35 of Morrissey's most controversial quotes

Morrissey has conducted an interview via his own website which is outspoken even by his standards.

In the article, the former Smiths frontman says London Mayor Sadiq Khan "cannot talk properly", and claims that Adolf Hitler was left-wing.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The musician's comments have been widely criticised and ridiculed, with many accusing the 58-year-old of racism.

Nikesh Shukla, editor of The Good Immigrant, tweeted: "I’m so glad Morrissey set up a new website so he could prove to you in his own words he’s a racist. It means I can now mute his name and let him do the work of telling you exactly who he is himself."

Here are some of Morrissey's most controversial quotes from this latest interview

On Adolf Hitler: "The modern Loony Left seem to forget that Hitler was Left wing! But of course, we are all called racist now, and the word is actually meaningless."

On being called 'racist': "When someone calls you racist, what they are saying is "hmm, you actually have a point, and I don’t know how to answer it, so perhaps if I distract you by calling you a bigot we’ll both forget how enlightened your comment was."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

On Theresa May and Islam: "I recall her [Theresa May] speech on Eid al-Adhar, and how she referred to it as a 'joyous celebration' … as millions of animals had their throats slit to mark the occasion."

On halal meat: "If you have any concern for animal welfare, for example, you cannot possibly vote for either Conservatives or Labour, because both parties support halal slaughter, which, as we all know, is evil. Furthermore, halal slaughter requires certification that can only be given by supporters of ISIS, and yet in England we have halal meat served in hospitals and schools!"

On stunned slaughter: "If you use the term ‘humane slaughter’ then you might as well talk in terms of ‘humane rape’."

On Diane Abbott: "No, I haven’t ever voted. I don’t have sufficient faith in the circus of politics … and … you can see why! It is a moral disaster on every level. Even Tesco wouldn’t employ Diane Abbott."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

On the far-right political party For Britain: "For Britain seem to say what many British people are currently thinking, which is why the BBC or Channel 4 News will not acknowledge them, because, well, For Britain would change British politics forever."

On Sadiq Khan: "The Mayor of London tells us about ”Neighborhood policin ” - what is ‘policin’? He tells us London is an ”amazin ” city. What is ‘amazin’? This is the Mayor of London! And he cannot talk properly! I saw an interview where he was discussing mental health, and he repeatedly said ”men’el ” … he could not say the words ‘mental health’."

On acid attacks: "London is second only to Bangladesh for acid attacks. All of the attacks are non-white, and so they cannot be truthfully addressed by the British government or the Met Police or the BBC because of political correctness. What this means is that the perpetrator is considered to be as much of a victim as the actual victim."

On journalism: "There is simply no point [in speaking to mainstream media]. They don’t print what you say, and they print what you didn’t say. There’s hardly any point in me being there! The function of reporting has disappeared. Now, all journalists are megastars and the only aim of their interview is to express and establish their own personal views, and to hell with whatever the interviewee says."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

And here are some of Morrissey's previous controversial comments

On the London Olympics: "The 'dazzling royals' have, quite naturally, hijacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. . . The spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain."

On the 2011 Norway massacre: "That is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Sh*t every day."

On the Manchester attacks: "Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an 'extremist'. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?"

On Sadiq Khan: "Sadiq Khan says 'London is united with Manchester', but he does not condemn Islamic State - who have claimed responsibility for the bomb."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

On immigration: "Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.”

On animal cruelty in China: "You can't help but feel that the Chinese people are a sub-species."

On assassinating Donald Trump: “I would, for the safety of the human race. It’s not for my personal opinion of his face, or his life, or his family, but in the interest of the human race. I think he’s a terrible, terrible scourge.”

On Madonna: "Madonna reinforces everything absurd and offensive. Desperate womanhood. Madonna is closer to organised prostitution than anything else."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

On sexual harrassment victims: “If everything went well, and if it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it.”

On Kevin Spacey: “As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old. Kevin Spacey was 26, boy 14... When you are in somebody’s bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to. That’s why it does not sound very credible to me. It seems to me that Spacey has been attacked unnecessarily.”

On an assassination attempt on Prince Charles: "I wish that Prince Charles had been shot. I think it would have made the world a more interesting place."

On Band Aid: "Bob Geldof is a nauseating character. Band Aid was the most self-righteous platform ever in the history of popular music."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

On the failed assassination attempt of Margaret Thatcher: "The sorrow of the IRA Brighton bombing is that Thatcher escaped unscathed."

On Beyoncé: “The rhino is now more or less extinct, and it’s not because of global warming or shrinking habitats. It’s because of Beyoncé’s handbags.”

On comedy: “If I met Vic Reeves, I’d have no desire other than to smack him in the face.”

On the Brits: “The Brits are ghastly. I never would accept a Brit. It would be like Laurence Olivier being happy getting a TV Times award.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

On vegetarianism: "[Eating meat] is really on the same moral level as child abuse. It’s the same thing. Animals are like children, they look to us for protection."

On immigration (again): "England is a memory now. The gates are flooded and anybody can have access to England and join in.”

On reggae music: “The most racist music in the entire world... an absolute total glorification of black supremacy.”

On gender: "It's hard to be a man. It's made to be hard and I don't know why. I think it's easier to be a woman. The women's movement has been so successful; the men's movement has never been accepted. I think it's not wanted."

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

On black music: "I don't have very cast iron opinions on black music other than black modern music which I detest. I detest Stevie Wonder. I think Diana Ross is awful. I hate all those records in the Top 40 - Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston. I think they're vile in the extreme."

On Brexit: "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."

On Nigel Farage: "I nearly voted for Ukip. I like Nigel Farage a great deal."

On David and Victoria Beckham: "[They should be] dragged to the edge of the village and flogged."

On interviews: "I say a lot of things I don’t mean."