Morrissey's Most Outrageous Quotes Ever

After a series of recent controversial behaviors, including 'rickrolling' David Bowie, it's time we run through Morrissey's most outrageous quotes in the past 30 years.

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With over a three decades long career, Morrissey sure had his share of controversy. After recently calling for Paul McCartney to return his Knighthood and blaming Beyonce for the extinction of rhinos, the vocalist even pulled a "rickroll" on David Bowie by replacing him with Rick Astley on the cover of his forthcoming single.

Apart from his globally renowned extreme vegetarian stands, the singer is also known for his hatred of the British royal family and randomly bashing at almost anything and anyone for the past 30 years.

So with the current increase of provocative statements, it seems like a good time to look back in retrospective and remember some of the singer's most notorious stands. Animal rights, royal family, Elton John's head and Lady Gaga, it's all there. Check out Rolling Stone's pick of Morrissey's 15 most outrageous quotes below.

2013: Morrissey refers to David and Victoria Beckham as "The Peckhams", describes them as "insufferable" and says they should be "dragged to the edge of the village and flogged."

2012: Morrissey links the suicide of a London nurse to the Duchess Kate Middleton. "There's no blame placed at Kate Middleton, who was in the hospital for, as far as I can see, absolutely no reason... She feels no shame about the death of this woman. The arrogance of the British royals is staggering, absolutely staggering."

2012: Morrissey has his band wear "We Hate William and Kate" shirts onstage.

2012: In an open letter to his fan club, Morrissey rips into the "blustering jingoism" of the London Olympics, comparing the mood in the U.K. to Nazi Germany. "The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hijacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press... The spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain."

2011: In an interview with Billboard, Morrissey calls Lady Gaga "nothing new" and says her style is "fraudulent, and the exact opposite of erotic." He also refers to Madonna as "McDonna" and says Michael Bublé is "famous and meaningless."

2011: Of the Norway massacre in which 77 people died, Morrissey heralds to a Warsaw crowd, "That is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried sh-t every day."

2010: Discussing animal cruelty in China, Morrissey tells The Guardian, "You can't help but feel that the Chinese people are a subspecies."

2009: Morrissey leaves the stage at Coachella, explaining "The smell of burning animals is making me sick. I can smell burning flesh... And I hope to God it's human."

2002: From documentary "The Importance Of Being Morrissey": "Bring me the head of Elton John... Which is one instance in which meat would not be murder, if it were served on a plate."

1997: Morrissey bashes Madonna again. "Madonna reinforces everything absurd and offensive. Desperate womanhood. Madonna is closer to organized prostitution than anything else."

1994: When asked about an incident in which an Australian student shot a starting pistol at the Prince of Wales, Morrissey responds, "I wish that Prince Charles had been shot. I think it would have made the world a more interesting place."

1992: Morrissey knocks dance music. "It's the refuge for the mentally deficient. It's made by dull people for dull people."

1985: Morrissey slams the charity group Band Aid and its co-founder. "Bob Geldof is a nauseating character. Band Aid was the most self-righteous platform ever in the history of popular music."

1984: Morrissey blasts The Cure. "Robert Smith is a whingebag."

1984: Morrissey laments the failed assassination attempt on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher after the Brighton hotel bombing. "The sorrow of the IRA Brighton bombing is that Thatcher escaped unscathed."

Now that's a lot of controversy. Which of these quotes stand out the most for you? And do you 'prefer' the old ones, or some of his latest outbursts? Let us know in the comments section below.

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    Love Morrissey. Everyone always rips him as a whiner and all that, but how about some respect for the fact that the man has the balls to say what he really thinks? I may not agree with all of his views, but I can definitely respect them and see where he's coming from. And at the very least, he's completely correct about that royal family. They hold no political power, they are simply revered and bowed down to because of their social status and wealth. If people want to be annoyed at someone, how about any Brit who actually shows respect for a useless pseudo monarchy?
    Oh yeah, I have a huge amount of respect for the homless man down the road that screams that the aliens are coming for him. What a trooper. Morrissey is deluded and hypocritical. Our queen has final say on all bills and laws passed. "They hold no political power, they are simply revered and bowed down to because of their social status and wealth" Much like the Kardashians.
    Not sure why you are mentioning the Kardashians, I don't think I ever defended them? Anyway, the Queen is the titular head of the Church of England, and a definite separation of church and state is maintained. And Morrissey's rants are at least based in some kind of sensible argument and thought, so no they are not comparable with a homeless man who is insane and doesn't know what he's talking about. You are another moron bowing down to an old English fart for no reason. Someone who expects reverence and for people to kiss her ass for absolutely no reason other than her status should be questioned and not just blindly followed.
    I actually think we need to abolish our Monarchy... Morrisey seems to pick and choose what life he deems deserving of life. Cows and animals should never be harmed yet he wants. He hopes the smell of burning flesh is human.. what a hypocritaical ****. I never defended the our queen the same way you did not defend the Kardashians, my point is the a specific group "bowing" to a figure head does not mean that the whole group follows them. Morriseys rants are childish drivel. He doesn't know what he's talking about. Do you actually know how are Royal family has supported this country? I don't want to assume you haven't fought in any wars, you amy have, but a large colelction of our monarchy have done. TL;DR: Morrisey has never made sensible argument in his life.
    Ok, then by that logic, every single military person should receive the same amount of reverence as the ridiculous royal family. The fact that "some' of them have served in the military is irrelevant. You can still be a soldier AND an *****. I agree Morrissey sometimes goes way overboard and tends to generalize, however, just because I don't agree with the extremity to which he takes things, it doesn't mean I can't recognize the truth in a some of his arguments. The man has made amazing music as well. He's passionate about certain issues, sometimes to a fault. I just think he deserves more respect for his willingness to take a stance that isn't necessarily very popular, rather than simply dismissing him as a mad man.
    Yeah, a lot of these statements are incredibly stupid, but it's obvious that UG are just posting this to create drama, just as usual.
    This is hilarious, why are you guys making fun of him? He's one of music's best comedians!lol sorry vegan
    Don't like his music but I'm certainly not offended. Fuck Madonna, **** the Royals, **** people who abuse animals... And apparently he really doesn't like Elton John I guess. Whatever, doesn't bother me.
    I totally love the Smiths, but Morrissey's a douche. "[Dance music is] the refuge for the mentally deficient. It's made by dull people for dull people." Except for this quote. this made my day.
    Morrissey - Without doubt one of the biggest wankers the world has ever known. If he was on fire I would pour petrol on him - c**t.
    He makes some good points, but until he invents something that's finger-lickin' good, he should keep his damn mouth shut about my precious KFC.
    'McDonna' was brilliant, c'mon. And I think he once referred to Paul McCartney as 'Pull McCartload'.
    I have just never been able to take this guy seriously. I hate him as a person too much to even allow myself to like his music.
    before I saw the draft which was of $9330, I be certain mom in-law was really taking home money part time at their laptop.. there friend brother haz done this less than twentey months and resantly repayed the dept on there cottage and bourt Dodge. read more at,
    I like the one about 2011 Norway massacre. Both Mc Shit and Kentucky Fried Cruelty need to be shut. If not for animals, for public health for sure.