“Iron? No. Barbaric? Yes. She hated feminists even though it was largely due to the progression of the women’s movement that the British people allowed themselves to accept that a prime minister could actually be female. But because of Thatcher, there will never again be another woman in power in British politics, and rather than opening that particular door for other women, she closed it.”
–What I wouldn’t give to have a direct line to Morrissey like The Daily Beast must. I’d love to just call Morrissey up and be like, “So what do you think of the latest episode of ‘Louie’?” (“Charged by negativity.”) Or, “What’s your take on pop tarts?” (“A terror without an atom of humanity.”) Today, The Daily Beast published Morrissey’s thoughts on the passing of Margaret Thatcher. (Analysis: He’s dancing on her grave.) I mean, this is the guy who wrote “Margaret On The Guillotine” about the late British Prime Minister. Sample lyric: “The kind people / Have a wonderful dream / Margaret on the guillotine / When will you die?” His whole screed is worth a read, if only for its succinct analysis of all that was wrong with Thatcher and her record of political and social injustices. Though there will certainly be those for whom such remarks have come too soon. [The Daily Beast]
Morrissey: In with a bang, out with a whimper. The Boy With The Thorn In His Side has had to cancel the remaining dates on his North American tour, thanks to persistent health problems. According to his publicist, Mozzer is suffering from “double pneumonia, a bleeding ulcer and a gastrointestinal problem called Barrett’s esophagus.”
What is Barrett’s esophagus? It’s an abnormal change in the cells of the lower esophagus that can cause heartburn, trouble swallowing, vomiting, pain and weight loss. Ouch. Concert-goers can get show refunds at individual venues.
In all seriousness, we hope Moz feels better soon! [Reuters]
In a busy Morrissey-filled week, sometimes important Morrissey Watch news items slip through the cracks. Like Morrissey’s burgeoning feud with David Bowie. It seems Bowie wasn’t too keen on Mozzer using a previously unreleased photograph of the two of them for the cover of the reissue of “Last of the International Playboys.” We’re sure Morrissey is writing a passel of scathing songs about it, and in the meantime, The Boy With A Thorn In His Side created an alternative album cover. This one features Moz-sticks posing with unlikely friend Rick Astley. May the never gonna give up each other’s deep affection. [Pitchfork]
Oh Morrissey! He’s had such a busy weekend! On Friday, “The Boy With a Thorn In His Side” took to the stage at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and took Beyonce to task for purchasing bags made out of rhinoceros. Beyonce’s choice of bags, claimed Moz, are responsible for the extinction of the rhinoceros. Mmkay!
Another complete Morrissey mindfuck? His Friday show was introduced by Patrick “McDreamy” Dempsey. Because, yes, totally — friends that coif together, stay together.
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“War, I thought, was the most negative aspect of male heterosexuality. If more men were homosexual, there would be no wars, because homosexual men would never kill other men, whereas heterosexual men love killing other men. They even get medals for it. Women don’t go to war to kill other women. Wars and armies and nuclear weapons are essentially heterosexual hobbies.”
– Man, Morrissey isjust on a roll, isn’t he? Today, Morrissey explains that it’s the straight man who’s causing all the problems, basically giving gays and women a pass for their terrible behavior. I guess he forgot about Margaret Thatcher? Anyway, a thousand gladiolas to you. [Pitchfork]
“Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, February 26. However, he cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if ‘Duck Dynasty’ were removed.”
–Morrissey on why you won’t be seeing him on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The staunch vegetarian refused to do the show after learning that members of the cast of “Duck Dynasty” would also be on the episode. “Duck Dynasty,” if you hadn’t guessed, is a show about a family that makes duck calls for duck hunters. God bless your crazy vegetarian ass, Morrissey. [Morrissey Official]
“Reports that the Staples Center will not be 100% vegetarian on March 1st are playfully untrue. Contractually, all McDonalds vendors shall be closed down, and the only thing burning shall be my heart.”
–Morrissey, who loves ruining it for others, is demanding that Los Angeles’ Staples Center venue be meat-free for his March concert. You know, the more we ignore him, the closer he gets … to being a perpetually bratty teen hoping to piss off his conservative parents. Shine on you crazy vegetarian diamond. [BlackBook]
On the right is a picture of Daniel Day-Lewis at the premiere of his new movie “Lincoln.” On the right is a picture of British mope-singer Morrissey. We love them both and appreciate that they seem to be aging into the same person. [Photos: Getty]
The British singer Morrissey is a notoriously ornery guy — and we love him for it. On last night’s episode of “The Colbert Report,” Morrissey and Stephen Colbert went head to head over Morrissey’s strict vegetarian stance and his total distaste for the British royal family. God love Morrissey: he’s like the oldest teenager in the world.
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Never one to keep his opinions himself, singer Morrissey held up a sign proclaiming “Anti-Royal” during a concert in Istanbul, Turkey. Moz has been a vocal critic of the British monarchy and has also had some choice words for his fellow famous Brits who’ve accepted knighthoods from Queen Elizabeth. Agree or disagree, the dude is the real deal. [Photo: WENN]