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.
Posted on Mar 07, 2013 12:53 pm
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.