Morrissey wins £10,000 from Channel 4 for wrong useage of Smiths song on Gordon Ramsey show … and he then donates the money to PETA.
This story made us smile.
Militant anti vegetarian TV ‘chef’ and former ‘footballer’ Gordon Ramsey (who once had a bizarre programme where he cooked a meat dish for several vegetarians who apparently found his food so good that they broke their vegetarianism to eat it! mmmm, yup, ok ) had a xmas special where channel 4 used a Smiths song to promote it.
Trouble was, the use of the song was unauthorised and Morrissey struck back, sued them and has won £10,000 from Channel 4, money he’s used to fund a campaign attacking Fortnum & Mason for selling foie gras.
Channel 4 failed to ask Morrissey’s permission to use the Smiths song Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want when promoting the Gordon Ramsay Christmas Cookalong Live show in 2011.
The broadcaster is understood to have paid £10,000 to Morrissey in recognition of its error, and he has donated the money to the animal rights charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta).
Peta is using the £10,000 to buy advertising space for its new campaign criticising Fortnum & Mason.
Morrissey said: “Ramsay may very well stick his head in his microwave when he hears that the money I received from Channel 4 because one of my songs (was) used to promote his Christmas show is being donated to Peta to fight foie gras. Foie gras is so cruelly produced that he’d be against it if he had an ethical bone in his body.”
Fortnum & Mason has continued to sell foie gras, despite calls from animal rights groups to take the product off the shelves.
A campaign by Peta featuring the former James Bond actor Roger Moore accused the retailer of selling “torture in a tin”.
A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “In this instance, a small payment was made additionally to our music blanket agreements for this trailer.”