Vegan and animal rights activist Morrissey made headlines on Tuesday when he announced that he was cancelling his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!.”
The singer explained via press release that he was not comfortable appearing on the show, because the other guests were the stars of “Duck Dynasty,” a program about a family that produces duck calls, which are used in hunting.
“Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, Feb. 26. However, he cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed,” said the statement.
Jimmy Kimmel referenced the incident in his opening monologue for the show, making light of the singer’s objections. Although Kimmel claimed he “really respected [Morrissey's] stance,” the comedian opted not to dump the members of “Duck Dynasty” because, “they have guns.”
He also said that if Morrissey were serious about not being associated with meat, then the singer shouldn’t appear on any television shows.
“I guarantee, when he was on Letterman last month, there had to be an Outback Steakhouse commercial in the mix, right? And that’s not acceptable, so…Morrissey will not be here tonight. He keeps finding new ways to depress us.”
Rather than leaving it at that, Kimmel also aired a sketch making light of the situation, featuring the members of “Duck Dynasty” selling carrot calls and broccoli traps.
“For the vegan in your life, Duck Dynasty proudly presents carrot call, specifically designed to mimic the call of the wild carrot,” said the voiceover. The video then shows the “Duck Dynasty” guys “hunting” carrots and using a large cup (Uncle Si’s Tea Cup Broccoli Trap) to snag wandering broccoli.
The video finishes with the proclamation, “I love yuppie food!” since that’s apparently what a meat-free diet is.
Check out the video below and then let us know what you think: Is this just Kimmel having a bit of harmless fun, or is it insulting to Morrissey and vegans everywhere?