Musician: Morrissey

I am reminded frequently how intelligent, principled, the musician Morrissey is. Morissey (Steven Patrick Morrissey) first appeared in the English band The Smiths in the 1980s and is now a solo act.

He is a vegetarian, an outspoken advocate for animal rights and against child abuse. His Lyrics are very intelligent and thoughtful. In a smiths song “Meat is Murder” he makes an incredibly strong case against eating meat. He has a long career writing inspired songs and has a large following, including in the Latin community. In an interview where he was asked what political candidate he preferred, he declared he could not support either one, because all world leaders are bullies using force to change the world they live in. There is real truth here, considering what the American government has done in recent years, other dictators in Africa, the Nazis, Other European powers, including England, France, Spain in eras past.

Other songs of his, speak to how it feels to be a disaffected teenager, how it feels to be alone, the suffering of poor Mexican-American people, sexual minorities and others, powerless and helpless children, and others.

Although I admire his work, I have come to see less desirable aspects to this person. I also care about animal issues and can understand his frustration with workers in China producing goods brutally exploiting animals, Morrissey declared that they were subhuman, which is extremely racist. It also ignores the economic circumstances and the very poor in China who also have very little right.