Speaking to German publication Spiegel (via a Google translation), the former Smiths frontman seemed to defend Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, claiming that the Hollywood harassers had been "unnecessarily attacked."
Morrissey argued that the deluge of accusers coming forward with their stories has turned into "a play" and said that the broadening definition of sexual misconduct means that "every person on this planet is guilty."
He specifically mentioned Anthony Rapp's allegations against Spacey, implying that the unwanted sexual advances were his own fault for being in a 26-year-old's bedroom as a 14-year-old, and even questioned why Rapp's parents didn't intervene.
"When you are in somebody's bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to," Morrissey said. "That's why it does not sound very credible to me. It seems to me that Spacey has been attacked unnecessarily."
Morrissey also accused the numerous victims coming forward in recent months of sharing their stories due to professional disappointment. "If everything went well, and if it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it," he said.
Naturally, a number of public figures have denounced the singer on social media.
Morrissey has lost the fucking plot. Weinstein + Spacey unfairly attacked? For rape, sexual abuse+coercion etc. Fuck U Morrissey! Fuck YOU.— Garbage (@garbage) November 19, 2017
Disturbing new evidence emerges that lack of animal protein affects brain function: https://t.co/w6NDB7qGjf— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) November 20, 2017
Fuck Morrissey. https://t.co/QBUL7H11mf— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) November 19, 2017
I don't understand how so much of what Morrissey sings is so beautiful yet so much of what he says is so ugly.— Chris Gethard (@ChrisGethard) November 19, 2017
Despite his claims, Morrissey did state that "rape is disgusting" and "any physical attack is repugnant."
In 2015, Morrissey himself accused a San Francisco airport security guard of sexually assaulting him.