Morrissey has publicly responded after it emerged that activists including his ‘former fans’ are due to stage an anti-racism party in Manchester city on the same evening that the singer will play his show in the city.
The party is the brainchild of journalist Dave Haslam and the demo intends to protest against Morrissey’s recent comments about English Defence League founder, Tommy Robinson, who was jailed for 13 months. The EDL is a far-right and counter-jihadist street-based pressure group.
Speaking to Tremr, Morrissey defended Tommy Robinson and endorsed the far-right political leader Anne Marie Waters, ‘it’s very obvious that Labour or the Tories do not believe in free speech … I mean, look at the shocking treatment of Tommy Robinson,’
In a statement on Facebook, Morrissey’s management lashed out at Haslam, describing the journalist as a ‘has-been’. Speaking on Morrissey’s behalf they said, ‘That has-been Haslam character was never a Morrissey fan. And his agenda, slated as using music to spread peace, could not be any further from the truth.’
Absolute result! Morrissey’s management team issue a statement name-calling me – they are clearly rattled by the ‘Love Music Hate Racism’ event coinciding with his gig in Manchester on July 8th, this is the best turn of events ever #VivaLove pic.twitter.com/WuHV2mxbK6
— Dave Haslam (@Mr_Dave_Haslam) June 29, 2018
The post also claims it’s a publicity stunt, ‘He is simply using the situation to gain some much needed attention to himself. Apparently his golden years have not been kind. If he really wanted to make a political statement he would make one about the politicians. But no, that is not what he wants here. He is using this platform for his own agenda. At the end of the day, bullshit is still bullshit.’
The protests will coincide with Morrissey’s shows at the Castlefield Bowl on 7 & 8 July.
Fantastic initiative from Dave Haslam @Mr_Dave_Haslam https://t.co/xAIOpDtQTB@AntiRacismDay @LMHRManchester @lmhrnational @SUTRMCR All proceeds to #LMHR
— Ameen Hadi (@Undefeated66) June 23, 2018
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