Morrissey is known for many things: excellent singing voice, stunning lyrics, powerhouse discography. He’s also known for being a little, let’s say, outspoken about his worldview. He’s famously feuded with such pop music hotshots as Elton John, Madonna, George Michael, The Cure’s Robert Smith, and many more. He is an outspoken defender of animal rights and extraordinarily harsh critic of meat-eating. Moreover, everything seems to just really, really piss him off. Today in What’s Making Morrissey Mad This Week: the 2012 London summer Olympics.
That’s right, the summer Olympics. Morrissey finds the “blustering jingoism” of the event, and how London has been “suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand” while poverty is rampant, and how the royal family has “hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs.” Read the whole missive yourself, which the Moz sent out in a letter to members of his True To You fanclub:
I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The ‘dazzling royals’ have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. It is lethal to witness. As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters. Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the ‘dazzling royals,’ laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought.
As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP.
So there you have it folks—the royal family has hijacked the Olympics, which have now become a throwback to the fascistic upsurge of humanity-crushing evil that marked Hitler-era Germany. But with more gymnastics coverage and endorsement deals.
What do you think of Morrissey’s comments?
Source: Rolling Stone