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?