Be straight with me: Is Morrissey okay? Like, is there some method to his madness? Is he just having a laugh here? Is he getting back at us for repeatedly inquiring about the possibility of a Smiths reunion even though he’s made it perfectly clear that’s not happening? Because I’m starting to wonder about the frequency and content of his cultural contributions these days! Claire thinks he should do a song with Kanye, and frankly, that may be the only thing that even makes sense at this point. What now, you ask? More like, what not now. But more specifically: The Hollywood Reporter has published an interview with Moz, which included the following exchange:

The Hollywood Reporter: Why do you think Staples agreed to go vegetarian for you and not Paul McCartney?

Morrissey: I was amused to hear that Sir Paul McCartload was very angry that Staples had said yes to me but no to him, when really, he should be happy for any victory on behalf of the animals. I know he works tirelessly for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA], but he also loves the British royals, whose treatment of animals is abysmal. The Queen herself wears enough fur to blanket most of Russia. He also once sang “Give Ireland back to the Irish,” which was directed at the Queen. Well, she refused, and she still refuses, yet Sir Paul gives her the thumbs up! If he cared passionately about animals, he’d return his knighthood. He doesn’t need the Queen’s approval. He’s given more pleasure to people worldwide than she could ever dream of.

I mean, that’s a bit of a rant! Especially considering Macca is basically on Morrissey’s side in the animal-rights department, which is what all this is about, is it not? I dunno. I don’t really understand how the monarchy works. But that’s not even the point! The point is this: The question asked was, Why do you think Staples agreed to go vegetarian for you and not Paul McCartney? Which, (A) Morrissey never even sort of answered or in fact addressed that question; (B) when did it come out the McCartney was “very angry” about the Staples Center’s agreement to go vegetarian for Morrissey?; and (C) when did the Staples Center agree to go vegetarian for Morrissey? (And I don’t even like McCartney!) I guess the question was inherently flawed because it was based on some bad intel but still. Yeesh.

Moz is perhaps redeemed somewhat by his answer to the interviewer’s closing question, “Is there anything else you think the readers of The Hollywood Reporter should know?”

Morrissey: I’d like people to be aware of the pangs of childbirth, and that every male is not necessarily a man. But perhaps these are topics for another time.

Indeed! Tomorrow, perhaps?

Comments (46)
  1. Watch out, Stereogum, you’ll soon incur the wrath of Morrissey for consistently including him in a feature with the word “Beef” in the title.

  2. Woah woah woah… Mr. Nelson, you don’t like Paul McCartney?! He had the best post-Beatles solo career!

    • That’s debatable (although it’s a debate I won’t partake in!), but I absolutely do like his music, both with and post-Beatles. He just seems a little smarmy to me sometimes. I wasn’t trying to denigrate his music, honestly, just stressing that my dubious reaction comes as a result of what Morrissey is saying, not the person he’s saying it about.

    • Are you insane!?! Lennon’s solo stuff is sublime, as is George Harrison’s. I’m not knocking Paul McCartney, as I do like Wings and all, but IMO it’s not quite as poignant as John Lennon.

  3. Dude just needs a reputable label to put out his new album. That’s my personal feeling. He’s been circling around the late night and touring circuit for the past two years with new material, but no one has signed him. I think this is just his way of hoping all of this publicity will drum up interest from labels to show them that people are interested in what he’s saying, so therefore he’s marketable (even though he’s burning bridges left and right in the industry this past week…)

  4. I think its kinda dumb to request a venue to become meat free. As long as there is no meat in his dressing room or in catering he should just shut the fuck up and play.

  5. In the words of Sparks, “Lighten Up, Morrissey.”

  6. Kanye East is at it again

  7. I’m going to kill so many animals if Morrisey keeps up his shit.

  8. Meat is Murder…..tasty tasty murder

  9. The next Morrissey story I see better be “Stereogum Editors Vow to Never Mention Morrissey Again Unless He Actually Does Something of Merit” or I’m just done with this place. But hey, gotta sell them adspaces.

    • this is almost like ESPN and Tim Tebow haha.

      • Except Tebow was just doing his job and people decided to pay attention (for reasons that are still beyond me as there was, and is, certainly more important things to focus on). Morrissey, on the other hand, keeps going out of his way to hate on pretty much everything any time he’s given the opportunity to be quoted. I actually think he has some valid points, but he makes it REALLY HARD to care when he just seems so bitter and hateful all the time.

    • You know what, fuck it: I’m going to Videogum.

  10. I understand the necessity to phrase headlines to grab attention, but I don’t really feel like he “rips McCartney” here. He says he’s given the world a lot of happiness, and he acknowledges his PETA thing and his vegetarianism.

    There’s a little bit of an attack being made, though, which I can only say seems kind of pointless, going after someone not for what they do but for doing it less militantly than Morrissey himself does.

    And basically fuck anyone who attacks a guy who got a weird track like Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey to #1.

  11. This has been the best week ever.

  12. this guy is an idiot

  13. “I’d like people to be aware of the pangs of childbirth, and that every male is not necessarily a man. But perhaps these are topics for another time.” ‘Gum you left out the rest of the quote, “And just generally that I’m more enlightened and committed to my beliefs than posers like “sir” Paul, but, you know, another time another place perhaps. Cheerio!”

  14. Every time I try to really dig this guy as something more than “the dude who used to sing for The Smiths” he gets all assholeish again. He makes it very difficult to care about his complaints when there are so damn many of them.

  15. Why did I read Ribs instead of Rips?

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    • derivative

    • and seriously, ban this idiot ( filthydubber) He’s a stupid troll, yes, but its the type of trolling where misogyny, homophobia and things of that sort cross over into just plain pathetic attention whoredom, as well as being offensive in principle, even though this idot’s intentions is to provoke downvotes. Corky Anderson at the very least was just annoying, not degrading for attention’s sake, like this poor mans rubberjohnny knockoff.

  17. dude, just read that duck dynasty just had a record breaking viewing audience the day following the whole dispute. hilarious. money in duck dynasty’s pocket

  18. i’m starting a campaign where every time Morrissey throws one of these bitch fits, we all go out and purposely eat a cheeseburger we normally would not have.

    Your move Moz.

  19. I think Morrissey needs his own reality show. His antics this week alone were amusing.

  20. Moz needs to get laid or something. Oh, wait………

  21. Morrissey? more like Borrissey.

    • I’ll just take this moment to admit that while I appreciate many classic bands that paved the way for today’s indie bands, I have never gotten what is so awesome about Morrissey or the Smiths.

      • I’d say its more of the combo of Morrissey and Marr. Separately, they’re really hit or miss. Listen to The Queen Is Dead album if you haven’t already.

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    • I should have linked back to this in the post, but yeah, the Staples Center has released two statements now saying there are no plans or agreements to go vegetarian for Morrissey. (Moz claims otherwise.) We’ll find out for sure tonight, I guess. But there’s also been no public report or rumor that McCartney was angry about this agreement/lack thereof. (Maybe Morrissey heard through friends? That McCartney was angry? About an agreement that was never made?) Finally his answer to the question is just disingenuous — they asked, why did the Staples Center agree to do this for you and not McCartney? His reply evades the question altogether, letting one self-created rumor stand (the one about the agreement between him and the venue) while starting another (the one about McCartney being angry) that relies on the veracity of the first rumor to have any substance itself. I have no problem with him slamming McCartney, the monarchy, etc. — in fact, I love it! — but as it’s presented here, it seems a little paranoid, if not manipulative.

      • This leads to several questions: Why does Morrissey think that Staples Center is going vegetarian? Did they lie to him, or did he manufacture the whole thing in his head? As for the thing about McCartney being angry, I would assume that Morrissey heard from somebody that he was annoyed. Or else we have another thing that Moz possibly made up. Has Morrissey become completely delusional?

        I don’t think that Morrissey is a stupid person, and I assume that he believes the Staples Center is going completely vegetarian for him because that is what he was told. I assume the same about the McCartney thing. If he has reason to believe both of these things to be true, I don’t think his statements are out of line at all.

    • I think it’s more of a “shut the fuck up already you insufferable prick” reaction than a “he is completely wrong about everything he is saying” reaction.

      People mostly check the site for music news, not manufactured drama some 50 year old is developing because he no longer can write a decent song or complete a tour without cancelling dates and then whining about it.

      People are growing tired of his self promoting rants, and nobody wants to hear him talk about how great he is or how dedicated he is to his principles.

  23. You don’t like Paul McCartney? Be straight with me: are YOU okay?

  24. Ohhhhh so a lot of fame and money doesn’t instantly make you 100% instantly sane?! That is ODD!

  25. I believe its time for my veal and foie gras Double-Down. Anyone care to join me?

  26. “And I don’t even like McCartney!”

    I beg your pardon? What are you?

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