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Morrissey explains his Norway massacre comments

Earlier this week Morrissey caused a press storm with onstage comments made about animal slaughter in the context of the Norway massacre. Whilst Morrissey is often the centre of these storms his onstage statement has been poured over endlessly. As usual the point he was trying to make has been clouded over by what he said on stage which was…

“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.” (He then launched into the Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder”.)

What people say onstage is not always what they feel and the statement needed some sort of clarification, which is got from Morrissey himself in a statement to the fan website True to You, where Morrissey expands his between song statement giving it some sort of context.

‘The recent killings in Norway were horrific. As usual in such cases, the media give the killer exactly what he wants: worldwide fame. We aren’t told the names of the people who were killed– almost as if they are not considered to be important enough, yet the media frenzy to turn the killer into a Jack The Ripper star is…. repulsive. He should be un-named, not photographed, and quietly led away.

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.

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.”‘

As a long standing vegan, I agree with the gist of what Morrissey is saying here but I wish the context of the initial statement was different. The Norway massacre is rightly a far more emotive issue for most people which Morrissey does actually clarify on his follow up statement on the website.

What do you think?
Are we over reacting a bit here?
Does Morrissey have a point?

Comments please!

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  1. If the killer had been 17 and or part of a Violent Youth Cult -Morrisey would have penned an “erotic” ode to him by now. Never base your morality on that of a narcisistic Rock Star.

  2. A person in a rock n roll band should be able to say what they want on stage without having to explain it.
    A flash statement in the middle of a show isn’t always thought out .Its a reaction in the heat of the moment , if the disgusting and sick killings in Norway made Morrissey think about the wholesale killing of animals then he has every right to announce that fact.
    Rock n Roll should never and willl never be censored and anyway some throwaway comments often open debate and debate is the only way people can understand and change anything …..
    97 people get killed in Norway front pages for weeks , 97 people killed in Afganistan small paragraph on page 37.
    Morrissey is just highlighting a contardiction as he sees it
    All life is precious , its the people in power who decide which lives are more precious than others.

  3. Do you thin an animal’s life is worth as much as a humans. If so, then you agree with him. If not then you don’t.

    The “clarification” about the identity of the killer (although correct) is an attempt to deflect attention from the fact that it was an ill-timed comment in an environment not best suited for reporting in the press.

    He should know better.

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