It’s interesting to watch the slow transformation of the former frontman of the Smiths Morrissey from the darling of the alternative world to a “controversial” figure who spouts decidedly un-rock star wisdom. Who would have thought that this strange and awkward sexually-ambiguous vegan and campaigner against animal cruelty would a decade or two (or three) later be sounding like a grumpy, UKIP-voting, Daily Mai” reader?
I suspect it’s both the case of the world having changed and Morrissey having changed as well, which is not a common experience in the world of art and entertainment — as neither is the courage or foolhardiness to say publicly things that just aren’t said in arts and entertainment company.
Thus recently Morrissey on the accusation of racism:
“As far as racism goes, the modern Loony Left seem to forget that Hitler was Left-wing,” said Morrissey. “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’.”
And on the plague of acid attacks:
“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.”
You might also recall Morrissey’s scathing words in the aftermath of the Manchester terrorist bombing.
Thirty-something years on, the Queen is not dead, but some of the old pieties don’t look that healthy.
Arthur Chrenkoff blogs at The Daily Chrenk where this piece also appears.
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