People are furious with Morrissey's comments on the Spacey and Weinstein scandals
'If it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it.'
Morrissey released his new album, Low In High School, this weekend and while on the promotional tour, he sat down with the renowned German publication Spiegel for an interview
In amongst the conversation about his music and the new album, the recent sexual harassment and sexual assault stories were discussed.
In the past, the lead singer of The Smiths has provided some controversial statements - he once referred to the people of China as "a sub-species", and called Madonna "organised prostitution" -and his latest remarks
The interview was originally published in German and then re-printed into English by Stereogum and Vulture, but we can't imagine too much of his opinion can be misinterpreted as being lost in translation.
Here's his response when he is asked about the #MeToo campaign that has grown in popularity following the recent spate of allegations out of Hollywood:
"To some extent, yes, but then it became a play. All at once everyone is guilty. Anyone who has ever said to someone else, “I like you,” is suddenly being charged with sexual harassment. You have to put these things in the right relations. If I can not tell anyone that I like him, how should he ever know? Of course, there are extreme cases, rape is disgusting, every physical attack is repulsive. But we have to see it in relative terms. Otherwise, every person on this planet is guilty. We can not permanently decide from above what we are allowed to do and what we can not do. Because then we are all trapped. Some people are very awkward when it comes to romance anyway. They do not know what to do and then their behaviour is aggressive."
And here is his response when asked about the Kevin Spacey allegations:
"As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old. Kevin Spacey was 26 and I'm wondering where the 14-year-old boy’s parents were. One wonders if the boy did not know what could happen. I do not know about you, but I’ve never been in situations like this in my youth. Never. I always knew what could happen. When you are in somebody’s bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to. That’s why it does not sound very credible to me. It seems to me Spacey has been unnecessarily attacked."
And, finally, when asked about the Harvey Weinstein allegations:
"People know exactly what happens. And they play along. Afterward, they feel embarrassed, or they do not like it. And then they turn it around and say: I was attacked, I was surprised, I was dragged into the room. But if everything had gone well and had it given them a great career, they would not talk about it. I hate rape. I hate attacks. I hate sexual situations that are forced on someone. But in many cases, one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person referred to as a victim is merely disappointed. Throughout the history of music and rock ‘n’ roll there have been musicians who have slept with their groupies. If you go through history, almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors."
Unsurprisingly, this has led to some furious reactions.
Fuck Morrissey. https://t.co/QBUL7H11mf
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) November 19, 2017
Morrissey is like, two shitty opinions away from being invited as a guest onto Infowars.
— Maggie Serota (@maggieserota) November 19, 2017
Just what the Weinstein and Spacey cases needed, some input from Morrissey 😬 https://t.co/yLGt3tQDuL
— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) November 19, 2017