Morrissey Explains, But Does Not Apologize for, His Controversial Norway Comments

Photo: Ian Gavan/2011 Getty Images
GLASTONBURY, ENGLAND - JUNE 24: Morrissey performs live on the pyramid stage during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 24, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. The festival, which started in 1970 has grown into Europe's largest music festival attracting more than 175,000 people over five days  (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Moz. Photo: Ian Gavan/2011 Getty Images

Yesterday, Vulture pointed your attention to the backlash surrounding comments Morrissey recently made from a Warsaw stage: “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.” Now, in a statement released to Morrissey fan site True to You, the man explains his position. Ready to possibly still be angered?

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.”

Okay! Thoughts?

Morrissey statement [TrueToYou via Pitchfork]

Morrissey Explains, But Does Not Apologize for, His Controversial Norway Comments