while I agree with some of the points raised in this article, firstly I find Moz’s quotes about so-called #metoo to be largely accurate. Some people wanna do anything they can to become famous. And I find the comments about Khan and Diane Abbott say more about prominent figures in British politics than they do about race. Sadiq definitely has a bit of a speech impediment, resulting in a strange way of talking. Abbott famously can’t add up and famously stumbled live on radio, over some policy or other. I truly believe Morrissey would have made comments like this even if the two selected examples weren’t black/minority ethnic. Cruel, you could argue, but racist? He’s said a lot worse about Robert Smith, Donald Trump, Elton John. Endless Caucasians.
The Bengali in Platforms thing IMO is a totally misinformed lyric. It’s about clumsy migrant adoption of western values. The word ‘belong’ is totally misguided and a bit silly, but probably scanned better than; ‘Life’s hard enough when you were raised here’. Is NF Disco racist? In the context of a lot of the other tracks on Your Arsenal, it’s observational. Look at We’ll Let you Know. I can’t imagine Moz putting into practice any of the football violence described. It’s about the mentality of gangs and societies, during a time when he was fascinated in the skinhead culture... more because of a nostalgia of trashy Richard Allen paperbacks.
Whether Morrissey is a racist or not, the man is an advocate for the underdog, and has a sort of punk attitude of celebrating what others wouldn’t dare to talk or sing about.
Also, Tim Jonze was sued by Morrissey following the fallout from an interview in the NME in which he accused him of being - you’ve guessed it.
Sadly we live in a society where anything - anything can gain traction on social media. Journalists used to get out and about and report on what was going on. Now all they need is the Twitter app