Morrissey posted a scathing letter on fan site True To You Friday (Aug. 3) slamming the London Olympics and inferring it was like Nazi Germany in London right now.
The former Smiths lead singer took no prisoners in chastising the ongoing London Olympics, saying he was "unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism" throughout the event.
"Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism?"
he wrote. "The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. It is lethal to witness. As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters. Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the 'dazzling royals', laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought."
But Morrissey went a step further, comparing the current situation with 1939 era Nazi Germany.
"As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall," he wrote. "In large blue letters it said Wake Up Wake Up. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. Wake Up Wake Up."
The post is the latest in a string of such barbs directed at the British royal family and their lifestyle. In April, 2011 Morrissey called the wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton a "royal dreading". "England may very well be a Windsor dictatorship, but - PR Weddings aside, it is usually quite bearable," he said. Earlier this year Morrissey's band sported "We Hate William and Kate" t-shirts while in concert.
The musician - who described 2012 as "the most successful of my touring life" - also included a top ten list of his favorite gigs this summer on tour before mentioning upcoming North American dates. "To continue to do so well, and to continue to mean something to so many people, brings a gratitude that I will never tire of repeating."
Morrissey also thanked the city of Tel-Aviv who presented him with a key to the city. "I just might die with a smile on my face, after all," he said. A YouTube clip shows the singer receiving (and dropping) the key in a ceremony. During a concert in Tel-Aviv - also posted on YouTube he said he received the honor, adding there would be "some changes made." "No more KFC, no more McDonald's but most importantly of all, no more Madonna."
The singer begins an extensive U.S. tour in October which concludes in early December. Iggy and The Stooges will be on the bill for the Nov. 24 gig at the Staples Center Arena in Los Angeles. The singer released his last studio album Years of Refusal in 2009.
Thanks to Spinner for the report.