Yesterday we reported on Morrissey’s comments at a recent concert where he said that the recent tragedy in Norway was “nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried shit every day.”
His statement got a lot of attention, most of it negative, and now he is elaborating on his thoughts to help people better understand.
Morrissey first says on his website how grotesque he believes the media and world are for turning the killer into a household name while the victims remain nameless. He then proceeds to say the following about how he connects the Norway attack to the slaughter of animals for food.
“Millions of beings are routinely murdered every single day in order to fund profits for McDonalds and KFCruelty, but because these murders are protected by laws, we are asked to feel indifferent about the killings, and to not even dare question them. If you quite rightly feel horrified at the Norway killings, then it surely naturally follows that you feel horror at the murder of ANY innocent being. You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals “are not us.”
Personally, I think what offended people about his comments wasn’t the fact that he compared animal death to human death. It was how he said that the Norway attack was “nothing compared to” what McDonald’s and KFC do. That sort of dismissive tone about a tragedy that is still so raw for so many is what got him into trouble. It’s all in the word choice.
I agree with Morrissey that the torture and slaughter of animals on factory farms is horrific and a great tragedy of our time. But it’s not a who has it worst contest. As a good friend of mine said, “For a musician, his timing leaves a lot to be desired. I wish that everyone would learn to allow people to grieve over losses without bringing up comparisons.”
His clarifications should put out some fires and help people to better understand his original statement. If he had originally phrased it that way, perhaps he wouldn’t have received the same outrage is getting now.
Via AV Club