martin Rossiter, former frontman of the Morrissey-indebted band Gene, wrote an article for the online Quietus magazine called Why Morrissey Is Dead To Me. 

Dorian Lynskey, the Guardian, 23 July 2017

53. England is Mine review – generic Morrissey biopic saved by charming man Jack Lowden – Wed 2 Aug 2017 – Peter Bradshaw (he’s a serial killer)

The darker side to his personality is uneasily acknowledged by showing a book in his teenage room about the Moors murderers. His mate Anji (a nice performance from Katherine Pearce) picks this book up and asks Steven if he can imagine them “like that”. In the next moment she makes it clear she means imagine being the victims not the murderers, though it’s a microsecond of ambiguity that I think brings us closer to Morrissey’s troubled soul than anything else.

Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian, 2 August 2017

54. England Is Mine review – a Morrissey mope-fest – Sun 6 Aug 2017 – Wendy Ide (depression is self-pity and he needs a slap)

55. Songs for the eclipse – 10 of the best – Sun 20 Aug 2017 – Jim Farber (mope, mocking a child)

56. Morrissey: new record will ‘capture the zeitgeist of an ever-changing world’ – Wed 23 Aug 2017 – staff and agencies (calls him outspoken – throws in the Manchester Bomb controversy – confused about what to make of him)

57. Morrissey rails against media on new single Spent the Day in Bed – Tue 19 Sep 2017 – Ben Beaumont Thomas (rails, Sadiq Khan)

58. Morrissey claims Ukip rigged leadership vote to stop anti-Islam activist – Mon 2 Oct 2017 – Hannah Ellis Petersen

59. Morrissey fans are about to give up on him – Johnny Marr, please stage an intervention – Tue 3 Oct 2017 – Stuart Heritage (he should be cut out of the Smiths)

60. Morrissey: Low in High School review – old greatness spoiled by ugliness and spite – Thu 16 Nov 2017 – Alex Petridis

61. Morrissey: Low in High School review – mixed messages and misfires – Sun 19 Nov 2017 – Kitty Empire (his worldview isn’t compassionate)

62. Hey pop stars! If you fancy getting political, read this first – Wed 3 Jan 2018 – Hannah Jane Parkinson

(See also: Morrissey. In fact, the best piece of overall advice to give to pop stars on political issues is that whatever Morrissey’s position on it, take the opposite.)

Hannah Jane Parkinson, the Guardian, 3 January 2018

63. Former Smiths members cancel reunion concerts one day after announcement – Tue 23 Jan 2018 – Ben Beaumont Thomas (“devious, truculent and unreliable” )

64. Morrissey review – aloof, obnoxious and proudly provocative – Sun 18 Feb 2018 – Graeme Virtue (has to include insults – mostly likes him)

65. I’m with the band: meet the pitiful proteges of pop music patrons – Wed 28 Feb 2018 – Michael Hann (terrible person, link to Morrissey fans are about to give up on him – Johnny Marr, please stage an intervention)

66. Morrissey review – this once charming man – Sun 4 Mar 2018 – Kitty Empire (irreversible decline)

67. Morrissey denounces halal meat as ‘evil’, and attacks May, Khan, Abbott and more – Tue 17 Apr 2018 – Ben Beaumont Thomas

68. Stephen Collins on Morrissey – cartoon – Sat 28 Apr 2018 – Stephen Collins (frothing right-wing English bigot – deported from the planet)

69. Dave Haslam: ‘That music changed lives. It made Manchester what it is’ – Sun 13 May 2018 – Miranda Sawyer

Everything he was – informed, charming, gentle – he is the opposite now – uninformed, charmless, bitter and twisted.

Dave Haslam, the Guardian, 13 May 2018

70. Johnny Marr review – Manchester rock royalty wrests legacy back from Morrissey – Thu 17 May 2018 – Mark Beaumont

Marr is now the guilt-free Smiths experience… elevated to a symbol of alt-rock righteousness…

Mark Beaumont, the Guardian, 17 May 2018

71. Morrissey expresses sympathy for jailed EDL founder Tommy Robinson – Thu 7 Jun 2018 – Ben Beaumont Thomas – (linking him to the defunct EDL, racism, the far right, Islamophobia)

72. Who said it, Germaine Greer or Morrissey? Take our quiz – Fri 8 Jun 2018 – Martin Belam (selective quotes to smear him as bigot)

73. Johnny Marr: ‘A middle-aged musician nursing a hangover is a dead duck’ – Sat 9 Jun 2018 – Barbara Ellen (question about Morrissey’s controversial views & link to Morrissey denounces halal meat as ‘evil’, and attacks May, Khan, Abbott and more)

74. Former Morrissey fans to stage anti-racism party in Manchester – Tue 26 Jun 2018 – Frances Perraudin (racism, Islamophobia, immigration, subspecies, tax exile, far right, divisive)

“I don’t feel the need to stick by anyone unless I agree with what they’re saying… Of course I disagree with what he’s saying. I don’t think that’s really a surprise that I would disagree with what Morrissey’s saying. I think everyone would expect that I disagree”.

Johnny Marr, Channel 4 News, 24 June 2018

75. Morrissey postpones July concerts amid racism row – Fri 29 Jun 2018 – Patrick Greenfield (racism, Islamophobia, EDL, far right, cancellations)

76. A protest party is a fine riposte to the poisonous parody Morrissey is now – Fri 29 Jun 2018 – Simon Hattenstone

From the mid-1980s onwards, his utterances have been consistently rabid… For so long we Morrissey fans gave him the benefit of the doubt… But the warning signs were always there… nostalgia for old-fashioned Englishness can easily bleed into trenchant nationalism and worse. Which it has done. And now many of us are simply done with Morrissey.

Simon Hattenstone, the Guardian, 29 June 2018

77. Morrissey critic hails postponed UK gigs – Sun 1 Jul 2018 – Vanessa Thorpe (Dave Haslam protest – smears about racism, the far right being derogatory about Sadiq Khan’s diction – it’s only Morrissey’s haters who link Khan’s London accent to his religion and skin colour)

78. How to treat Morrissey? Stop listening to him – Sun 8 Jul 2018 – Stewart Lee

I just didn’t want Morrissey in my home any more. And I couldn’t imagine any circumstances under which I would ever listen to him again.

Stewart Lee, the Observer, 8 July 2019

79. Morrissey to release protest-themed covers album – Tue 26 Feb 2019 – Tim Jonze (racism, far right, persona non grata)

The guest list might surprise those who assumed Morrissey had become a persona non grata following his recent comments in support of the far-right political party For Britain and English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson. Speaking in 2018, Morrissey said of For Britain: “It is the first time in my life that I will vote for a political party. Finally I have hope.” For Britain was founded by anti-Islam activist Anne Marie Waters and has faced criticism for members’ links to neo-Nazi and white nationalist groups.

Tim Jonze, the Guardian, 26 February 2019

80. ‘I feel like I’ve been had’: Morrissey’s collaborators respond to his politics – Fri 1 Mar 2019 – Daniel Dylan Wray (one negative response made to sound as if everyone has rejected him)

81. Morrissey announces career-spanning Broadway residency – Mon 4 Mar 2019 – Laura Snapes (increasingly right-wing values)

82. World’s oldest record store bans Morrissey sales over far-right support – Thu 23 May 2019 – Ben Beaumont Thomas (far right, Islamophobe, EDL, subspecies, immigration)

83. Morrissey: California Son review – clumsy covers with a troll-like spirit – Fri 24 May 2019 – Laura Snapes (sinister, slimy, wheezy, undead, preening, troll)

84. Morrissey posters banned by Liverpool’s Merseyrail transport network – Fri 24 May 2019 – Ben Beaumont Thomas (far right, Islamophobe, racism, subspecies, immigration)

Toxteth resident Jack Dotchin told the Liverpool Echo that Morrissey’s opinions “offend me and a lot of other people. He’s very far right these days, going on about immigrants and being pseudo-racist. It’s just strange to think Merseyrail, being a public service for the people, is advertising someone with his views.”

Ben Beaumont Thomas, the Guardian, 24 May 2019

85. Bigmouth strikes again and again: why Morrissey fans feel so betrayed – Thu 30 May 2019 – Tim Jonze (racism, black pop conspiracy, far right, immigration, nationalism)

Waving the union jack during his show at Madness’s Madstock festival in Finsbury Park, London, in 1992, felt like a more aggressive move (this was before Britpop’s Cool Britannia-era reclamation of the flag, and its association with the far right was still strong). And it was done in the knowledge that the Madness crowd contained a significant fascist/skinhead element. 

Tim Jonze, the Guardian, 30 May 2019

86. A love of diversity in the Madstock crowd – Mon 3 Jun 2019 – Letter from Gavin Alexander (claims the Madstock crowd loves diversity – they are on tape yelling at Morrissey that he’s a poof).

Tim Jonze’s otherwise informative article on Morrissey’s far-right attitude ( G2, 30 May) asserts that 1992’s Madstock contained “a significant fascist/skinhead element”. I can assure Tim that the majority of the 60,000 fans over that weekend shared Madness’s love of musical, social and ethnic diversity. Incidentally, Morrissey pulled out of the Sunday show after a bad reception the previous night, leaving us with the multiracial Ian Dury and the Blockheads followed by Madness. Great gig.
Gavin Alexander
New Malden, London

the Guardian, 3 June 2019

87. As a black teenager, I loved Morrissey. But heaven knows I’m miserable now – Thu 6 Jun 2019 – Jason Surtees (racist, bigot, far right, Islamophobe)

Britishness is an integral part of my identity too, as it is to most black and Asian Brits – including Muslims, who you clearly fear and loathe, partly because they eat differently butchered meat, partly because you think they’re terrorists and partly because – like the For Britain founder, Anne Marie Waters – they don’t fit your ideal of what Britishness should look like. 

Jason Surtees, the Guardian, 6 June 2019

88. Billy Bragg claims it is ‘beyond doubt’ that Morrissey is spreading far-right ideas – Mon 8 Jul 2019 – Laura Snapes

Bragg drew attention to a new report by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a UK-based anti-extremist organisation, that said the nationalist “great replacement” theory that the white Christian European population is being replaced by non-European people is entering mainstream public discourse. Bragg claimed that Morrissey was helping to spread right-wing ideas. He continued: “Those who claim that this has no relevance to his stature as an artist should ask themselves if, by demanding that we separate the singer from the song, they too are helping to propagate this racist creed.”

Laura Snapes, the Guardian, 8 July 2019

89. Why one fan covered up his Morrissey tattoo with Sheryl Crow – Thu 25 Jul 2019 – Kari Paul (right-wing, Islamophobe, subspecies, links him to a sexual predator)

90. Morrissey ejects anti-far-right protester from Portland concert – Wed 2 Oct 2019 – Laura Snapes (far right, poor ticket sales, racist, Islamophobe, boycotted by Merseyrail and Spillers record shop, white nationalist)

91. Morrissey performs in LA wearing explicit anti-Guardian vest – Sun 27 Oct 2019 – Josh Halliday (far right, anti-Guardian, condemned by Billy Bragg, white nationalist, boycotted by Stewart Lee)

92. My minor role in Morrissey’s latest outburst – Wed 30 Oct 2019 – Jason Surtees (racist, linked to Trump’s America)

I felt personally betrayed by his repeated demonstrations of intolerance… I explained that the Guardian had shaped my identity from an early age as much as Morrissey had, because it stood up for marginalised people – as he once did – sought to uncover truths and spoke its mind… You see, Moz, your T-shirt should really say “Fuck all press” – as, sadly, that’s what you will end up with.

Jason Surtees, the Guardian, 30 October 2019

93. Johnny Marr scotches Smiths reunion rumours: ‘Nigel Farage on guitar’ – Thu 7 Nov 2019 – Laura Snapes (far right, Brexit, Islamophobe, immigration, white nationalist)

 Marr replied: “Nigel Farage on guitar,” appearing to rubbish the gossip by alluding to the incompatibility of his and Morrissey’s political beliefs… Billy Bragg has said it is “beyond doubt” that Morrissey is spreading far-right ideas. Marr is leftwing. 

Laura Snapes, the Guardian, 7 November 2019

94. How the artist Linder went from Orgasm Addict to Chatsworth House – Sat 18 Jan 2020 – Caroline Roux (tries and fails to get Linder to turn on him)

95. Morrissey: I Am Not a Dog on a Chain review – old man yells at cloud – Fri 20 Mar 2020 – Laura Snapes (accuses Morrissey – a queer artist who has often talked about his sexuality and gender struggles – of hectoring gay and transgender people, evading responsibility, diminished reputation, never be as good as David Bowie)

Morrissey is often lost among the strident music as he hectors people afraid to be themselves: the high camp of Bobby, Don’t You Think They Know? torments a closeted bloke, while torch song The Truth About Ruth wields insipid rhyme to suggest gendered subterfuge. Morrissey knows exactly who he is: a victim…

Laura Snapes, the Guardian, 20 March 2020

96. Why are we talking about Morrissey and Buffy? Because cultural nostalgia is now king – Mon 6 Apr 2020 – Zoe Williams (links to a badly researched article that doesn’t understand queer or Irish Catholic history, and falsely claims that mass immigration from South Asia to Manchester happened after 1964 because Morrissey was born in 1959 after mass immigration and the premise needs him to be nostalgic for an England without any South Asians)

Tucked into a collection of essays, Futures of Socialism: Into the Post-Corbyn Era (shortly to be published by Verso), is the author Owen Hatherley’s Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before: A Study in the Politics and Aesthetics of English Misery. The thesis is that the Smiths were always a reactionary force, politically; the notion that they were straightforward progressives, then Morrissey suddenly became a supporter of the far right because of something he ate, is belied by a much more complicated picture.

Zoe Williams, the Guardian, 6 April 2020

97. ‘He was a groundbreaker and a visionary’: music writer Dele Fadele remembered: He was a rare black journalist on the British music press, whose NME pieces summed up the radicalism of Public Enemy and the dark side of Morrissey. So how did his death go unnoticed for two years? – Mon 14 Sep 2020 – Tim Jonze

It was in 1992, though, that Dele played his most pivotal role. He had attended Madstock in Finsbury Park, the now-notorious gig in which support artist Morrissey draped himself in the union jack, a move some saw as a move pandering to the crowd’s skinhead element. That week’s NME was all set to go to press with Kylie Minogue on the cover but Dele was appalled by what he’d witnessed.” Itwas Dele’s finest hour,” recalls Andrew Collins, who along with then-editor Danny Kelly reworked the cover around Dele’s critical piece – an arduous process to do at the last minute back then. “He wrote from the heart – and, uniquely among the staff – from an actual vantage point. This was not a moment to be lily-livered and Dele seized the day. It was a turning point for Moz’s provocations. Dele wrote if not his most important piece, certainly one that gave urgency and weight to an otherwise hand-wringing situation.” While not as loud as some of the more politically minded music writers of the time, such as Steven Wells, Dele’s politics were resolute and, it is clear now, ahead of their time.

Tim Jonze, the Guardian, 14 September 2020

98. Matt Berninger webchat: your questions answered on Morrissey, Taylor Swift and infinite creativity – Tue 13 Oct 2020 – Laura Snapes (won’t let his child listen to Morrissey)

99. Johnny Rogan obituary – Thu 18 Feb 2021 – Charles Charlesworth (Rogan gets the last laugh)

100. Morrissey hits back at The Simpsons over parody: ‘Complete ignorance’ – Tue 20 Apr 2021 – Lucy Campbell and Ben Beaumont-Thomas (racist, subspecies, far right)

101. The rudest things they ever said about the Guardian – Tue 11 May 2021 – Rupert Neate (after 11 years of relentless smearing the Guardian claim they were only expressing dismay at Morrissey supporting the far right – which he didn’t)

102. Richard Ashcroft quits Tramlines festival owing to its Covid research – Tue 6 Jul 2021 – Ben Beaumont Thomas (Covid conspiracy theorist)

103. Rick Astley on his Smiths covers gigs: ‘I’ll use a karaoke machine if I have to’ – Wed 22 Sep 2021 – Rich Palley (oddly censored reference to Rick’s views on current Morrissey)

104. Rick Astley and Blossoms review – the ultimate Smiths karaoke shouldn’t work, but it does – Sun 10 Oct 2021 – Dave Simpson (far right tag)

105. ‘No Jacket Required would be the soundtrack of hell’: the Rev Richard Coles’s honest playlist – Mon 10 Jan 2022 – Rich Pelley (can’t listen to Morrissey)

106. There is a fight that never goes out: Morrissey accuses Johnny Marr of using him as clickbait – Wed 26 Jan 2022 – Laura Snapes (Trump, far right, white nationalist, Hitler, rape apologist, immigration, boycotts, Nigel Farage)

Marr is a left-wing, teetotal vegan who runs 10 miles a day. Morrissey has descended into infamy for his remarks on race and politics.

Laura Snapes, the Guardian, 26 January 2022

107. Johnny Marr: ‘When I play Smiths songs I experience this huge wave of elation’ – Sun 6 Feb 2022 – Tim Lewis (how to deal with Morrissey)

108. ‘The Queen’s gone round the bend!’ – HM in pop, from Slowthai to the Smiths to Blur – Wed 1 Jun 2022 – Dorian Lynskey (reactionary)

109. ‘My life would be very different without the Fall’: Stewart Lee’s honest playlist – Mon 5 Sep 2022 – Rich Pelley (can’t listen to Morrissey)

110. On 11 october 2022 they stealth edited an interview with Molly Rankin to take out a baseless assertion that Morrissey was spewing racist sentiments at this gigs and in the press – while keeping the misleading claim that he supports far right parties and a link to an article that repeats the homophobic lies about Madstock


In almost every interview that Rankin is asked about her influences, she brings up the Smiths – so I ask, Smiths fan to Smiths fan, how she’s coped with the last few years, which have seen Morrissey show support for far-right political parties and spew racist sentiment at his shows and in the press.

(Shaad D’Souza, the Guardian 11 October 2022 – Wayback Machine capture, 10:26:04)

In almost every interview that Rankin is asked about her influences, she brings up the Smiths – so I ask, Smiths fan to Smiths fan, how she’s coped with the last few years, which have seen Morrissey show support for far-right political parties.

(Shaad D’Souza, the Guardian, 11 October 2022 – Wayback Machine capture, 17:38:48)