Morrissey: master wordsmith or major douche?

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Morrissey has a big mouth.
Morrissey's vocal chords are good for two things: singing awesome tunes and spewing controversial word vomit. Who could forget last week's quote in which Morrissey compared the Norway killings to McDonald's and "Kentucky Fried Shit"?

Given the chance, Morrissey did not issue an apology for what he said last week. In fact, he issued another statement to British press that qualified his rationale with an explanation equally controversial: "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.'"

But Morrissey's Norway comment isn't the first head-shaking thing the singer has ever said to piss off someone somewhere. Here are ten other examples:


"Long hair is an unpardonable offense which should be punishable by death."


"I think I must be, absolutely, a total sex object. In every sense of the word."


On animal cruelty in China: "Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies."


"Artists aren't really people. I'm actually 40 percent papier mache."


"That was the problem with the 'celibate' word because they don't consider for a moment that you'd rather not be, but you just are. I was never a sexual person."

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What always got me as the most controversial thing of all about his statement about the Norway killings and the deaths of billions of chickens every year is WHY SHOULD it be controversial?

The reaction seemed more controversial to me than the actual statement.

(Other) people get outraged about a comment like that but when you ask them why they think it's outrageous or despicable or whatever they call it, they can't tell you.

"You can't compare humans and chickens" they say."Why not?" I ask"Errr... don't just can't, but I can't think of an actual reason"

On a "wrongness" scale of 1 to 10, killing those poor people in Norway was right up there...10.Suggesting that killing chickens is also 10, doesn't change the wrongness of killing those people. It's as if people think they're mutually exclusive or something. Weird!

Violence is violence. It ALL wrong. It's no more or less wrong to take someone else's life just because you arbitrarily decide they're worth more or less than each other.

Thinking his words are contraversial is actually the real controversy for me. He has explained his reasoning. time for those who've criticised him to explain theirs.

Wade Sears
Wade Sears

trying to find your point here, as relayed by the title of the article. 

calling any nationality as a 'sub-species', goes way overboard. the comment on the norway shootings, could be a valid statement. i myself would say that the animals have it worse; they are not allowed a true existence, grown only to be destroyed for the enjoyment of humans.the victims in norway were the actions of a narcissist. even if you consider that animals and humans have a different value (morrissey does not), then a look around the grocery would indicate that millions more animals die everyday for your local grocery than died in norway.

the other comments are fairly accurate and FUNNY. if you did not understand the humour in the statement you might be offended.

but the main point for me is: why can't you be both, a master wordsmith and a major jackass?

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