Morrissey compares Norway massacre to KFC, should probably stick to self-loathing

Morrissey

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Oh Morrissey. Sometimes you just make it so hard to love you.

And we really want to! Your songs have gotten us through countless bad break-ups and rainy afternoons cleaning the apartment. Your work with the Smiths is legendary, and your solo career isn’t too shabby either (“Hairdresser On Fire” remains a favorite).

But you have a tendency to run your mouth at weird times, which is why we’re considering cutting ties with you after you compared the tragedy in Norway to the production of meat in fast food restaurants.

On Sunday, Morrissey was on stage in Warsaw, Poland, and went off on a rant about how meat is murder. “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown,” he reportedly told the crowd. “Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried S— every day.”

He’s spent the last few days getting lambasted online, with people rightfully angry about his trivialization of a human tragedy. While animal rights is a too-often ignored issue all over the world, and one that Morrissey is clearly passionate about, the Moz should really be more shrewd about where, when, and how his political statements come out.

In response, Morrissey submitted a response to a fan site. “The comment I made onstage 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 dare question them,” he wrote. “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.'”

Of course, this is hardly the first time Morrissey has gotten in trouble. He recently called England’s royal family “scroungers” just before the royal wedding, and he also may or may not have gone on a rant about immigrants a few years back. It’s good to be passionate about something, but maybe Morrissey should just stick to weeping about being the last of the famous international playboys.

Read more on EW.com:
Morrissey calls the Royal Family ‘scroungers’
Who is music’s sexiest vegetarian? Cast your votes, critter lovers
Review: Morrissey, Years of Refusal

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  • Ben

    He is just as bad as Glenn Beck – disrespectful idiots.

  • Monty

    After reading this article, all I can really think is that there are thousands of little GLEEKS who are asking themselves who Morrissey or the Smiths are…

  • john

    he is pretty fat for a vegetarian who stays off animal products.

    • lol

      You’re the one for me, fatty!

  • Morgan

    Dear Morrissey,

    Please just stop. You are making all vegetarians and vegans look like complete d**ks; and believe me, there are enough of those already in the world. You are hindering, not helping, the cause.

    Love,
    Morgan

  • Artaud

    Wiiiiiiiiilde is on your side

    • William Munney

      Not anymore. Remember that Oscar Wilde saw the light and converted to Christianity before he died. I believe Morrissey is still in the dark.

  • Hans M.

    People who value non-sentient life over sentient life have issues, Morrissey or not. Meat is food, not murder.

    • Morgan

      Animals are sentient beings. If you eat them or not, that’s fine, but understand that they are sentient creatures.

      • William Munney

        Morgan, do you even know what “sentient” means? It means to be able to perceive and be concious of their own existence. Do you really think a cow is walking around right now pondering its existence as it chews its cud and walks around in its own excrement? Good Night you people are wacky.

      • Journey To Nowhere

        But remember this next time you get food poisoning from under cooked beef dish: William, it was really nothing…

      • AcaseofGeo

        Sentient OR not, Animals and all life deserve respect, dignity and a non-cruel existence. I for one, do not see eating meat as cruel. Why is the Moz and other vegans NOT out on the plains of the Serengetti pleading the lions and tigers to not eat the antelopes and gazelle? That might be an agrument odd-absortem (poor spelling I know). I do realize there is major suffering of some mass-farmed animals in this world. Lets work on decent living regulations. But no, I don’t believe that eating meat is cruel.

      • Meli

        @Journey To Nowhere–as I seem to recall, most of the recent E.coli outbreaks have been from contaminated VEGETABLES, not meat. Under your faulty logic we shouldn’t be eating spinach.

    • YMe

      What an idiot. Why don’t you eat your dog or your cat?

      • Journey To Nowhere

        Some people do eat their dog or cat. It’s called cheap Chinese take out.

  • True Blue

    He should just not ever speak in public again. Ever.

    • Morgan

      AGREED.

    • Mike S

      Ditto

  • Nathan

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm KFC sounds good right now!

  • Michael

    You all miss the point. You are outraged at Morrissey for pointing out truths. You SHOULD be outraged at the cruel treatment of millions of animals daily – this is not just about being a vegetarian. It’s about inhumane treatment and torture of animals.

    • Brett

      But his timing could not have been worse. There is such a thing as respect.

    • AcaseofGeo

      But Michael, CRUEL TREATMENT is NOT equal to animal consumption. The circle of life on this planet includes all manner of creatures eating each other. I believe that most people do not want the animals they end up eating to be treated cruelly and inhumanely, but those are regulations for governments to make. Simply eating an animal does NOT equal cruelty, but if you believe it is, then surely you agree that 90% of nature itself is cruel for eating each other.

  • Jason

    People are the same everywhere.

  • DRG

    Morrissey ceased being relevant when the Smiths broke up and he quit working with Johnny Marr who did all the heavy lifting.

  • c nelson

    You can’t compare human beings to animals. Well, you shouldn’t, anyway. That’s just really, really, really bad — probably a sign of malnutrition :)

  • William Munney

    Morrissey used to be relevant. Now he is just ignorant.

    I used to be a big fan of his music. Not all of it(“November spawned a monster” was one offensive one I didn’t care for), but songs like “Big Mouth” and “There is a light that never goes out” were just a couple of the ones I thought were quite brilliant.
    But he has pretty much severed any of my respect for him with these inane comments.

    He prides himself on being anti-establishment, well that should apply to the liberal-establishment as well. But he is just spouting the same nonsense as they do – that somehow animal’s lives are more important than people’s lives. And yes he did do just that; diminished the value of a humans life, just to make a stupid statement about his vegetarian views.
    Sorry Morrissey, you’ve lost another one. And I have been a fan since the 80’s. Any Smiths or Morrissey tapes I find around here will be going in the garbage. I think his mind has already found its way there.

    • DRG

      @william — the two songs you mentioned as brilliant were songs with The Smiths. Johnny Marr was the force behind that band — something that was proven when they broke up and Morrissey proved himself to be just a tuneless droning hack. Johnny Marr *WAS* The Smiths.

  • Rob

    I’m surprised he didn’t blame the shootings on Madonna. He’s been bad mouthing her for ages. He’s quite frankly, a way past his prime dumba$$!

  • Hihi

    I’m sure this is just me but I find it ironic that he was talking about this in Poland.

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