Morrissey Slams London Olympics

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.

Morrissey Slams London Olympics
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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.

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    Carl6661
    Dear Morrissey, No one gives a rats arse what you think. Yours sincerely, Man-kind.
    purplexing
    In other words, "why didn't they include me in the opening ceremony" whine, whine, whine. Patriotism =/= nationalism.
    Sonny_sam
    arnolddrummer wrote: I hate the biased scoring! anyone else watch the boxing yesterday? complete utter bs. It should be Canada and France with wins!
    And let me guess, you're French-Canadian?
    burndttoast
    If your country is hosting the Olympics, I think it's inferred that that country will want to show you they're hot sh[b]i [/b]t. Whining for the sake of whining.
    slapsymcdougal
    rob904 wrote: I'm not sure if he knows what empirical means
    On the same note, he also misspelled 'pygmy'.
    RichieJovie
    He can't sing and he talks utter toilet. Lets not mention his racism, is there any redeeming part of this oaf?
    llBlackenedll
    I'm sure Morrissey spends his evenings in the Morrissey layer reading his controv-ometer to plan his next course of public annoyance.
    NickZimmer
    I'll probably get downvoted for it, but I love the Smiths, and I like Morrissey's solo work. His political activism is hard to take seriously because of stuff like this. He supports a great deal of good causes, such as treating animals well, but in typical-Morrissey fashion, he goes overboard, endorsing groups like PETA. Do I think he's racist? Hmmm, no. He just takes himself way too seriously, and in his self-righteous anger goes around saying inflammatory things. He's definitely got an ego, but he's not a bigot.
    spiff-corgi
    Mack888 wrote: Fuckin' deal with it you sad old bastard. You don't like it? Piss right off! Why is this ***** trash talking the Olympics, Royals etc. when there's someone like Randy Blythe, who's got a shitstorm coming his way and can still be a man about it? Because Morrissey is havin such a shit year eh?
    The thing that pisses me off is that if Morissey hates Britain so much he can just go live somewhere else. He's rich enough. He never has a single good thing to say about it, yet won't piss off to another country and leave us alone.
    Phoenix V
    An old vocalist who spouts his political views. What does this even remotely have to do with guitars, or any stringed instrument? Slow news day obviously
    arnolddrummer
    I am from Canada yes, but I also know a thing or two about boxing and I do not think that a boxer should get points for standing still for one and a half rounds.
    Sir Daniel
    spiff-corgi wrote: Mack888 wrote: Fuckin' deal with it you sad old bastard. You don't like it? Piss right off! Why is this ***** trash talking the Olympics, Royals etc. when there's someone like Randy Blythe, who's got a shitstorm coming his way and can still be a man about it? Because Morrissey is havin such a shit year eh? The thing that pisses me off is that if Morissey hates Britain so much he can just go live somewhere else. He's rich enough. He never has a single good thing to say about it, yet won't piss off to another country and leave us alone.
    Pretty sure he lived in LA for the best parts of the nineties and noughties. Morrissey is just a master troll desperately trying to cling to the limelight. I absolutely adore most of his music and I would kill to see The Smiths together again, regardless of his ridiculously belligerent attacks on pretty much anything. I try to treat him like a racist old grandparent - listen to his crazy ideas, laugh heartily and happily reminisce about the exploits of his youth.
    Wppa
    Yeah I know right. Totally like Nazi Germany. I mean remember when England took away the rights of Jews? Or when England took people they didn't like and put them in these camps where they were either killed or used for slave labor? Oh wait, that never happened. What this guy is saying is F*cking stupid.
    iommi600
    Did Morrissey EVER gave an interview where he didn't praised himself a lot or "slammed" someone?
    Mack888
    Fuckin' deal with it you sad old bastard. You don't like it? Piss right off! Why is this ***** trash talking the Olympics, Royals etc. when there's someone like Randy Blythe, who's got a shitstorm coming his way and can still be a man about it? Because Morrissey is havin such a shit year eh?
    arnolddrummer
    I hate the biased scoring! anyone else watch the boxing yesterday? complete utter bs. It should be Canada and France with wins!
    Samhuinn
    Morrissey has been against the British royal family his entire career. No-one can be surprised about that. If someone allows him a platform to air his thoughts, it's his full right to do so. Personally, I am a great fan, and agree with what he says. Even those who aren't, need to realise he uses his right of free speech, and doesn't harm anyone with what he says. No need to get all fired up about it.
    Vinson
    No McDonalds, No KFC, No Madonna.....Sounds like a bit of a $#!T dictatorship to me. Morrissey.....go away. UG, IGNORE THIS DOUCHE!
    TEKarma
    sadly, nothing demonstrates Morrissey's overbearing stupidity quite like comparing London to 1939 Nazi Germany. Come on! In a dictatorship like he believes he's in would he be allowed to slam the Royals, or wear those silly shirts? His hyperbole shows him off as a bit of a moron. And I like the Smiths... Go figure.
    purplexing
    Samhuinn wrote: If someone allows him a platform to air his thoughts, it's his full right to do so.
    No shit, who's stopping him? I hate that when someone says something stupid people come to their defense by saying 'they have the right to say it'. That's not even relevant.
    Phiddler
    arnolddrummer wrote: I hate the biased scoring! anyone else watch the boxing yesterday? complete utter bs. It should be Canada and France with wins!
    It is boxing, that sport is notorious for awful judging. See the Pacquiao/Bradley fight earlier this year?
    The9
    Well i hated the fact i had to wait in traffic to get to work when morriseys gay ass concert was on. Fuck you morrisey
    crazysam23_Atax
    Can we just get a permanent gag order on this guy? As in, he's court ordered to wear a gag in his mouth and prohibited from writing or typing things that are opinionated?
    btfbonzo
    Comparing London to Nazi Germany. Then praising graffiti in Greece where a neo-Nazi party just gained seats in parliament. Complete lack of knowledge of the past and the present. What an idiot.
    jrodgers
    You wanna compare this to 1939 Nazi Germany? Seriously Morrisey F*** You, F*** You, F*** You, F*** You, and most of all F*** You
    UniformRecon
    Haha, he says that his touring is going well, but down here in Texas, his tour points literally AVOID major cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin, etc. Also I can't stand this guy's voice. Fuck off.
    Eclectic Lizard
    Morrissey is so obsessed with being controversial and bitching about everything...even if he is right, the way he says it makes him come across as pretentious and snobby
    karstaag666
    Old dead band wanting more people at their shows? Slam the monarchy claiming popular reference to Nazi Germany, dictatorships and ****ed up patriotism. Then advertise your latest shows at the end. Just give up and get a normal job already and stop trying to leech s much money out of your dead career as possible.
    Aays
    First time I've seen Godwin's Law hit the story the article is based on instead of the comments on the article. Good on you, Morrissey, good on you.
    iommi600
    purplexing wrote: In other words, "why didn't they include me in the opening ceremony" whine, whine, whine. Patriotism =/= nationalism.
    Actually he was invited, but turned it down. Which makes him even more of a jackass, lol