Morrissey: 'I see no difference between eating animals and paedophilia'
You can always count on Morrissey to say something feather-rufflingly controversial.
You know, like comparing eating meat to paedophilia.
Which is exactly what he did during a Q&A interview on his fansite True-to-You.net.
"If you have access to YouTube, you should click on to what is called The video the meat industry doesn’t want you to see," he told his followers.
"If this doesn’t affect you in a moral sense then you’re probably granite. I see no difference between eating animals and paedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder."
And, if you do eat meat, he’d treat you like one, too.
"If I’m introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away. Imagine, for example, if you were in a nightclub and someone said to you, ‘Hello, I enjoy bloodshed, throat-slitting and the destruction of life.’ Well, I doubt if you’d want to exchange phone numbers."
He went on to give his favourite figure of derision, the Queen, another verbal flogging for wearing "electrocuted animals". And Jamie Oliver. For cooking "flesh-food":
"If Jamie ‘Orrible is so certain that flesh-food is tasty then why doesn’t he stick one of his children in a microwave?”
And then, because he’d seemingly run out of people to insult, he said this:
"If you believe in the abattoir then you would support Auschwitz. There’s no difference. People who would disagree with this statement have probably never been inside an abattoir."
During the same interview, Morrissey also announced that, due to the rip-roaring commercial success (critical success, not so much) of his autobiography, he is currently beavering away at his first novel.
“In 2013 I published my Autobiography and it has been more successful than any record I have ever released, so, yes, I am mid-way through my novel. I have my hopes.”
He did not reveal any more details about the plotline or characters, but went on to say he thought the written word was the only way he could project his ideas to the public in the modern age.