Whenever Morrissey opens his mouth to do anything besides sing (or eat vegan hot dogs or whatever), it’s usually a pretty bad look for him. Case in point: When asked about the current political climate in a recent interview with FasterLouder, he went off on this delightful little rant and called Brexit “magnificent”:
The British political class has never quite been so hopeless, but the same can be said for the USA. What has happened is that news media can no longer attach any nobility to old-style politics because although politicians do not and cannot change, the people the world over have changed. What could be more grotesquely stupid than the Clinton-Trump coverage? As for Brexit, the result was magnificent, but it is not accepted by the BBC or Sky News because they object to a public that cannot be hypnotised by BBC or Sky nonsense. These news teams are exactly the same as Fox and CNN in that they all depend on public stupidity in order to create their own myth of reality. Watch them at your peril!
And when asked how he feels about the Smiths being such a huge part of his legacy despite being a relatively brief part of his life, he had this to say:
I’ve taken the position of serious analyst on this issue for quite some years and I now think that The Smiths are listed as, for example, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees, because people generally think that the Smiths also covers Morrissey — which it doesn’t. Consequently we have PJ Harvey as a Hall Of Fame nominee yet it can’t be argued that she has ever meant more than Morrissey in the USA, and needless to say I have never been a nominee.
The interview must’ve been conducted before this year’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominations came out, because the Smiths weren’t nominated this year, and neither was PJ Harvey. Maybe he read some article about bands who would likely be nominated, or maybe he’s just talking out his ass, because when has a little thing like objective reality ever stopped Morrissey before?