Morrissey has been under fire for a few years now. The former Smiths singer has backed up the continual cancellations of his shows with some inflammatory and ignorant comments. Not only did he call Chinese people “sub-human” but he also shared his support for the far-right group Britain First in the run-up to the election.
Now, the singer has been immortalised in a new episode of The Simpsons and is pretty upset about it all, proclaiming that they portrayed him as an overweight racist, seemingly finding a grievance with both descriptions.
In the episode, Lisa Simpson becomes infatuated with a figure who seems to represent 1980s Morrissey — an advocate of vegetarianism, a social defender of the meek and an intellectual.
The episode was titled Panic on the Streets of Springfield and sees Lisa falling in love with the depressed singer from the ’80s. While Morrissey was never signed on to voice the character (instead enlisting Benedict Cumberbatch) now Moz is having his say, releasing an angry statement through an advisor following the show’s airing last night.
“Sadly, The Simpson’s show started out creating great insight into the modern cultural experience, but has since degenerated to trying to capitalize on cheap controversy and expounding on vicious rumours.
“Poking fun at subjects is one thing. Other shows like SNL still do a great job at finding ways to inspire great satire.
But when a show stoops so low to use harshly hateful tactics like showing the Morrissey character with his belly hanging out of his shirt (when he has never looked like that at any point in his career) makes you wonder who the real hurtful, racist group is here.” It’s an outlandish statement given the prefix noted. After all, this is The Simpsons but the statement didn’t end there.
“Even worse – calling the Morrissey character out for being a racist, without pointing out any specific instances, offers nothing. It only serves to insult the artist. They should take that mirror and hold it up to themselves”
The singer did have a point when referencing the character’s decision to cash in on his values and throw them down his gullet like he does a meat sandwich in the show. Morrissey has never turned his back on his animal rights activism. The statement also makes a valid point about the hypocrisy of such a show steeped in racial controversy to call out others. However, what may have seemed like a defiant step against an ageing satirical cartoon show just comes off as, at best, petty and childish.
We’re not here to say that Morrissey deserves to be insulted but, even on a basic level, the singer hasn’t ever been afraid of throwing his own jibes across the airwaves. So, even if The Simpsons had intended to hurt his feelings, how can he be upset when Robert Smith has been the subject of countless tirades from Morrissey, let alone a whole country of people he deemed “sub-human” for their cultural differences.
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