Even though it gets a serious run for its money from “You’re the One for Me, Fatty?” and “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”, the greatest song title Morrissey ever came up with was “Bigmouth Strikes Again”.
Over a career that’s spanned four decades, the former Smiths singer has indeed proved himself more than willing to let loose in front of a tape recorder.
In the beginning it was pop culture that was often in his crosshairs, whether it was calling dance music “the refuge for the mentally deficient” or Madonna “absurd and offensive” as well as “closer to organized prostitution than anything else.”
In more recent years Moz has surfaced as one of the most inexplicably contrarian characters in the history of rock ’n’ roll, a once-left leaning vegetarian seemingly going out of his way to alienate his original fans.
There was the writing off of a 2011 gunman massacre in Norway as nothing compared to what happens at McDonald’s and Kentuck Fried Chicken each day.
There was calling the citizens of China a “subspecies” for their treatment of animals in 2010.
And there was suggesting that London, England during the 2012 Olympics looked like Nazi Germany.
Frequently, Morrissey has taken to the interweb after interviews to suggest that he’s either been misquoted or had his statements taken out of context.
Get ready for a fresh round of outrage thanks to a newly published interview with John Rigger where, among other things, Bigmouth holds forth on Adolf Hitler, the links between (quite frankly delicious) halal chicken and ISIS, and, um, rape. Highlights, if you can call them that, include such statments as:
- “The modern Loony Left seem to forget that Hitler was Left wing! But of course, we are all called racist now, and the word is actually meaningless. It’s just a way of changing the subject.”
- “Futhermore, halal slaughter requires certification that can only be given by supporters of ISIS, and yet in England we have halal meat served in hospitals and schools! UK law is pointless!”
- “If you use the term ‘humane slaughter’ then you might as well talk in terms of ‘humane rape’. People sound very stupid when they mention ‘humane slaughter’.”
It took a while, but someone has finally managed to make famous button-pushers like John Lydon and Noel Gallagher seem boring and tame.
You can read the whole interview, which also contains questions about David Bowie, the Smiths, and tabloid journalism, here.
And check out some of the considerable outrage below.