Morrissey Vs. The World
Morrissey didn’t release a note of new music in 2013 — even though he was openly exhorted to do so by none other than 2012’s Beef Queen — but he managed to dominate music blogs just the same. Yes, it was a beefy year for this vegan activist. Let’s look at it chronologically. First he was canceling nearly every show he had scheduled, and delivering longwinded apologies for those cancelations. The he was battling with the Staples Center — back and forth and back again — over a supposed agreement that the arena would go “100% vegetarian” for their scheduled Morrissey/Patti Smith concert. (Ultimately, Morrissey played the gig, and the venue did not go vegetarian for him.) Then he refused to perform on Jimmy Kimmel on an episode that would also feature cast of Duck Dynasty, and when Kimmel made fun of Morrissey’s ultimatum, Morrissey lashed out at Kimmel. Then he took on Paul McCartney — demanding Macca surrender either his knighthood or his animal-activist bonafides. Then he canceled all his remaining U.S. tour dates (again with a theatric apology). Then, he delivered a vitriolic takedown of Margaret Thatcher, only a week after her passing. Then, he canceled all his South American tour dates due to “lack of funds.” Then, after getting publishing house Penguin to agree to the genuinely insane demand that his autobiography be issued as part of their Classics line (alongside the likes Aristotle and Homer), Morrissey halted its publication. (When it finally was published in the UK, it included lots of score-settling, as well as details of a homosexual relationship. Soon afterward, Morrissey went on to state publicly that he is “not homosexual.” Those details were then edited out of the subsequent U.S. version of the book.) Then, he released a statement denouncing Melissa Bachman, Pippa Middleton, and David Cameron. Then he released another statement denouncing President Obama and the idea of Thanksgiving. And to close out 2013 — in an act of presumably unintentional irony that must have tickled Moz just the same — he performed at the Nobel Peace Prize concert. No, “peace” was nowhere to be found on Morrissey’s agenda in 2013. But when it came time to award prizes for beef, Moz took home the gold.