Published Jun 04, 2012Here we go again -- it's another case of Morrissey being Morrissey. While many of his fellow British countrymen and countrywomen are currently celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, the cantankerous former Smiths frontman is not partaking in the festivities, and has issued a statement denouncing the event.
In a letter posted on the Morrissey fan site True to You yesterday (June 3), the singer went on another tirade about the tyranny of the British monarchy. Not only did he claim that the royal family is "utterly useless," but the celebrations surrounding the 60th anniversary of the Queen's ascension to the throne are "an expression of loathing and abhorrence of the British poor."
It's a vitriolic statement, but it's hardly surprising. Remember, Morrissey previously condemned Elizabeth II for the bearskin hats worn by the British Royal Guard, among other things.
In addition to the anti-Queen rant, the statement includes a piece of bad news for fans: he is "no closer to port where record label interest is concerned." Morrissey had previously said that he will not release an album without a suitable record label to back it, despite hints that he has a new album already completed. May we suggest Bandcamp?
Read Morrissey's statement about the Diamond Jubilee below.
The soul is tried all over again as the jackboot of dictatorship strangles England. This week, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee presents a new lesson in the force of tyranny, and is an expression of loathing and abhorrence of the British poor - and all done, quite naturally, at the public's expense! It is degrading to anyone of intelligence. While dictatorships throughout the Middle East are gently condemned by the British government, there is no examination of the extremism enforced by the British 'royals', who remain the most overpaid and most utterly useless people on the planet. Having done nothing to earn our respect, they demand everything by return. It is a cunning and extravagant form of benefit fraud. I should mention that I am frequently asked to appear on BBC television's Question Time to air my views. But is it possible to engage with the British media and not be carved-up? I doubt it.