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Morrissey, the infamous singer of ‘The Smiths,’ and “one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last twenty years” as defined by Pitchfork, recently addressed the Olympic Games and the media entertainment related to them. Via ‘True To You,’ he expressed his disappointment towards the games and the life style promoted during their happenings, while the country and the continent are suffering from one of the major economic crisis of modern time.
After talking about his latest tour, he went on to say “And, yet! I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The “dazzling royals” have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. It is lethal to witness.
“As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters. Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the “dazzling royals,” laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought.
“As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP.”
This is not the first time Morrissey expresses opinionated concerns towards his country and the politics of it. Once again via ‘True To You’, he recently addressed Queen’s Elizabeth II and her Diamond Jubilee. He said the Jubilee “presents a new lesson in the force of tyranny, and is an expression of loathing and abhorrence of the British poor” and again “It is degrading to anyone of intelligence.”
Last year he also wrote an article for the Irish publication Hot Press, in occasion of the Queen’s visit to Ireland. Among other things he wrote “For a broad historical view of what the Queen is and how she ‘rules’, examine Gaddafi or Mubarak, and see if you can spot any difference. You won’t be able to.”
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