Although the world has most certainly lost all hope of a Smiths reunion any time in the near future, fans of the Brit group will be excited to hear that the band’s lead singer, Morrissey, may be performing soon…in the courtroom. As it turns out, Mr. Justice Tugendhat, Britain’s most senior Libel Judge, is in the process of deciding whether or not Morrissey has grounds to pursue a lawsuit against British pop-music magazine, NME. The claim arises from a 2007 interview with the magazine that quoted the lead singer as saying that, “the gates of England are flooded. The country’s been thrown away…Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher influx into England, the more the British identity disappears.”
According to the lead Smith, his reputation has been damaged ever since the article’s publication. Unfortunately for this charming man, this is not the first time Morrissey finds his foot, rather than a microphone, in and/or around his mouth. No way; not evah.
Morrissey has had quite a time telling off his fellow man these days. The singer’s involvement with animal-rights group, PETA, has found him using his rock star status to spread the word, that the word is not bird…or any other animal.
Morrissey’s latest saucy-fest started in April of 2009, when the singer was forced off stage due to the smell of burning burgers. Morrissey earned himself a headline when, in response to the savory smell of Coachella’s finest packaged chicken and-uh cow for twelve dollars, he hoped to God [the smell] was human. The following year, Morrissey’s comments grew even bolder, when he referred to the Chinese as a subspecies. Most recently, Morrissey has faced public outrage when, speaking of the Norway massacre, he was quoted as saying, “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Shit every day.”
So here’s my thing. Using your rock star status to say what you want, how you want, is one thing. If Morrissey feels that these racial, shock-and-awe comments are an effective way to steer his fans away from the burger and back to the coconut milk stand, then he should (and clearly does) feel free to do so. So, don’t bring a lawsuit against a magazine for painting you out to be a racist, when you use race to juxtapose your real concerns. It’s a corporate rock magazine; of course they’re going to do that. Playing conductor on the race-train will never help you sustain an argument in court, especially when a judge has already described you as “devious, truculent, and unreliable.” Oh, but that statement isn’t admissible.
If I were you, Moz, I’d lay off the interviews and heed your own advice. You should never go to them, let them come to you, just like I do.