At a recent concert in Warsaw, Poland, the former Smiths frontman reportedly said, “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 [sic] dead.” He then added: “Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried [expletive] every day.” The vegan and animal rights activist then segued into a performance of “Meat is Murder.”
This did not go over well.
Comedian Dan Atkinson tweeted, “Congratulations to Morrissey. It takes an exceptional brand of tosspot to capitalise on mass murder to further the cause of chickens.” Another Twitter user wrote, “Maybe Morrissey would like to repeat what he said about the attacks in Norway to the friends and families of the victims.”
Making comparisons using tragic events tends to be a bad idea. Take the recent death of Amy Winehouse, which was seemingly used by Microsoft in a tweet to sell one of her albums for the Zune. Company officials later apologized. And while Morrissey should know better by now after this, this and this, he seemingly doesn’t
“Morrissey has decided not to comment any further as he believes his statement speaks for itself,” his spokesperson told the Telegraph. Yes, it does. Loud and clear.