5 Reasons We Love to Hate Morrissey

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We love Morrissey. We love his coiff, we love the tactless way he shoots off his mouth. We even love his supposed plan to have his band show off their new "Meat is Murder" T-shirts as a gesture of protest during his Thursday night show at the Majestic. And did you know it's his birthday tomorrow?

But he makes it hard for us sometimes, too. Old Moz isn't above preaching -- and even his message for the Majestic would seem to be aimed right at his own choir. As a protest, it may well fall, flatulently, flat. What's worse, he's not above his fair share of hypocrisy; in fact, there's plenty of protest-fodder we can hurl right back at this charming man of ours.

With that in mind, here are five such cases that embody our love-hate relationship with Morrissey. (Any of which might make fine slogans for a T-shirt. Or billboard. Or skyscraper...)

1. He endorses cannibalism.
Well, sort of. At the 2009 Coachella music festival, Morrissey, after catching a whiff of BBQ, proclaimed, "I can smell burning flesh...and I hope to god it's human." So basically, in Morrissey Logic, it'd be better if some poor kid was roasting to death in the audience than for there to be a few hamburgers broiling in the vendor's section. That certainly seems reasonable, yeah? I'd be inclined to give Moz a pass if I thought it was just shock-value speak, but it wasn't. In a sweeping gesture of stupidity, Morrissey showed his true colors once more in 2011 when speaking about the Norway Terrorist Massacre (77 people were killed), declaring, "That is nothing compared to what happens at McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Shit everyday."

2. He hates Sir Paul McCartney
How can anyone hate the happy-go-lucky, pop-melody genius Sir Paul McCartney? The guy's as disarming and pleasant as icons come. Hell, It's almost like hating a teddy bear, or a greatly admired musical superstar. Whatever. In fact, you'd think Morrissey would be the last person to lay into McCartney given that the former Beatle is one of the most ardent supporters of PETA's cause. But, not so. In 2013, Morrissey publicly criticized McCartney for not denouncing his knighthood on the grounds that refusal to do so represented an endorsement of the Queen's habit for wearing furs. Just to clarify: given that the Queen of England owns certain animal-derived family heirlooms, Moz thinks McCartney is morally inferior for not returning his nation's highest honor. Let that sink in.

3. He wants to scrub the 'black' out of pop music
In an interview Morrissey once stated, "Reggae...is to me the most racist music in the entire world. It's an absolute total glorification of black supremacy." He went on, "Ultimately, I don't have very cast iron opinions on black music other than black modern music which I detest. I detest Stevie Wonder. I think Diana Ross is awful... I think they're all vile in the extreme. In essence this music doesn't say anything." The interviewer responded, "You seem to be saying that you believe that there is some sort of black pop conspiracy being organized to keep white indie groups down." What was Morrissey's response? "Yes, I really do."


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6 comments
ChrisYu
ChrisYu

so long's he doesn't sing 'Kaw-Liga' or salute 'the troops' he can stay out of trouble.

barryguitar
barryguitar

Moz is cool, I guess. I like hamburgers more.

almadcoronado930
almadcoronado930

Most Morrissey fans fell in love with him when he was with the Smiths or became devoted fans years ago. What are people supposed to do, dislike every musician who says provocative things? Morrissey has made a career out of being snippy and sour and tragic, all Morrissey fans know this and accept that. You write this article as if it were a piece of revealing truth or news to discourage people from liking him and you do it the day before he's supposed to perform, that's just ugly. I don't agree with 100% of things he's said in the past but I'm not here to be the commentary police, he writes and makes great music so I'm going to enjoy him along with all his snide, impetuous commentary that he likes to throw in. So leave Morrissey to his fans and you go enjoy Blue October or Nickelback or whatever does it for you, but for fuck's sake, get off it! 

existance1
existance1

@almadcoronado930 an artists work and who they are don't have to be taken as one. I think the things he says are ignorant, offensive, and snobbish. he is a musical genius that doesn't mean he isn't a douche 

JohnnyMarr
JohnnyMarr

@almadcoronado930  No offence, but you strike me as a bit of a sycophant. I grew up listening to the Smiths in high school but left them behind when I rediscovered soul music in the early 90s, and I've never looked back. The only thing I can imagine that would fuel such hatred of black music is probably some underlying racist views. Honestly the best thing about the Smiths was Johnny Marr. I can't imagine Morrisey's vocals standing on their own without Marr's songwriting and guitar playing backing him up. Morrisey's solo stuff surely doesn't compare to the Smiths.

Lance_
Lance_

@JohnnyMarr This would've been a better reply if you wrote it like you were Johnny Marr.  I loved you in Modest Mouse, BTW.

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