Morrissey has unveiled a new website called Morrissey Central. One of the first posts comes in the form of a long message from Mozzer himself about how he has much antipathy for the British news site The Independent.
The essay was written as a reaction to a story The Independent published on March 17th called ‘This Charmless Man: How Morrissey’s Big Mouth Struck Again… And Again.’ But Morrissey dubs this particular opinion editorial a ‘Hate Piece’.
He accuses the Independent of demonizing him as opposed to focusing on news stories of actual relevance, ‘Telford grooming gangs? Hardly worth a whisper in The Independent. Instead let’s demonize Morrissey – who deserves our indefatigable abuse since he appears to be saying some things that many people are actually thinking. To truthophobics, I am apparently worse than useless.’
Morrissey then blasts Independent editor Christian Broughton, describing him as an ‘editor/dictator’ stating, ‘My manager (Peter Katsis) spoke to [editor] Christian Broughton after the ‘Hate Piece’ had appeared, and he asked why Broughton had sanctioned such a diabolically contrived and bitterly inaccurate mess.
‘Broughton pointed out that ‘it would be difficult to find anyone at The Independent who agreed with Morrissey’s views.’ This almost-illiterate reply fully reveals The Independent’s dog-yapping will to destroy anyone with a view that doesn’t match their own. The Independent, you see, must supervise and censor art – that is their function.’
Morrisey then clarifies his stance on Brexit contrary to the newspaper’s claims that the singer is ‘loving Brexit’. The Smiths front man argues that he has only mentioned Brexit twice in his ‘entire life, and neither comment expressed love’.
‘[…] Any Brexit loathing by The Independent does not reflect majority opinion, and this lends them no independent thought whatsoever, but blind bureaucratic arrogance instead. This is symptomatic of a modern, shredded British society, where free speech no longer exists. When the print media are lost for a reply, they simply change the subject by naming their opponent as ‘racist’, which is the perfect ploy because most people are naturally appalled to be called racist, and they step back in silence, and the debate collapses unresolved.’
Towards the end of the post he outlines his apolitical stance and how his shyness can be construed as arrogance, ‘I am neither Loony Left nor Far Right. I am a humanitarian. I have not ever once voted in a British election because I have not ever discovered a party that represents my views. My main social concern is the abolition of the abattoir, the continued existence of which in modern times is beyond sane belief. I confess that my life in music has been stunted by shyness, and this remains. I am too interior, and this can often seem like bone splitting arrogance. But it is not. I do not want to be like anyone else in music because there is no point.’
You can read the entire post here.
Meanwhile, The singer has announced he’s recorded a cover of The Pretenders 1972 hit ‘Back On The Chain Gang‘.
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