The discussion has been wide-ranging. The thread has the general expansive title of freedom of speech, even if you've kept bringing it back to your one point. But has anyone told you you're arrogant or self-righteous for spending your money as you like? Of course that's up to you. And beyond those few clumsy sentences from Morrissey, you don't honestly believe he thinks abuse is acceptable no matter what opportunity is presented, except for being realistic that there are abusers on the loose?
The Gift of Fear, a best-selling book by Gavin de Becker, originally marketed at celebrities threatened with violence, is all about learning to recognise danger signs, and how to avoid harm. This is also realistic. It's summarised here -
Sorry you are angry. You have a right to be. 'There is so much destruction all over the world'. Wishing you happiness
You did use the words arrogant and self-righteous in your post suggesting people who stopped being fans because they didn't agree with his opinions was political polarisation of which arrogance an self-righteousness were part.
Yes I do actually think Morrissey believes what he said with regards to that comment and also the comment that only people who didn't get a good career out of abuse from the Me Too campaign were speaking out. There is no reason for me to believe otherwise.
The book you mention has nothing to do with this point.
The discussion has been wide ranging but I started it under the London gig review when I questioned at which point had Morrissey been silenced and that led into the reason why I and 1000s of others stopped supporting him, and the whole purpose of that was to show that the reason he lost 1000s of his loyal fanbase was purely because of these kind of comments and the other issues re his support of For Britain etc.
It has nothing to do with cancel culture and nothing to do with any orchestrated plan to damage his career or any planned boycott.
It is purely people who spent decades being his loyal fans not wanting to spend their money on him anymore following the things he has said.
This point now has gone round and round and round and people still keep coming back going off track from that single point from where this thread began.
It is not about whether his comment was right, or whether the abuse claimant was wrong or not. It was about the clear victim blaming statement in relation to both Rabb and the Me Too abuse victims and whether you interpret his clear words differently it doesn't matter.
There are plenty of people who followed him for years and years who left because of those words. They just stopped loving him. Simple.