Three Reasons to Hate Morrissey (and Four Reasons We Still Love Him Anyway)

By now, everyone's heard that dear old Moz called the entire population of China a subspecies in a recent interview with the Guardian. "Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies," he said. Oh, Moz. When you put your foot in your mouth and say "the Chinese are a subspecies," it makes us want to hate you, even though we really, really love you.

A look at various interviews Morrissey's done through the years reveal three other reasons to hate the self-deprecating geezer--and three other reasons we'll always ultimately forgive him for his perennial foot-in-mouth disease.

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1.  He told NME in 2007 that he's against immigrants:
"Although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears. So the price is enormous. If you travel to Germany, it's still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity. But travel to England and you have no idea where you are."
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2. He was mean to Madonna!

While performing at a PETA benefit show in Norfolk, Virginia, July 9, singer Morrissey dissed Madonna by saying, "I wouldn't be surprised if she made that African boy she adopted into and a coat and wore him for 15 minutes, then threw it away."
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3. He told Melody Maker in 1986 that he detests contemporary black music:
"But, ultimately, I don't have very cast iron opinions on black music other than black modern music which I detest. I detest Stevie Wonder. I think Diana Ross is awful. I hate all those records in the Top 40 - Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston. I think they're vile in the extreme. In essence this music doesn't say anything whatsoever."

That said, it's not like Morrissey's haterade is limited to other people--he's also  mastered turning self pity into art: "I see myself rather like an old discarded dishrag," he told Select in 1994. This is why, despite the fact that he's mega-nega, we can name three reasons to still love him.

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1. He practically invented irony. As he told Details in 1992:
"I have a grand and endless capacity to find myself slightly ridiculous. I'm not pretending to be some wallowing prophet, for heaven's sake. I think we all have to sit down and look in the mirror and think, What is that absurd monstrosity?"

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2. Moz is afflicted with miserableness (or, at the very least, the opposite of joie de vivre). And how can you hate someone like that?
As told to Q magazine in 1995:
"I never enjoyed life in my twenties, not one minute of it. It was a test of endurance that I'm surprised I survived. Professionally, of course, I was doing very well but personally it couldn't have been worse or more difficult for me if I'd been living in a mud hut in Leeds."

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3. Unlike the rest of the human race, he shuns the need for love:
Morrissey told Nick Kent in the Face in 1990: "I don't have relationships at all. It's out of the question...Partly because I was always attracted to men or women who were never attracted to me. And I was never attracted to women or men who were attracted to me. So that's the problem. I've never met the right person."

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oliver
oliver

why does he get away with it cause he's being ironic? its so annoying its typical indie tactics. hide behind a veil of irony what a loser  

Nadavu
Nadavu

I agree that immigration is ruining the identity of the recipient country, but it's definitely not limited to England. Germany and Sweden are probably at the top of the list of countries who's European identity has been diminished due to wild, unsupervised immigration. But it's funny to hear it from an Irish immigrant, that's all.

eh
eh

england is one of the biggest imperialist countries out there. why the fuck shouldn't the people they conquer try for a better life after england stripped their countries of natural resources and in house proprietors. people shouldnt ask him questions

dave
dave

As a famous rapper once said "I'm like a head trip to listen to, cause I'm only givin youthings you joke about with your friends inside your living roomThe only difference is I got the balls to say itin front of y'all and I don't gotta be false or sugarcoated at allI just get on the mic and spit it."

Yes, our dear eminem has a point. everybody thinks these things, makes jokes, they just don't do it in the press. usually because they don't have any real opinions of their own, just quoting what was written in the last trendy magazine they read.

Morrissey is your one and true saviour. the sooner you faux liberals realise this, the better.

sal
sal

This is nothing new. Bengali in Platforms...Nuff said

Joe D
Joe D

Yet he loves Mexicans...

Joe
Joe

If he dies, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't give a shit...

Mike
Mike

Reason to love Morrissey #5: He speaks from his heart. He doesn't bullshit things like every other celebrity, whatevers on his mind, he says it. VIVA MORRISSEY!

RobE
RobE

So basically Morrissey has National Front sympathies, it appears. And people jump down Ted Nugent's throat (as they should, btw; Ted is a troglodyte) while this twat is spared the usual brickbats other tools like him get from hipsters?

I wonder what he thinks of Sarah Palin. Probably has a poster of her in his bedroom since he is a pathetic racist whiner like she is.

John
John

so OCWEEKLY promotes the removal of the indigenous Anglo-Saxon identity from England in favor of muslim filth that could never beat them in battle. ..You're not aloneso does the English government. Burn in hell Rothchild's.

googoo
googoo

All of the reasons you gave (even the ones that are supposed to make me hate him) make me love him all the more.

20ftJesus
20ftJesus

"But travel to England and you have no idea where you are."==============================================Not true. I look at their teeth and know instantly where I am.

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