Morrissey Managed To Disparage Robin Williams In His Richard Attenborough Obit

Even when Morrissey is trying to be perfectly innocuous, he manages to ruffle some feathers. A post on quasi-official website True To You starts off well enough, as he reminisces about the time he met the late actor, producer, and director Richard Attenborough, who starred in the 1947 film Brighton Rock that inspired the Vauxhall and I song “Now My Heart Is Full.” He goes on to mention the recent passing of Lauren Bacall, who also had an acclaimed career in film and, for some reason, decided to bring Robin Williams’ death into the discussion as well. “So sad that her death was overshadowed by that of Robin Williams,” he said in the obituary. “It was Lauren, not Robin, who changed motion picture history. Yet modern media has an odd way of forgetting the more senior servers of the arts.” Read his full statement below.

“I was thrilled beyond words to have met Richard Attenborough, who, of course, played Pinkie in Brighton Rock (1947), a central theme of my song Now my heart is full. When I met Sir Richard he was delightful, and I asked him if Brighton Rock seemed like a hundred years ago. He replied ’Oh, much more than that…’.

I also had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting the recently deceased Lauren Bacall … so beautiful, so cautious … and so sad that her death was overshadowed by that of Robin Williams. It was Lauren, not Robin, who changed motion picture history. Yet modern media has an odd way of forgetting the more senior servers of the arts. Dora Bryan, whom I knew personally in the late 80s, and who also died in recent weeks, had pitifully slim attention from the British news media, yet her talents were a treasured staple of British life throughout the 1950s, 1960s and beyond. Dora had agreed to introduce the Smiths onstage at the London Palladium in 1986, but at the last minute her agent asked for a fee which we, the Smiths, just couldn’t afford.

However, in our X-factory society, it seems that anyone who has NOT appeared on Big Brother just isn’t worth remembering by the British media … alas.”

Moz recently announced a European tour and is apparently still on the hunt for a new record label.

Comments (6)
  1. In further Morrissey news….

    This just in from Morrissey Central. Moz was quoted outside a pub in Leeds….

    “Citizen Kane is hackneyed tripe. If you want to see a true masterpiece then one should purvey
    Ernest Goes Camping. Wells is a fraud”

  2. Morrissey’s perfectly right, and he’s not badmouthing Williams. It is sad that Bacall’s death was virtually overlooked because everyone was still talking about Williams the next day… she was a Hollywood legend.

    Although she wasn’t of the same caliber, the same thing happened to Farrah Fawcett since she died on the same day as Michael Jackson.

    • Yeah, I don’t really see the disparaging part of this. It’s a touch cynical but that’s not a trait that’s exclusive to Morrissey. If anything, it’s an English identifier.

    • He did kind of badmouth him though. If he left at “it’s a shame” it would have still been weirdly unnecessary, but why say the next part? It almost seems like the goal was to be provocative instead of to highlight Becall and because he’s Morrisey he doesn’t really get the benefit of the doubt.

  3. I’m all for remembering Lauren Bacall, that’s not what gets me. What bothers me is how Moz justifies his statement by saying Williams was less groundbreaking. Honestly, who gives a crap? Both of them have changed the lives of loads of people, and those people should remember and honor them. The question of who broke new ground is just beside the point.

    • If 10 years ago that Morrissey and Henry Rollins were gonna eventually be lumped together in my pea brain I would’ve laughed in your face.

      And yet…….here we are.

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