Morrissey has been back being Morrissey, again, having not only confirmed his support of the far-right nationalist ‘For Britain’ but also saying Nigel Farage would make a good Prime Minister. To top it all of he stated that “everyone ultimately prefers their own race.”

Nick Cave was asked this question on his website The Red Hand Files by a fan, that reads: “Generally, is it possible to separate the latter-day [Morrissey] from his earlier art? More specifically, what are your views on Morrissey, both early days and his newer more ugly persona?”

“Personally, when I write a song and release it to the public, I feel it stops being my song,” he states. “It has been offered up to my audience and they, if they care to, take possession of that song and become its custodian. The integrity of the song now rests not with the artist, but with the listener.” He adds that an artist’s “views and behaviour are separate issues.”

Cave continues: “Morrissey’s political opinion becomes irrelevant. Whatever inanities he may postulate, we cannot overlook the fact that he has written a vast and extraordinary catalogue, which has enhanced the lives of his many fans beyond recognition. This is no small thing. He has created original and distinctive works of unparalleled beauty, that will long outlast his offending political alliances.”

He added:” I still believe that despite how upsetting Morrissey’s views may be to the marginalised and dispossessed members of society, or anyone else for that matter, he still should have the freedom to express his views, just as others should have the freedom to challenge them—even if just to know in what guise their enemy may appear. The charge that defending a person’s right to their opinions somehow aligns one with their views makes no sense at all and strikes at the heart of the problem itself—that of conflating the concept of free speech with bigotry. This is very dangerous territory indeed.”

Cave concluded: “Perhaps it is better to simply let Morrissey have his views, challenge them when and wherever possible, but allow his music to live on, bearing in mind we are all conflicted individuals—messy, flawed and prone to lunacies. We should thank God that there are some among us that create works of beauty beyond anything most of us can barely imagine, even as some of those same people fall prey to regressive and dangerous belief systems.”

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