Saturday, July 30, 2011

Morrissey 'explains' his Norwegian comments

I suppose, to be fair to Morrissey, for once he's admitting he said what he said. But he's trying to weasel his way out of it, just the same:

The recent killings in Norway were horrific. As usual in such cases, the media give the killer exactly what he wants: worldwide fame.
And you know what, linking the killer to Colonel Saunders is just the way to work against that, right?
We aren't told the names of the people who were killed - almost as if they are not considered to be important enough
That's just a lie. There's been, rightly, acres of coverage about the murdered. Either Morrissey doesn't know this, in which case he's an idiot, or he does, and he's just being cynical.
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.
A fair point - psychologists repeatedly say that showing photographs of mass-murderes repeatedly in news reports is unhelpful and can inspire further, similar attacks.

But what has this to do with what Morrissey said on stage? How does saying 'there are a lot of dead, but it's nothing compared to what McDonalds did' in any way restore the balance between the murdered and the murderer? Is shrugging and saying 'well, it's not as bad as the slaughter for a bargain bucket' reclaiming the names of the dead?
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."
This is fairly standard Morrissey - as we said earlier in the week, to claim to be both a massive Smiths fan and surprised that Morrissey believes that there's a moral equivalence between mass murder and industrial farming is to suggest you've not been paying attention.

But the original problem was less about what he said, and more about the timing - before any of the victims had been laid to rest; while police were still unable to say if they'd found all the dead or not. It was the lack of empathy and sympathy that stank worse than a sewer under a McDonalds; that this wasn't the time.

Morrissey had managed to issue a statement which both ignores the problem of his original remarks, and adds a whole new slew of offensive and fallacious self-justifications instead.

Shut up, man. Just shut the fuck up.

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