I'm moving house at the moment, and as a result of that, came across a batch of NMEs from last year. Being the chronic procrastinator that I am, I thought I'd have a read of some of them and see if there was anything interesting that I might want to keep. In an issue from December 2006 I found some comments made during an interview with Kele Okereke of Bloc Party (a self-confessed Moz-fan) and Patrick Wolf (that weirdo with the orange hair.) I checked to see if anyone had posted them on here but apparently not, so...
NME: "You're both sensitive boys, so let's talk about Morrissey and his boycott of Canada."
PW: "I have friends in Canada and they just thought he was very stupid. Some vegans see themselves as so civilised, living in a world where we can afford to eat vegetables all the time, but with the Innuit people, their lives depend on clubbing seals...I know how to kill animals, I was taught on a farm, and there are parts of society that are still like that, so for Morrissey to go in and be extremely civilised is very arrogant of him."
KO: "That's the problem with Morrissey. Everything I've read about his character recently has confirmed that he's quite a bitter person. People in Britain have so much respect and love for him, so why can he not at least appreciate that? I think he was a great lyricist but it sickens me a bit to read about what he purports to believe because he's not really living in the real world, is he?"
PO: "I think it's fine not living in the real world as long as you don't attack the real world for being real."
Some interesting points raised there, not all of which are unfair. I think there are times when Morrissey is very disconnected from reality, in fact probably most of his life. This is what makes him a great musician and poet, but not so great a social commentator.