Has Morrissey offended the Olympics and the royals in one breath? It seems like he has! The former front man for The Smiths, who’s known for his outspoken views on everything under the sun has decided to give his opinion on the Olympics and the royal family.
Morrissey, a local London native, has a few greviances with England, so much that he has decided to compare his home country of England to Nazi Germany. In an open letter to True To You, a Morrissey fanzine, Morrissey, whose legal name is Steven Morrissey wrote his feelings about the current events that are going on, including the Olympics.
I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The “dazzling royals” have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. It is lethal to witness. As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters. Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the “dazzling royals”, laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought.
As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP.
Of course this isn’t the first time Morrissey has expressed his disappointment with the way his country is being run. In his song called Irish Blood, English Heart, his lyrics say it all: “Irish blood, English heart, this I’m made of/ There is no one on earth I’m afraid of, and no regime can buy or sell me/ I’ve been dreaming of a time when to be English is not to be baneful/ To be standing by the flag not feeling shameful/“
Do you think Morrissey has a point concerning how England has chosen to slant its press concerning the coverage of the Olympics?