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Morrissey Denounces Royal Family and Animal Cruelty, But Has Kind Words for Russell Brand in New Rant

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Morrissey has never been shy about expressing his disappointment in humanity and the world at large. He’s actually built quite the career on it. The former Smiths frontman has never been above good old fashioned rant, as he did yesterday (Nov. 18) with an angry (and quite lengthy) screed posted to dedicated Morrissey zine True to You where the singer lashes out at the Royal Family and purveyors of animal cruelty.

Under the heading “The World Won’t Listen” (cribbed from the title of a 1987 Smiths compilation album), first in his sights is Pursuit Channel TV host Melissa Bachman, who recently sparked outrage after posting a photo with a male lion she killed on a hunt in South Africa.

“I am not ashamed to admit that newspaper photographs in recent days of American TV presenter Melissa Bachman laughing as she stands over a majestic lion that had been stalked and shot dead by Bachman herself left me tearful. Although I have previously felt enraged by the asininity of U.S. congressman Paul Ryan, and political fluffhead Sarah Palin – both of whom also kill beings for fun, there is something especially lamentable about the Bachman smile of pride as the lion – a symbol of strength, heraldry and natural beauty, lies lifeless in answer to Bachman’s need for temporary amusement.”

The singer goes on to criticize “thickwit” British Royal socialite Pippa Middleton as “the sick face of modern Britain” and singers PJ Harvey and Bryan Ferry for their alleged support of fox hunting.

After digging deeper into his disgust with the Royal Family, Morrissey takes a sudden left-turn to praise British actor/comedian Russell Brand for his recent political comments on why he doesn’t vote and social revolution that attracted much attention in the media and on social networks.

“Like anyone who speaks out in modern Britain, he has been shot down,” the singer wrote. “Nothing must interfere with the depressive psychosis of modern Britain, which has become a most violent and melancholic country, with no space for measured debate. Like Russell, I believe that the most powerful vote you can give is No Vote.

“At what point did the dis-United Kingdom become a cabbagehead nation?” Morrissey penned in his conclusion. “Where is the rich intellect of debate? Where is our Maya Angelou, our James Baldwin, our Allen Ginsberg, our Anthony Burgess, our political and social reformers?…I write this without outburst; a staunch non-terrorist, quietly, calmly and composedly, as I mourn the loss of the land.”

For more of his unbridled commentary on the state of the world, American Morrissey fans are counting the days until his widely-discussed Autobiography is released in the U.S. on December 3.

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