List of things you don't want to say onstage: "Hello, New York!" when you're in Boston; "How about them Dodgers?" when you're in San Francisco; and "The tragedy is Norway was way less serious than the way fast food chains operate every day" when you're pretty much anywhere.
Alas, Morrissey seems to have forgotten the most important item on this list.
Before playing "Meat Is Murder" at a show in Warsaw on Sunday, he said, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead, though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Shit every day," according to the U.K.'s Mirror.
As if his foot weren't far enough down his throat and out his ass already, he released a comment today through fan site True-to-You.net:
The recent killings in Norway were horrific. As usual in such cases, the media give the killer exactly what he wants: worldwide fame. We aren't told the names of the people who were killed -- almost as if they are not considered to be important enough, yet the media frenzy to turn the killer into a Jack the Ripper star is ... repulsive. He should be unnamed, not photographed, and quietly led away.
The comment I made onstage at Warsaw could be further explained this way: Millions of beings are routinely murdered every single day in order to fund profits for McDonalds and KFCruelty, but because these murders are protected by laws, we are asked to feel indifferent about the killings, and to not even dare question them.
If you quite rightly feel horrified at the Norway killings, then it surely naturally follows that you feel horror at the murder of ANY innocent being. You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals "are not us."
Some fans on Morrissey-Solo.com figured that was good enough.
"He has not lost it, thank God," one anonymous fan posted. "Good statement, Moz. I understood what you meant the first time," another said.
But others, like us, were perplexed. Our favorite comment came from user dandysweet, which is pretty much how we feel: "I'm quite positively sure that Morrissey isn't evil and that he's possibly affected by what happened in Norway (to the extent he is able to be affected by anything, which I fear isn't much), but to make that comparison is still showing a lack of intelligence and a lack of feeling with the world around him. But I guess in Morrissey's mind he IS the world."
So does Morrissey have a point, or is he just a huge turd?