Morrissey has released his new album, “I Am Not a Dog on a Chain”, but his history of bigotry has left him with mixed reviews.
From The Guardian saying he makes himself a victim because of his hateful comments, and the Chicago Sun-Times saying this is his best album in years, it seems his music is up to taste and ethics.
Morrissey started with relatable songs of loneliness and shyness, but he has now shifted into an utmost supporter of far-right parties. Unsurprisingly, many old fans have had to turn away from the artist in light of his views.
Now his aggressive and brazen music attracts a crowd of people who feel misunderstood and oppressed by politically correct cultures – much like Morrissey himself, who has faced backlash for his racist stances.
During a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and other New York shows, the singer wore a “For Britain” badge, a far-right political group that even Nigel Farage considered too extreme.
He has even supported Tommy Robinson, after claiming the media treats the far-right activist “shockingly”.
Alongside his views on immigration, he also lashed out at the #MeToo movement. He said Anthony Rapp, who accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct when Rapp was only 14, should have known what would happen when he is in someone’s bedroom. “You have to be aware of where that can lead,” he said.
Similarly, he said many of the women who accused Harvey Weinstein, a convicted sex offender, played along. “Afterwards, they feel embarrassed or disliked.”
Now seen as an outdated and far-right singer by many, Morrissey has focused his career in America where he finds much more support for his views and subsequently, his music.
Unsurprisingly, many reviews based in America focus on the album itself and even praise the lyrics for giving an insight into Morrissey’s “controversial head”. This belief in separating art from the artist – alongside racism and bigotry – is the primary reason Morrissey is still performing sold-out gigs.
With no mention of his criticism of China’s treatment of animals when he said, “You can’t help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies,” or mention of him saying sexual assault victims in many cases are “merely disappointed”, these fans and reviews will ensure Morrissey maintains a platform to voice his views.
So, while his new album experimented well with prog-rock, choirs and Spanish guitars and displayed a shift in Morrissey’s musical capabilities, his new tracks will never go far enough to forgive his dangerous social and political opinions.
As hate crimes in the UK are on the rise with a 10 per cent increase between 2018 to 2019 and the US is seeing an even sharper increase with a rise of 17 per cent in 2017, it is vital that public figures who use immigrants as scapegoats are held accountable.
Morrissey may consider himself a victim to the media and the left’s political correctness, but his sorrows are overtly outweighed by those who have been victim to hate crimes and sexual assault.
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