Marine Le Pen

In 2017 Moz persuaded his bandmate Mando Lopez to post a Facebook comment for him on the French Leadership debate between Marine Le Pen & Emmanuel Macron.

He was immediately called a racist & tried again:

& got denounced as a racist again:

It’s moot whether Marine or Macron ‘won’ – but it’s true that news outlets, esp ones not covered by any kind of regulatory obligation to provide balance use loaded language to signal whether something is acceptable or not.

CNN can be openly partisan in favour of corporate liberalism, but vicious wars are being waged over perceived bias in the BBC. When a debate is extremely polarised it’s difficult to find a balance that will please either side.

https://www.theweek.co.uk/100501/is-the-bbc-biased

So why was Morrissey bothered by commentary about a politician he couldn’t & wouldn’t vote for (Marine’s pro-hunting apart from anything else)?

Probably because he was thinking of his political mission to ban abattoirs.

Animal rights activists are routinely dismissed in the press as either violent extremists or irrelevant loons & he’s up against the world’s meat industry.

Have people evolved in any way during your lifetime?
Meaning the human race, generally? Well, because of food enlightenment, yes – it’s clear to everyone how the dairy industry is a bigger threat to the planet that the nuclear arms race. People are sick of animal slaughter. My final aim is to abolish the abattoir, and although I haven’t ever once voted in a general election, my vote awaits any party intelligent enough to ban the slaughterhouse. Only at that point would the world begin to grow up.”
(December, 2017)

Since taking over The National Front in 2011, Marine Le Pen has rebranded them as The National Rally & has shifted most of their policies to the left, hoping to become a more respectable nationalist party along the lines of the Scottish Nationalist Party whose fascist links are almost completely forgotten.

During the debate her most controversial statement was a baseless jibe about Macron having an offshore bank account. And the French hard left saw both candidates as equally undesirable.

https://www.politico.eu/article/jean-luc-melenchon-president-france-election-army-of-abstainers-macron-le-pen/

https://www.france24.com/en/20170414-france-politics-presidential-race-unsubmissive-awkward-translations-melenchon-macron-fillon

With very little to go on the press & therefore the public fell back on labels; Le Pen was far right & aggressive (she doesn’t come across as aggressive when compared to Anglophone politicians), Macron was a rational centrist…

As Morrissey is a militant animal liberationist with an extreme abolitionist stance – this was a very bad sign.

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.