morrissey and kimmel
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes, Film/TV
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Photo: FLICKR / MAN ALIVE!, Helga Esteb /

Morrissey politely bowed out of his scheduled performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” when he learned that the pro hunting show “Duck Dynasty” would also be featured that night.

The singer, a devoted animal activist, said in a statement, “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.”

Kimmel then decided it was a good idea to poke fun at the former Smiths singer and did a whole bit noting that “Morrissey will not be here tonight. He keeps finding new ways to depress us.”

To see the offending video clip where Kimmel makes fun of Morrissey, makes a gun joke and does a bit with “Duck Dynasty” on vegans, click here.

Morrissey then released another statement blasting Kimmel for his poor taste. He wrote, “I was disappointed with last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Show wherein our smiling host managed to ridicule depression (70 per cent of Americans have experienced depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health). He then found time to ridicule healthy eating (the obesity epidemic in the U.S. costs $147 billion per year in medical expenditure), and he also ridiculed the notion that animals should be entitled to the possession of their own lives.

“Furthermore, he found time to jokingly promote gun-ownership – hugely amusing for the parents at Sandy Hook (Elementary School), no doubt. He also promoted his special guests Duck Dynasty, who kill beings for fun. None of the above issues are, of course, as important as Jimmy Kimmel himself, who has finally revealed his show to have an overwhelming loss of meaning. Tune in and relive the intellectual fog of the 1950s.”

We asked out facebook fans if Kimmel’s jabs were harmless teasing or mean spirited taunting.

One commented wrote, “I’m sorry, I don’t think Jimmy Kimmel is funny. So I don’t care what kind of video he makes. I do hope that Morrissey doesn’t bother to reschedule. Good job standing up for what he believes in!”

While another felt the opposite and wrote, “Being a Vegan 4ever, I want to say I think Kimmel and Duck Dynasty handled it well. My favorire was when Uncle Si caught the broccoli. They were not being mean. This situation just brought more attention to Vegans and the cause. Isn’t laughter a good way to break the tension and start a converstion? Bravo to Morrissey!!”

Obviously, Morrissey did not see any humor in the situation.

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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