We brought you the news yesterday that Morrissey expressed his disatisfaction with the Simpsons sending up the Smiths.
In the episode “Panic On The Streets of Springfield”, Lisa Simpson gets an imaginary friend Quilloughby. He was a depressed Indie Rock singer from 1980s Britain. He was voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Quilloughby is the lead singer for the Snuffs, with Lisa falling for “their brand of literate sardonic music”. She also falls Quilloughby’s “militant vegetarianism”. However, when Lisa attends a Snuffs concert, she discovers Quilloughby has aged into an overweight, meat eating racist.
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— Billy Edwards (@biiilyedwards) April 19, 2021
Episode “A taunting lawsuit” – Morrissey
Having been heavily criticised by his manager Peter Katsis, Morrissey continued to hit out at the Simpsons episode.
Writing via his own Morrissey Central Website, the singer released this statement.
“The hatred shown towards me from the creators of The Simpsons is obviously a taunting lawsuit, but one that requires more funding than I could possibly muster in order to make a challenge”.
Morrisey continued, “Neither do I have a determined business squad of legal practitioners ready to pounce. I think this is generally understood and is the reason why I am so carelessly and noisily attacked”.
“You are especially despised if your music affects people in a strong and beautiful way, since music is no longer required to. In fact, the worst thing you can do in 2021 is to lend a bit of strength to the lives of others”.
The singer also had his say on the state of modern music. He insisted there is “no place… for anyone with strong emotions” and how “limitations have been placed on art, and no label will sign an artist who might answer back”.
Morrissey was also dropped from his record label BMG Records last November. At the time, he called it “perfectly in keeping with the relentless galvanic horror of 2020,”. More on that story from Nova here.