Norway Massacre

In July 2011 Morrissey was playing a gig in Warsaw and introduced Meat Is Murder by saying:

“Despite the love, we do live on a murderous planet, as you will have seen over the last few days in Norway, murder, murder, murder. Really every single day worse things happen in Kentucky Fried Chicken & McDonald’s, murder, murder, murder, murder, murder, murder.”

Animal liberationists believe that animal and human life are equal.

He wasn’t saying that the murders in Norway are less important – he was saying that we’re not seeing that animals are slaughtered in great numbers everyday as he was about to show a gruesome film of animals dying in extreme pain and fear.

He’s consistently linked his suicidal depression to a documentary on abattoirs that he saw when he was a child.

“When I was young I saw a documentary accidentally about the abattoir and I fell into an almost lifelong depression. I couldn’t believe I lived in a society that allowed this.” (The Times, November 2017)

He’s hyper-aware of the treatment of animals – things like:

https://www.kentuckyfriedcruelty.com/w-whykfc.php

https://www.mccruelty.com/why.php

Very few people are animal liberationists but to misrepresent his philosophical position & ignore his mental health to create a drama that would hurt the parents of murder victims is pretty poor even by the standards of the news industry.

The Daily Mirror broke the ‘story’ paraphrasing it to make it sound worse. There was a storm on social media, other papers picked up the clickbait.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/morrissey-says-norway-massacre-is-nothing-144337

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2011/jul/28/morrissey-norway-attacks-mcdonalds-kfc

He tried to explain:

“The comment I made on stage at Warsaw could be further explained this way: Millions of beings are routinely murdered every single day in order to fund profits for McDonalds and KFCruelty, but because these murders are protected by laws, we are asked to feel indifferent about the killings, and to not even question them. If you quite rightly feel horrified at the Norway killings, then it surely naturally follows that you feel horror at the murder of ANY innocent being. You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals ‘are not us.” (True To You, July 2011)

It made no difference.

It’s returned in numerous lists of his word crimes.

It returned in a Guardian ‘comedy’ article that crassly ignored his history of mental illness to lump it in with some comments he made about the suicide of a nurse who gave confidential information about The Duchess of Cambridge to Australian radio DJs.

“a man who could once rightly claim to be a genius reduced to being rock music’s answer to an internet troll, flaming away then whining on about free speech and how there’s a vast conspiracy against him when anyone picks him up on it. It points to the way he brilliantly put the 2011 Norway terrorist attacks into perspective as “nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s every day” – a rightwing Islamophobe extremist murdering 77 people because he hated multiculturalism being entirely analogous to eating a sweet chilli crispy chicken wrap – and asks: does that even remotely resemble the kind of thing a moron would write in the comments section of a website?”

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2012/dec/13/morrissey-rock-genius-internet-troll

On a side note – it’s The Guardian turning into the internet troll. And using a massacre in a wisecrack aimed at a ‘moron’ Indie singer is less edifying than mentioning it before a song against cruelty.

It’s esp. unedifying when there’s always been an indication that Morrissey’s melancholy is linked to the media. Becoming obsessive about things that are given a huge amount of coverage, like the Royals. On The Queen Is Dead:

“I didn’t want to attack the Monarchy in any beer monster way. But I find as time goes by this happiness we had slowly slips away and is replaced by something that is wholly grey and wholly saddening. The very idea of the Monarchy and the Queen of England is being reinforced and made to seem more useful than it is… But I do feel in an absolute way I’ve been sleepwalking for 26 years. On the bleak moments when I come to consciousness I was reading The New Statesman. You see I never did all those trivial pursuits. I did read all those music magazines.” (NME, June, 1986)

And his remarks about the Dutchess were not a conspiracy theory… it was just gossip that had been flying around combined with his belief that the Royals use PR to stay popular – which is true.

“It wasn’t because of two DJs in Australia that this woman took her own life, it was the pressure around her… [Kate Middleton] she was in the hospital, as far as I could see, for absolutely no reason… she’s saying nothing about the death of this poor woman. The arrogance of the British royals is absolutely staggering.” (December, 2012)

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/dec/12/morrissey-royal-family-nurse-death

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/lostinshowbiz/2012/dec/13/morrissey-rock-genius-internet-troll

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/11/jacintha-saldanha-took-blame-prank-call-duchess-cambridge-australian-djs-inquest

He also resents that the Royals are born or marry into publicity while he feels art is neglected. In April 2011, after an awkward interview on Radio 2 he said:

“I’m sorry I made the O’Leary radio interview so difficult but I was in a foul mood, having spent a full week surrounded by the royal dreading. England may very well be a Windsor dictatorship, but – PR Weddings aside, it is usually quite bearable… During the week of the royal dreading, Poly Styrene died. Having made an enormous contribution to British art and sound – at a desperate time when so many of us needed her – Poly Styrene’s death was all but ignored by the British television news media, who instead rained hours and hours of blubbering praise onto Kate Middleton – a woman about whom nothing is known on a personal level. The message is clear: What you achieve in life means nothing compared to what you are born into. Is this Syria?”

Punk icon, Poly Styrene

& it returned when he was sang at The Nobel Peace Prize Concert in December 2013:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/war-words-breaks-out-norway-over-morrissey-s-nobel-peace-gig-singer-unforgiven-comparing-anders-behring-breivik-massacre-killing-animals-fast-food-8970855.html?amp

Reflecting on it:

Do you write when you’re happy/sad/drunk/sober or a combination of all four?
I don’t say this for affect, but I’m never not sad… which is lovely grammar, I know…
How did appearing alongside the likes of Jake Bugg, Mary J. Blige, James Blunt and Claire Danes at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert rate in terms of surreal gigs?
I didn’t know it would be so stately and ceremonious. They were very courteous, but the local mayor fought to have me taken off the bill because he didn’t like my views on mass-murderers. There’s always something, I suppose.
” (Hot Press, August 2014)

On another side note – this is why there’s conformity around death. Why everyone was a lovely person who made everyone happy. Why we send thoughts and prayers. Why no one can express their awkward or abject feelings. Because it’s easy to take shock, grief or fear and turn it into mob rage at someone who has said the socially unacceptable thing.

& Morrissey’s work is all about exploring unacceptable and unwanted feelings.

Brexit

Morrissey was sympathetic to Brexit for left-wing reasons.

In the same way that he’s in favour of Catalonian Independence:

“British singer and songwriter Steven Patrick Morrissey has used images of the police violence during the Catalan independence referendum on 1st October last year during his world tour to illustrate his song Who will protect us from the police. This isn’t the first time that the singer has referred to Catalonia. Three days after the referendum, during a concert presenting his new album, he said: “Free Catalonia from Spain. Free the bull from Spain. Free everybody from Spain.”” (March, 2018)

https://www.elnacional.cat/en/news/morrissey-images-catalan-referendum-attacks_245703_102.html

Scottish Independence:

“Morrissey, known for his penchant for making controversial statements, has become the latest personality to wade in on the Scottish independence debate. The World Peace is None of Your Business singer has placed himself firmly in the “yes” camp, according to an interview with Ireland’s Hot Press magazine. “They must cut ties with the United King-dumb,” he said. “I love Scotland, and I love the Scottish spirit and they do not need Westminster in the least.”” (August 2014)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/scottish-independence-morrissey-urges-scots-leave-united-king-dumb-9659984.html

& The Arab Spring:

“I think it’s important not to assume that the government represent the wishes of the people. This is actually very rarely the case, hence the Arab Spring. It’s not the case in England, and it’s not the case in Israel. All presidents and prime ministers love war and conflict, because they see it as an easy way to garner patriotic support. Thatcher was never happier than when she was killing Argentinians, and Bush was delighted to bomb just about anyone. War is great business for governments, and the people usually have no say. I had an offer to play in Damascus, but do you turn it down because of the Assad regime? As we now know, Assad’s control over Syria has been Hitleresque, and the people have no basic human rights.” (August, 2014)

https://www.hotpress.com/music/a-piece-of-his-mind-morrissey-interview-12107062

He’s deeply opposed to governments & the class system:

“From my own experience England cannot be democratic because it has a self-elected superstructure that has decided that they are to be known as ‘the royal family’. Forty-five per cent of the UK want the monarchy, 55% do not. The Queen is the richest woman in the world, yet still takes £200 million every year from the working British people. Her presence alone symbolises repression, and her work – whatever it is – fails to mean anything… There must be because people are absolutely fed-up with the idea of a Prime Minister whom no one ever likes. British politics has never quite been so unconvincing, with Prime Minister’s Question Time looking like a scene from Brideshead Revisited.” (August, 2014, link above)

He didn’t vote for Brexit:

“I’m non-political. I always have been. I’ve never voted in my life.” (November, 2017)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/news/morrissey-brexit-will-never-happen-westminster-doesnt-want/

& has never supported UKIP:

sam:
Can we just sort out your political position because I’m sick of reading about how you’ve had a ‘controversial outburst’ when I know that you aren’t seen anywhere and you don’t ever speak to anyone. I’ve known you for 35 years and I’ve never heard you outburst. Are you actually a supporter of UKIP? 

M:
No. Never. 

He’s also never supported Nigel Farage – although being Morrissey he managed to get serious flack by also saying Farage would make a good PM, which from Moz is like saying he’d be a good serial killer:

sam:
Of Nigel Farage? 

M:
No, no, no … but it’s obvious that he would make a good Prime Minister … if any of us can actually remember what a good Prime Minister is. 

His objections to the EU are his objections to all governments:

sam:
But you are a Brexiteer? 

M:
I didn’t vote in the referendum although I can see how there is absolutely nothing attractive about the EU. My view has always been that the result of the referendum must be carried through. If the vote had been remain there would be absolutely no question that we would remain. In the interest of true democracy, you cannot argue against the wish of the people. Without the people, nobody in high office gets paid. 
(June, 2019)

https://www.morrisseycentral.com/messagesfrommorrissey/234417-the-interview

And it’s linked to his serious distrust of legacy media (unsurprising considering how bad his own coverage is):

“What has happened is that news media can no longer attach any nobility to old-style politics because although politicians do not and cannot change, the people the world over have changed. What could be more grotesquely stupid than the Clinton-Trump coverage? As for Brexit, the result was magnificent, but it is not accepted by the BBC or Sky News because they object to a public that cannot be hypnotised by BBC or Sky nonsense. These news teams are exactly the same as Fox and CNN in that they all depend on public stupidity to create their own myth of reality. Watch them at your peril!” (October, 2016)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/morrissey-brexit-magnificent-britain-leave-european-union-a7379361.html

Some journalists know they’ve simplified his position to give it an outrage news angle – the others cut and paste.

Love Racism Hate Morrissey

After Moz decided For Britain was the best hope for Vegan Feminism & his reputation was eviscerated by journalists/Twitter, Love Music Hate Racism, put out a statement that’s so bigoted & inaccurate that they should probably try overcoming themselves.

Everything about it is dubious – so I’ll put the loaded words & objections in notes:

Gutter. Sewer.

Outburst.

Moz doesn’t single out Muslims, Jews, & Black & Asian politicians – he’s against all animal slaughter, but worries about religious & traditional exemptions – he mentions Spain, supermarkets, Nicola Sturgeon, Nigel Farage, Henry Bolton, The Queen, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Dick Gregory, & David Cameron.

He wants all abattoirs banned.

Yeah – he’s getting his facts from marginal sources but that’s mainly because the people who should be helping him fact check are too busy calling him a racist.

Just because you think you can hear an echo doesn’t mean there is one – smearing & guilt by association are forms of prejudice.

Moz has been slagging off London & diction at least since the 80s, if not from birth – Johnny Marr, Cilla Black, David Beckham – have all failed his standards. It’s camp.

Other people being racist towards Diane doesn’t make her above criticism. But again, it’s camp.

Hitler put the word socialism in his party name – so blame him.

Anne Marie Waters was in The Labour Party for 10 years getting called a racist for trying to highlight sexism in Sharia Law. Yes, she’s cracked up – but if the left wasn’t so blind to sexism & homophobia she would probably still be on our side.

Hitler lovers.

Yes, it is accidental. A pull-quote can mislead without being a misquote.

Vile views.

He’s right not to trust the media – look at the state of this statement.

He has never backed down in the face of outrage – it burns itself out because it’s fuelled by nothing but hot air.

He’s been emboldened again – at any moment he may commit genocide by singing Golden Lights.

His views aka Veganism (which is a protected belief) have no place in music or society & they condemn them. Not keeping up with legislation & being unable to separate Morrissey’s views from people they’ve associated with him isn’t a good sign in an anti-racism charity.

He’s more dangerous & extremist than Clapton??????? In what universe is whinging about Sharia Law & Islamic State (when you’re a queer vegan) more dangerous than telling foreigners in your audience to get out of England because it’s a white country???

Shut up bigots like Morrissey & his racist friends – labeling, harassment.

Clapton’s less dangerous words:

Moz’s more dangerous words:

“No, I haven’t ever voted. I don’t have sufficient faith in the circus of politics … and … you can see why! It is a moral disaster on every level. Even Tesco wouldn’t employ Diane Abbott.” 

“UKIP is dead, and Nigel Farage aided their downfall by supporting Henry Bolton. Theresa May was always a Prime Minister uninvited. She is incapable of leadership. She cannot say her own name unless it’s written down on a cue card in front of her. I recall her speech on Eid al-Adhar, and how she referred to it as a ”joyous celebration” … as millions of animals had their throats slit to mark the occasion. I wondered what kind of compassion she could possibly have. The answer is none. However, the Conservatives conserve nothing in modern Britain. In fact, they are the prime destructors of British heritage. Labour are no different from the Conservatives in that they do not object to FGM, halal slaughter, child marriage, and so on. There is no moral clarity with these people, and you shouldn’t vote in a certain way simply because you always have. Do you have the nerve to vote differently? If you have any concern for animal welfare, for example, you cannot possibly vote for either Conservatives or Labour, because both parties support halal slaughter, which, as we all know, is evil. Furthermore, halal slaughter requires certification that can only be given by supporters of ISIS, and yet in England we have halal meat served in hospitals and schools! UK law is pointless!” 

JOHN: But halal is done in the name of religion. 

MORRISSEY: Most murder is! But animals rights must come before  religion. Religion must cease to be the ONLY word. I am not interested in what people did ten thousand years ago. I am concerned about what is happening today. 

JOHN: Kosher is also very cruel. 

MORRISSEY: Very. It, too, must be banned. I am not saying that stunned slaughter is acceptable, because it couldn’t ever be. If you use the term ‘humane slaughter’ then you might as well talk in terms of ‘humane rape’. People sound very stupid when they mention ‘humane slaughter’. 

JOHN: A lot of people can’t afford a vegan diet. 

MORRISSEY: I think the point is that we cease to put ourselves first. It is not about what we frivolously want. Every animal even during slaughter fights and kicks until its very last breath. It has one instinct and that is to survive. I stopped watching television because of animal death commercials. I couldn’t allow that into my living space for one more day. I feel liberated without it. They won’t show cigarette commercials but it’s OK to show butchered lambs? And  to laugh about it? 

“There is a new party called For Britain. They have the best approach to animal welfare, whereas no other party even bothers to mention animal welfare. The EU will not protect animals from halal or kosher practice. For Britain seem to say what many British people are currently thinking, which is why the BBC or Channel 4 News will not acknowledge them, because, well, For Britain would change British politics forever … and we can’t have that! If you love animals, you really cannot vote Labour or Conservative. Give animals a break. They’ve done enough for you. Let them live. 

“animals have no voice. If animals spoke English then no one would eat them. You see, racism is at its most abhorrent in relation to eating animals. If you eat animals, isn’t it a display of hatred for a certain species? And what gives you the right to eat another species or race? Would you eat people from Sri Lanka?” 

“From every angle the torture of the bull is staged. The bullfighter is a spectacular failure who cannot actually fight the bull without a mass of weapons and a host of helpers, whereas the bull stands alone. No one can possibly believe that this is sport. They say ’oh, but it is tradition’, well, yes, but murder has a long tradition in Spain, should we celebrate that, also? A Murder Festival?” 

JOHN: London has become a murder capital recently. 

MORRISSEY: London is debased. The Mayor of London tells us about ”Neighborhood policin ” – what is ‘policin’? He tells us London is an ”amazin ” city. What is ‘amazin’? This is the Mayor of London! And he cannot talk properly! I saw an interview where he was discussing mental health, and he repeatedly said ”men’el ” … he could not say the words ‘mental health’. The Mayor of London! Civilisation is over! 

JOHN: But why do you think so many people are being killed in London? 

MORRISSEY: 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. 

https://www.morrisseycentral.com/messagesfrommorrissey/there-is-a-light-that-must-be-switched-on

“British mainstream media is now so politically correct that basic truth is actually impossible, and although it is obsessed with promoting social diversity they will not accept diverse opinion. Most British newspapers can only offer secrecy. When news is offered as opinion, it can only therefore be biased. Last year I completed a questionnaire for The Daily Mail in which one of their questions was ‘Whom do you most dislike?’. I replied ‘Theresa May, because of her support for killing foxes and badgers.’ The questionnaire appeared in print, but the Theresa May reply was missing because it obviously didn’t fit with the Mail’s political position as Theresa May’s personal notice-board.”

“When the print media are lost for a reply, they simply change the subject by naming their opponent as ‘racist’, which is the perfect ploy because most people are naturally appalled to be called racist, and they step back in silence, and the debate collapses unresolvedI am neither Loony Left nor Far Right. I am a humanitarian. I have not ever once voted in a British election because I have not ever discovered a party that represents my views. My main social concern is the abolition of the abattoir, the continued existence of which in modern times is beyond sane belief.

https://www.morrisseycentral.com/messagesfrommorrissey/why-the-independent-hates-independence

Moz could do himself a favour by using boring phrases, never joking whenever he mentions something associated with race or religion & not getting his ‘facts’ from internet websites, but nothing he’s said is hate-filled.

And I can’t find a similar statement about anyone else, not even after Wiley’s 48 hour Twitter rant against Jewish people in August 2020.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/aug/02/rita-ora-and-labrinth-join-musics-protest-after-wileys-antisemitic-rant

He Said Hitler Was Left-Wing!

In a Morrissey Central interview with ‘John Riggers’ published in April 2018 there was the following exchange.

JOHN: Your last album was dedicated to Dick Gregory, yet a question of racism has always chased you through the press. 

MORRISSEY: People accuse, yes, but they can’t penetrate or illuminate. The sole point of all of those NME slurs was to turn my audience against me. I recall one NME piece many years ago which addressed its readers with ”we just can’t turn you off him, can we ?”. That said it all. And as far as racism goes, the modern Loony Left seem to forget that Hitler was Left wing! But of course, we are all called racist now, and the word is actually meaningless. It’s just a way of changing the subject. When someone calls you racist, what they are saying is ”hmm, you actually have a point, and I don’t know how to answer it, so perhaps if I distract you by calling you a bigot we’ll both forget how enlightened your comment was.” 

https://www.morrisseycentral.com/messagesfrommorrissey/there-is-a-light-that-must-be-switched-on

His remark that Hitler was left-wing was widely condemned by people who believed that they couldn’t misrepresent words on his own website that they’d taken out of context and made the worst interpretation of.

It really wasn’t such an unfounded thing to say.

The Observer reviewed ‘Liberal Fascism’ by Jonah Goldberg in 2009 and was persuaded that there was a case for fascism being on the left.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2009/feb/08/goldberg-liberal-fascism-review

In 1998 The Independent said, “It is now clear beyond all reasonable doubt that Hitler and his associates believed they were socialists, and that others, including democratic socialists, thought so too. The title of National Socialism was not hypocritical.” 

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/hitler-and-socialist-dream-1186455.html

And as it was prompted by his dedication to Dick Gregory, an American civil/animal rights activist & comedian, who said “Animals and humans suffer and die alike. Violence causes the same pain, the same spilling of blood, the same stench of death, the same arrogant, cruel, and brutal taking of life. We don’t have to be a part of it”, it was unlikely to be some twisted way of justifying racism.

But Dorian Lynskey decides this interview proves Morrissey has repugnant views:

https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/observations/2018/04/morrissey-so-much-answer

And accuses him of having an obsession with Islam, when he’s barely mentioned Islam & was only calling the left ‘loony’ because he didn’t understand why the left had become so censorious and had made some topics, like Halal slaughter techniques, taboo.

It’s fair to say Morrissey has tunnel vision about animal rights & is so ardently opposed to authority that he has a terrible taste in marginal politicians – but everything else is just wanting him to be normal.

He’s still a sensitive, humane champion of the marginalised and vulnerable. Far more sensitive and humane than the journalists who pretend that his muddled remarks make him a racist rape apologist.

You’re just never going to get a sane, coherent, workable political manifesto out of him.

Manchester Bomb

Moz’s opinions about Islamic terrorism are left-wing.

He blames governments & money:

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/59579/morrissey-claims-investigation-by-us-uk-intelligence/

From his autobiography, 2013:

His attitude to Islam is left-wing.

He’s got issues with organised religion esp. when it comes to sexuality, but he doesn’t hate the faithful.

From his autobiography, 2013:

On the Orlando shooter, 2016:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/14/morrissey-trump-response-orlando-attack-anti-gay-pro-gun

His attitude to borders is left-wing.

In his autobiography, 2013, uses strength to mean confident & ordered, not draconian & racist:

In his disastrously pull-quoted Morrissey Central interview with his nephew in April, 2018, when he wondered why the press had decided he was an unacceptable racist, he was still emphasizing order:

“If borders are such terrible things then why did they ever exist in the first place? Borders bring order.”

As the son of immigrants, he’s acutely aware of the identity crisis that comes from having two cultures. It’s one of the reasons he has a strong Chicano fanbase. Like him, they left their Catholic country (Mexico/Ireland) to live in a Protestant/Secular country (America/England) that often doesn’t acknowledge, like or understand them.

“my family has myriad tales of living in a golden Mexico during the 1940s and 1950s. Those stories helped foster a deep-seated melancholy within me about where I truly belong. Not quite American; not wholly Latino, living in all the spaces in between. Growing up in rural Ohio, these duelling identities caused me an incredible amount of angst, as I tried to traverse the space between home and school. It’s easy to see where so many of Morrissey’s songs that deal with identity crisis, with a sense of alienation, of being an “other”, would appeal to people such as me. Feeling ostracised, not part of a homogeneous American culture – that’s enough to make anyone morose and woebegone.” (March, 2016)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/mar/07/morrissey-popularity-mexicans-smiths-chicanos-california

“Morrissey’s ‘Irishness’ is partly contained in this idea of the ‘outsider’, a fascination with writers including Oscar Wilde, his black wit, and as he has says” – “Ireland has always been a very credible and very poetic place, with no-one under any illusions about themselves – we all end up in the same bucket etc.”  (August, 2006)

https://www.morrissey-solo.com/article.pl?sid=06/08/24/1713247

He wrote a song, Mexico, 2004, about the border:

In Mexico
I went for a walk to inhale
The tranquil, cool, lover’s air
But I could taste a trace
Of American chemical waste
And the small voice said
“What can we do?”

In Mexico
I went for a walk to inhale
The tranquil, cool, lover’s air
But I could sense the hate
From the Lone Star state
And a small voice said
“What can we do?”

It seems if you’re rich and you’re white
You’ll be alright
I just don’t see why
This should be so
If you’re rich and you’re white
You’ll be alright
I just don’t see why
This should be so

In Mexico
I lay on the grass
And I cried my heart out
For want of my love
Oh, for want of my love
Oh, for want of my love

It seems if you’re rich and you’re white
You think you’re so right
I just don’t see why
This should be so
If you’re rich and you’re white
Then you’ll be OK
I just don’t see why
This should be so

In Mexico
I lay on the grass
And I cried my heart out
For want of my love
For want of my love
For want of my love
For want of my love

The UK’s anti-Irishness and anti-Catholicism are near forgotten these days but were still prevalent well into Morrissey’s adulthood.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/irish-butt-english-racism-more-eight-centuries-1342976.html

So how did he end up getting such a kicking for one Facebook post on the Manchester Bomb in 2017?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-40010124

And on a side note why does he think the left-wing has become right-wing?

It all pivots on Charlie Hebdo.

A tiny left-wing anti-racist magazine’s staff were massacred for blasphemy & some Anglophone lefties blamed the victim.

It raged for months, but this sums it up:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30708237

Moz seems to have been silent on Hebdo, but in November 2015, 128 people were murdered, most of them in the Bataclan music venue, and the motivation of Islamic State seemed to be more about killing unbelievers than freedom-fighting.

In paying tribute to the victims at a gig on 11th November in Santiago, Morrissey reportedly said, “As you know, as you’ve heard, the war of religion is upon us, or the religion of war is upon us. And we say ‘no thank you, no, no, no, no, no, no, no’.”

http://home.bt.com/news/showbiz-news/morrissey-pays-tribute-to-paris-massacre-victims-by-playing-im-throwing-my-arms-around-paris-in-front-of-a-french-flag-11364016782577

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-34822655

But he very quickly got involved in an unseemly row with his record company over being neglected:

A year later, in June 2016, The Orlando shooting at a gay nightclub happens & Moz is mad at Trump:

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/14/morrissey-trump-response-orlando-attack-anti-gay-pro-gun

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-36511778

At the same time there was a refugee crisis in Europe & no coherent policies to deal with it. Extremism was increasing in badly managed camps. Troll campaigns exaggerated or fabricated refugee related crime. And Erdogan was using refugees as leverage, deliberately sending high numbers over the border to cause resource breakdowns & local stress.

The left was struggling to cope with a fascist group from a non-Western background & with complex problems that couldn’t be papered over with a slogan.

& social media had turned us into witch hunt junkies.

So what did Moz actually say?

That he was angry. That words didn’t make up for broken bodies. That May (famous for a hostile environment policy that could deport your Grandmother but not a terrorist) had bad policies. And he takes pot-shots at politicians, the press, the Queen & Islamic State.

He was immediately accused of blaming all immigrants, all Muslims & all brown people.

They read their own ‘dog-whistle’ assumptions into it, instead of looking at it from his slightly off-kilter perspective.

Moz hits up.

They hit down.

So, it’s not really surprising he became receptive to Douglas Murray, who argued that political correctness was causing the West to ignore or enable Islamist violence & For Britain’s leader, Anne Marie Waters, who claimed to have been falsely smeared as a fascist for protesting against Sharia Law being held up in UK courts on issues over the status of women, gay rights, and animal welfare.

Red Pepper accused him of Islamophobia & increasing community tensions as if all the endless online hot-takes didn’t do that on a minute by minute basis to build their platforms.

Comedian, Michael Legge, whose 2008 blog could easily be paraphrased to mean all Muslims are f**king nutters who are potential bombers who should be locked in asylums…

http://michaelleggesblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/religion.html

posted abuse & has been calling all Morrissey fans racists ever since:

Although Moz’s negativity isn’t a natural fit for a sentimental tribute concert, the controversy likely led to him being excluded from One Love Manchester.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-40134567

Talking about it, he said: “because I do look back in anger! I would have sang ‘World Peace Is None of Your Business’ or ‘Life is a Pigsty’ – or something truthful and meaningful. If my child had been killed at Manchester Arena I wouldn’t be lighting candles and swaying… I’d be in a complete rage.”

https://www.morrisseycentral.com/messagesfrommorrissey/234417-the-interview

World Peace attacks governments:

Life Is A Pigsty is about life being awful but we still fall in love:

They’re good choices that make strong statements.

But – there’s almost no way it wouldn’t have been twisted into an attack on Muslims.

Even though Moz was angry at the UK authorities who 3 years later would have significant failings revealed in a public inquiry:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/sep/08/greater-manchester-force-had-no-plan-to-police-arena-on-night-of-bombing

& Islamic State, who styled itself as a government & was brutal to the people who found themselves living in the territory it conquered:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29052144

World Peace would likely have been seen as divisive.

And even though one thing we know Moz & Islam are in total agreement on is that eating pigs is a bad thing (for different reasons) – pig in a song title is likely to have been interpreted as a racist insult.

Once the torches are lit & the pitchforks are sharpened, it’s very hard to avoid being chased to the windmill.

Zionist

On July 29th 2009, Morrissey played his first gig in Israel.

In July 2012, he told Israel’s channel 2 news that:

“There’s no point in punishing an entire nation for something its leader says or does.”

In his November 2017 interview with Der Spiegel he dismissed the idea of a cultural boycott, seemingly not previously aware of the BDS movement.

“It is narrow-minded. Being politically correct is incorrect. It means forbidding the freedom of speech. This is how the BDS movement sounds to me.”

and

“I love this city [Tel Aviv]. The rest of the world does not like Israel well. But the people there are very generous and friendly. You should never judge a people by their government. It is very rare for the government to reflect the wishes of the people.'”

https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/british-singer-morrissey-slams-bds-movement-as-absurd-514833

He’s very politely saying that the people are nice and the government isn’t. And in no way is he slamming, blasting or proclaiming.

His 2017 album, Low In High School, had 3 songs set in Israel.

The Girl From Tel Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel, which included a side-swipe at American intervention:

Of princes and kings and their costly parade
Blitz them all back to the Stone Age
The American way displayed proudly
Is to show lots of teeth and talk loudly
And the land weeps oil
The land weeps oil
What do you think all these armies are for?
Just because the land weeps oil

When You Open Your Legs, in which the song’s narrator forgets everything because of sex:

4am and once again
I am asked to leave this club in Tel Aviv
It’s 4am and once again
I am asked to leave this club in Tel Aviv, oh

Everything I know deserts me now
When you open your legs
Everything I know deserts me now
When you open

& Israel, which mixes sex with religion, envy and threat.

Realize if you’re happy
Jesus sends you straight to hell

Israel
Israel

And should you dare, enjoy your body
Here tolls Hades welcome bell
Israel
Israel

You’ve found a middle course existence
We’re all bones and flesh and shell
Israel
Israel

I can’t answer for what armies do
They are not you
They are not you
They are not you

In other climes they bitch and whine
Just because you’re not like them
Israel
Israel

The sky is dark
For many others
They want it dark
For you as well
Israel
Israel

Earth is just one big asylum
An explodes a prison cell
See us squirm in our own damaged spell
You were born
As guilty sinners
Before you stood up right, you fell
Put the fear of many gods
In Israel

Nature gave you
Every impulse
Who are virgin priests to tell
Who, how to love
How to live
Israel
And they who reign, abuse, upon you
Upon you
They are jealous of you as well
Love yourself
As you should
Israel

There is absolutely nothing to suggest that it has anything to do with the conflict between Israel & Palestine – it seems far more likely that it’s about sexual freedom. Tel Aviv is the kind of liberal, gay friendly, city that traditional moralists would consider a Sodom and Gomorrah.

But the UK left was outraged.

Red Pepper was appalled & saw it as part of his descent into right-wing reactionary racism:

Despite Morrissey mentioning Virgin Priests, many Gods & other climes, Pepper decided the threat had to be Islam:

And decided that this song about sex & religion had to be about Zionism & was telling the Palestinians they had no right to be aggrieved:

https://www.redpepper.org.uk/where-did-it-all-go-wrong-morrissey/

Other reviews took the same line – that 2 songs about sex & 1 about defying authority had to be about Zionism.

A summary appeared in The Jewish Chronicle:
https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/critics-attack-israel-in-morrissey-album-reviews-1.449077

It didn’t seem to occur to them that Moz has a fairly well documented admiration for Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi & that it’s possible the songs were inspired by his films. They could at least ask.

https://morrissey-shot.livejournal.com/1140439.html

Their meeting:

Scene from a Lior film Moz wanted to recreate:

Also ironic (& depressing) that the UK left’s obsession with Israel, so acute that it sees Morrissey as a zealous Zionist, would mire it in racism.

They also didn’t fret about the ethics of being angry at an LGBT+ singer for not boycotting a country that doesn’t persecute him, when they’ve never demanded that he boycott a country that does.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jun/21/gay-lgbt-muslim-countries-middle-east

Nor have they ever condemned him for playing gigs in his favourite city of Istanbul, currently ruled over by Islamist hardliner Erdogan:

I had a timid childhood. My past is also full of repression. I still do not know what it means to have fun and to enjoy physically. Istanbul has a feature that dissipates this mood and crisis. When you return to the British land, you are left with the same despair, it’s separate. This is the secret of Istanbul, the people of Istanbul: It is very alive, very real. This is also something I admire. I don’t see myself as a ‘living person’ as much as you do. I’m an extra head in the crowd, that’s all.

https://www.hurriyet.com.tr/kelebek/hayat/morrissey-cinsel-hayatim-koca-bir-cahillikten-ibaret-27621773

California Son

Pingate (wearing the badge of UK fringe party For Britain) happened as Moz was releasing California Son – a selection of left-wing protest songs from his childhood – plus genderqueer covers of Jobriath, Melanie & 5th Dimension.

A tiny bit of research would have revealed that Moz had always loved these artists, even when he was almost behaving himself by being a socialist & wanting to guillotine Margaret Thatcher, who he still hates.

(From his autobiography, published in Penguin Modern Classics, 2013)

He also thought the Beeb had it in for Buffy – so it’s not just white Indie artists he thinks get excluded – it’s anyone with a message that disturbs the establishment.

& that tiny bit of research would have revealed that whatever he thought he was doing, he didn’t think he’d gone to the far right. You can’t disguise a fascist party with an anguished plea, it’s absurd to think anyone would try. But you can, esp. in our world of disinformation overload, be mistaken.

https://www.morrisseycentral.com/messagesfrommorrissey/i-ve-been-dreaming-of-a-time-when-the-english-are-sick-to-death-of-labour-and-tories

I despise racism. 

I despise fascism. 

I would do anything for my Muslim friends, and I know they would do anything for me. 

In view of this, there is only one British political party that can safeguard our security. 

That party is For Britain

Please give them a chance. Listen to them. 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!!! Please do not close your mind. 

Labour is hopelessly naive. 

Theresa May’s policies have turned Britain into a international target. 

The BBC has closed down. 

The Loony Left is concerned only with victim culture. 

For Britain will keep British society together. Violence is not the way forward.
There are many problems in modern Britain that have become too large for Theresa May to deal with – mostly because she created them in the first place. The press appear to deal only in fashionable outrage; inflammatory and unjust comments against any new party that threatens the same old bloody pointless two-party system. 

Please give For Britain a chance. They will bring an end to the modern Westminster mania for self-destruction. For Britain is the bulldog breed that will never surrender. Both Labour and Conservatives have already sold you down the river into righteous oblivion. 

This is my last political strike. No wish to upset anyone!  But the time has come to fight, and Labour and the Conservatives have their backs to the sea. 

Are you capable of change? 

Thank you, and peace for all of us 

MORRISSEY

20 April 2018

A few articles explaining how & why the deeply unlikely leader of For Britain, Anne Marie Waters (lesbian, vegan, secularist, ex-Labour, Irish immigrant) had turned to the Far Right would have been useful journalism but the call of the clickbait & the thrill of the witch-hunt was too strong.

The Guardian (24th May, 2019) claimed to hear slimey trolling – in what is, a very sweet & sincere album (there is no decade of contentious proclamations, there’s a decade of them sifting through his interviews & on-stage patter to find half a sentence to condemn him for, usually connected to his belief in animal rights or dislike of Monarchy).

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/may/24/morrissey-california-son-review-clumsy-covers-troll-like-spirit

Merseyrail removed the poster. Indie record stores banned his records. DJs stopped playing him. The press tried to harass his collaborators into denouncing him. And the moral panic got into full swing.

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/merseyrail-orders-removal-morrissey-posters-16321633

https://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/morrissey-smiths-record-shop-banned-16313914

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/mar/01/morrissey-collaborators-respond-to-his-politics

Trump

Morrissey hates Trump, but that doesn’t stop people from assuming he supports or is like him.

On the 2nd September 2020, badly researched satire site, News Thump, took a cheap swipe.

Giving Moz this to say:


Despite him condemning Trump’s response to the Orlando Massacre, in June 2016, as anti-gay and pro-gun.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/14/morrissey-trump-response-orlando-attack-anti-gay-pro-gun

Having ‘Trump Will Kill America’ etched on to a Record Store Day release in April 2017.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/apr/24/trump-will-kill-america-smiths-record-store-day-release-morrissey

And one of his scandals, in November 2017, being this:

Cannibalism

On April 17th 2009 Morrissey played Coachella and left the stage because he didn’t like the smell of meat cooking. He said – ‘I can smell burning flesh, and I hope to God it’s human.’

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8008602.stm

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/apr/20/morrissey-coachella-meat-fumes

in January 2014 he compared eating meat to rape, genocide and eating children.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jan/03/morrissey-eating-meat-paedophilia-smiths

and in February 2015 he said he rejected a venue in Iceland for being Cannibalistic.

Animal Rights Terrorist

Morrissey is going to kill scientists, who are also forced to listen to him.

At his gig in New Theatre, Oxford, May 25th 2006, he said, ‘well, if you agree with vivisection you go and be vivisected upon. Terrorism’.

(On a side note he also said ‘and because I have no identity, I rely upon the press to tell me. Which is a great life. That was almost funny’.)

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1520152/Medical-tests-on-great-apes-should-not-be-banned-says-research-chief.html

https://www.nme.com/news/music/morrissey-409-1355999

https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/morrissey-well-get-you-7287970.html?amp

https://metro.co.uk/2006/05/30/morrissey-well-get-you-154786/

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/780004.morrissey-calls-city-shame-england/

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/well-get-you-morrissey-warns-lab-1030985

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1519855/Animal-rights-group-reveals-university-lab-builders-secret-address.html