Smiths Singer Morrissey Sounds Off on #ManchesterBombing

Smiths Singer Morrissey Sounds Off on #ManchesterBombing

Smiths Singer Morrissey Sounds Off on #ManchesterBombing

Ahhh…the sounds of The Smiths and Morrissey harken me back to my teenage years as a punk rock girl in New Hampshire when I dyed my hair purple and painted my nails black. Yep. All seemed like good ideas at the time, even the safety pins in my ears. Side note: You will never see a snowflake do that with a safety pin!

So when Morrissey took to Twitter to sound off on the Manchester suicide bomber, I had to throw on some tracks from, The World Won’t Listen, Louder than Bombs to celebrate his birthday and, quite refreshingly, his honesty:

SPIN Magazine didn’t seem to like his comment much at all, calling it “predictably dumb” and “jumbled”.

Enter disappointed fans:

To their dismay, “Bigmouth” struck again. Morrissey grew up in Manchester where he formed The Smiths and later went on to pursue a solo career. Despite becoming a vegan and having quite the hipster following, he has fallen out of favor with many because of his views on Brexit and immigration.

“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.”–Morrissey

Morrissey is now being called the “bigoted uncle”, several colorful names that are unfit for print and a “racist”, a “xenophobe”, a “fascist”. Why? Because of one line:

“In modern Britain, everyone seems petrified to say what we all say in private”.

Why are we afraid to say what we all say in private? Perhaps because of the sheer fatigue of individuals coming up with the same rebuttal tactics (namely vulgarity and name-calling) over-and-over-and-over again. I mean, it’s exhausting. While we are in a terrible state of affairs when we cannot acknowledge something for what it actually is, it’s even more heartbreaking to know that the enemy is winning and will continue to gain traction so long as we are shrinking violets and, to quote Morrissey in one of the more well-known Smiths songs, How Soon is Now?, victims “of a shyness that is criminally vulgar”.

We live in a world where we cannot call illegal immigrants in our sanctuary cities, “illegal”. We have to call them “undocumented citizens”. We cannot call inmates “prisoners”, we have to call them “students”. We have to now call suspects, “community members”. Radicals, are not really “radicals”-we have to “peacefully” try to “coexist” and “understand” them. We have to exercise “tolerance” for the intolerable. We cannot call “terrorists” what they are. At the rate we are going, what gives?

Bigmouth, Bigmouth
Bigmouth strikes again
And I’ve got no right to take my place
With the human race.-The Smiths, “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

At least they don’t think so. Kudos to Morrissey. After all, doesn’t it seem bizarre that we are now living in the sad irony of a Smiths’ song? A cheery melody that is camouflaged by insanely morbid lyrics. Based on some of the reactions to his post, a good amount of the population on both sides of the pond are still in a coma. And it’s something serious.

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  • GWB says:

    Concur, kudos to Morrissey.

    Question of the day: How do these suicidal people get put in charge in democracies/republics?

  • Scott says:

    I agree, kudos..

    They get put there by preaching a utopia that the masses are not smart enough to realize can’t exist..

    • Lisa Carr says:

      It’s easy to preach utopia with armed security guards flanking your sides and security gates. So easy.

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