Morrissey

For most of us, the Olympics are a pretty fun event, heartbreaking Mckayla Maroney vault fuckup or no. People trying really hard at sporting events! And sometimes succeeding! Multiple triumphs of human spirit everyday! Teamwork! Camaraderie! A Queen Elizabeth stunt double jumping out of a helicopter! There’s just a lot to like. Morrissey, however, doesn’t see it this way. In a recent post on his website, in which he starts out enthusing about recent touring triumphs, Moz quickly turns his attention to the London festivities, and things get dark:

And, yet! I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. 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. As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters. Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the “dazzling royals”, laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought.

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.

(via Morrissey’s website)

1939 Germany! He took it there! Say this for Morrissey: He’s definitely writing his own website updates.

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Comments (46)
  1. yeah well obviously he hasn’t watched women’s volleyball.

  2. Hey! Guys! Hey! I’m Morrissey! Look over here! Pay attention! I’m Morrissey! The Queen’s a twat! Controversial! I hate the olympics and David Beckam’s a moron! Relevant! Just PAY ATTENTION TO ME FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!

    • I’ll always pay attention to Morrissey. Even if what he says is sometimes nonsensical, it’s eloquently nonsensical (and usually amusing). And it’s not like he’s releasing these statements straight to music news outlets–just to a fan site. Far from a cry for attention.

    • “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…” No Moz, that was written because people are starving in Greece, jingo.

      • You know who wouldn’t bash the Olympics? Stuart Murdoch

        • People are also struggling and starving in this country…just because you are in a good place….comments in here just reaffirm what he is talking about. I am not saying I do not think he is being a bit over the top but at the same time I can see what he means; as someone that has lived in different countries I agree with him that Patriotism here goes almost too far. The coverage of the Olympics by the BBC is a good example, it is all and exclusively about team GB, to the point it is more relevant if Britain gets a bronze medal than if another country gets a gold.

  3. I find this far too funny to actually be angry about it. Ah Morrissey you giant twat.

  4. as if he cares for women;)

  5. I think the this could easily be valid if the title of this article were “Morrissey Not an Anything Fan”.

  6. I’m starting to feel really good about my decision to move to the English countryside.

  7. He’s such a churlish twit.

  8. “…because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain…”

    Ugh, shut up.

  9. He should write a song about how he doesn’t like the Olympics and give it a long, quippy title.

  10. All of the previous comments just reinforce his point. It’s unfortunate, but he’s right on this one.

  11. seriously, though. the royals do suck.

    • You got 3 thumbs down for saying that, see Morrissey is right when he says “no oppositional voice is allowed”. Just on that account I will give you a thumb up lol

  12. I have to agree with jro5. Germany in 1939 is a perfect metaphor: Hitler built giant stadiums for the Olympics in 1936. Britain builds giant stadiums for the Olympics in 2012. DUH! HELLO? OBVIOUS ENOUGH YET?

  13. His whining is much better when he sings.

  14. He has such a punchable face.

  15. Are you people new to Morrissey? The man has opinions and they’re never pleasant.

    But he would’ve been better off drawing a stronger parallel to Greece and making note of the fact that the Olympics tends to bankrupt almost every city that hosts it. It’s a fucking sad excuse for pomp and circumstance that it is rife with corruption. Look up how Salt Lake City lost out to Nagano, and then look up what they did to host the winter Olympics after that. Also the tendency of host cities to make their homeless populations “disappear” during the games. Seriously though, fuck the Olympics.

    • Thank science, someone with some sense.

    • People should start accepting that if you have individuality you have an opinion. The comments in here are interesting in the sense that they have been proving how if you have an opinion that differs from the majority you are insulted and get thumbs down, which kind of is the point he is making. He clearly sparkled a debate on this, and debate is a healthy cultural exercise, no matter if you agree or not with him. How sad these people that are all like “oh my god you cannot not like the Olympics or the Royals, who are you, some kind of freak?”, and they feel shocked and personally insulted. It is all quite laughable really. Funny how society is a brainwashing mechanism, and it is so effective that people do not even realise they are being brainwashed to not have opinions that differ from the majority, hey people want to fit right?!

    • The 1996 Olympics helped Atlanta become an international business hub, and the city became far more multi-cultural after that point. Whenever you speak with anyone who worked in any service industry in the city during that time, their eyes light up as they talk about the halcyon days of everyone having jobs and being showered with money. After the Olympics passed, new companies set up their headquarters there, which meant more jobs. I have a really hard time believing that the Olympics are this awful thing that’s going to ruin cities. Considering that Atlanta was hardly prepared to take on the the sudden masses before they arrived, it seems like a city would have to be a complete fuckup to screw up such an opportunity.

  16. “Life is very long, when you’re lonely”

  17. Reductio ad Hitlerum – Good job MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOZ.

  18. he’s got a lot of beefs, ol’ morrissey. i’m surprised he still bothers getting up in the morning.

  19. What a fucking surprise

  20. Wait, did Moz go straight to Godwin’s Law? Unprovoked, with no one calling him a fag or other things that happen on youtube comments?

  21. I guess you guys aren’t follow the european bank crisis

  22. I’m pretty sure that’s not what “empirical” means…

  23. “The more you ignore me, the twattier I get…you’re wasting your time…”

    But joking aside, a lot of what he’s saying is pretty accurate. Is the solution for London not to host the Olympics or to host them but to show the world al the problems they’re having during it? Probably not. The plan may be best sticking with the illusion that all is good, and to hope that the inspiration of friendly competition amongst countries of the world, the accomplishments of hard working athletes, the pomp and all that, will drum up some positive tourism and consumer behavior.

  24. this article is worthy of the NME front page!

  25. Why hasn’t this idiot not died of a drug overdose or bus accident yet? I pray that day comes soon.

  26. that qoute was such a bona drag,

    when he talks he is not a charming man

    please please pleaselet me get what i want this time(and that is for morissey to stop talking)

    irish blood, english heart, stupid mouth

    i’ll be here all week.

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