by Ali Berman
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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

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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  • Mike Ginsberg

    Bad publicity is better than none at all. If he had been sterile and PC no one would question or inquire into where got off saying what he said. It’s important to encourage each other to feel sympathy toward the dead and the survived, and to confirm understanding. Micky D’s & KFC aren’t only cruel to animals; it’s absolute shit food to be feeding people in the first place! What about the chemical factories that make all the drugs and pollution that is tied into the fastfood? Our civil society, enslaved, consumerist glutton that it is, allows corporations like these, among many others, to operate beyond the pale of morality! Haliburton, Honeywell, Carlyle Group, etc…. Morrissey was right! Moreover, because beyond your PC image as an upright human being, unless death is very, very near you, the animal deaths, the Norwegians’, the Afghans’, indeed, the unreported-on slain the world over ARE nothing compared to anything tangible and immediately near us. Congratulations to those who feel sorrow, but I wonder how much of this Morrissey induced quippage is not merely knee-jerk reaction out of being insulted due to one’s guilty enjoyment of fastfood. If you really did feel sorrow perhaps you might be able to see what Morrissey meant in his comparison and rather than deplore him, emplore him to illustrate how all innocents’ suffering is unjustified. Morrissey doesn’t need backlash, he needs a little sagacity, as do we all.

  • herwin

    What he says is an inconveninet truth, and i aplaud him for not backing down or shying away from telling it.
    Especially, when the crowd starts yelling that they are shocked by what you tell them, you KNOW you have said something worthwhile…
    Good job, Morrisy !


    Morrissey is God!


    Ali Berman, you’re clearly a specieist, who has a vendetta out for Morrissey. You keep trying to dismiss the fact that McDonald’s and KFC murder millions of beings every day, much more than the 93 victims from Norway. Killing innocent beings (be it Humans, Animals, Insects) is always bad, and what Morrissey is trying to do is just enlighten the world, that this IS what happens EVERYDAY to ANIMALS. No one is making this out to be a contest but you.

  • herwin

    “His statement got a lot of attention, most of it negative.”

    At least on this website most comments are POSITIVE about Morriseys statement.
    He might be right or wrong, but his statement stirs up an interesting and necesary discussion.

    A shame that the Razzi tries to discredit Morrisyes statement by claiming that most attention was negative.
    It’s very very necesary to speak out and speak up for the animals, don’t let others trying to put us or our message down and make us silent.
    Thanks Morrisey !

  • Wonderer

    A bit off topic, but I have to ask: Is that just a bad photo or is he really that fat? Because that photo makes him look huge.

    • herwin

      Especially for this article they did choose an ugly photo of Morrisey… LOL