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Bigmouth strikes again: Morrissey hates Olympics, patriotism, cats



full.jpgHeaven knows Morrissey is miserable now. (You know how easy it is to work Smiths' song titles into stories about Morrissey? It's really nothing.) The former Smiths frontman, fresh from aggravating resentment toward Britain in Argentina over the spring, now is taking aim at the Olympics.

"I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event," Morrissey wrote in a message to his fan club. "Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. It is lethal to witness."

His message goes on to equate current events with Nazi Germany, which is the level most people would stop before reaching.

"As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP."

I'm all for free speech -- and the right for celebrities to be as intelligent or doltish as they wish to be when addressing fans or the press. And aside from watching Shakespeare in Love a few times, I have no formal education in British history or contemporary events. But more and more, Morrissey appears to acting just like a boy with a thorn in his side. (Sorry. Bigmouth strikes again.)

[Last modified: Monday, August 6, 2012 8:52am]


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