Morrissey has stepped up his support for the far-right party For Britain, claiming ‘everyone prefers their own race’.
The Smiths legend has somewhat kamikazed his own fanbase over the past few years with his opinions – whether that’s claiming Mayor of London Sadiq Khan ‘can’t speak properly’, saying Adolf Hitler was a ‘lefty’ and that halal meat is ‘evil’.
Or maybe Morrissey claiming that Kevin Spacey had been ‘needlessly attacked’ and that Harvey Weinstein’s alleged victims were ‘simply disappointed’ was the last straw for you.
However, the 60-year-old has doubled down on his beliefs, saying that the far-right, anti-Islam party For Britain is the only party which can unite the left and right.
In an interview with his nephew Sam Esty Rayner for the site Morrissey Central, which was conducted in April but published this week, the This Charming Man singer said: ‘I think Anne Marie Waters is the only British party leader who can unite the left and right. I don’t know any other party leader who even wants to do this.
‘The UK is a dangerously hateful place now, and I think we need someone to put a stop to the lunacy and to speak for everyone. I see Anne Marie Waters as this person. She is extremely intelligent, ferociously dedicated to this country, she is very engaging, and also very funny at times.’
Sam went on to say he’d never heard Waters say anything racist, with Morrissey replying: ‘Neither have I. But if you call someone racist in modern Britain you are telling them that you have run out of words. You are shutting the debate down and running off. The word is meaningless now. Everyone ultimately prefers their own race … does this make everyone racist?
‘The people who reduce every conversation down to a matter of race could be said to be the most traditionally “racist” because everything in life is not exclusively a question of race, so why make it so? Diversity can’t possibly be a strength if everyone has ideas that will never correspond.
‘If borders are such terrible things then why did they ever exist in the first place? Borders bring order. I can’t see how opposing Halal slaughter makes me racist when I’ve objected to all forms of animal slaughter all of my life.’
In the interview, Morrissey also denied ever supporting Ukip, but said of Nigel Farage: ‘It’s obvious that he would make a good Prime Minister … if any of us can actually remember what a good Prime Minister is.’
Last month, Morrissey’s former The Smiths bandmate Johnny Marr said he wasn’t worried about how the star’s political leanings would affect the band’s legacy.
The guitarist and songwriter told NME: ‘I don’t think you can change history. I’ve said that before. I’m not worried. It’s got nothing to do with my world or my life. The songs are out there for people to judge, relate to and hear. I think that’s all going to be forgotten in a few weeks, as these things inevitably are – for better or worse. It’s always been that way.
‘I understand the issue, but I’m used to stuff coming and going. I don’t worry about people missing out on the culture. That would be like saying to a teenage me, “Are you worried about you and your mates missing out on The Velvet Underground?” That was never going to happen. I know the way things go. Things come and go.’
This came after Liverpool’s public transport network removed posters for Morrissey’s latest album California Son following complaints over his support for For Britain.
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