Good article. This line particularly resonated with me: 'But somehow, illogically and sentimentally, I held Morrissey to different standards.'
There's been a lot of talk of separating the art from the artist. Like Lee, I've been able to do that for other writers/actors/artists, but not with Morrissey. I haven't really listened to any solo stuff since the interview, although I've indulged in a little Smiths for some strange reason. However, I won't be binning any records and hopefully one day I'll feel like sitting down and listening to Your Arsenal again. But it feels like it'll be from a totally different perspective. That's not necessarily a bad thing, in fact it might even be for the best - maybe everyone should grow out of their Morrissey phase. It's just interesting to me that I'm in new territory regards how I view and listen to him.
The thing is for most of us the man and the music were very much linked. I'm in the Stewart Lee camp, most of my Moz collection is going, will probably get shot this week if I have time.
This isn’t the time for ambiguity, or irony, or publicity-seeking controversy. Those days are gone,...[...] The trouble is, there’s no longer any way to make the case that Morrissey ever meant anything other than what he says.
( https://article50lisbontreaty.co.uk/2017/12/03/can-harry-and-meghan-make-britain-whole-again-stewart-lee-opinion/ )In 2005, the then 20-year-old Prince Harry appeared as a Nazi at a fancy dress party. Perhaps the uniform had been inherited from his great-great-uncle, Edward VIII, who was not averse to a spot of recreational sieg heiling. [...]But Harry knows the power of symbols and he begins the enactment of a healing ritual. Has Harry, ever the self-aware prankster, chosen the tiny St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, as his wedding venue in a coded satirical message every bit as meaningful as the clearly pro-EU hat his grandmother wore at the opening of parliament last June? [....]with a grizzled Britain that, like the Prince himself, could still choose to divest itself of its unattractive fascist garments and begin again.
for those of us who’ve been following and defending Morrissey for 30 years+, I think he’s actually done us a favour with these increasingly ugly pronouncements. At 50 I don’t need to be in thrall to a teenage idol anymore. And neither do you
I don't know who Stewart Lee is. Apparently he's a "centrist dad." Well, heaven save us from centrist dads. I've always found Morrissey to be on the side of the people who don't reproduce, either because they're too hideous and unloveable to find a mate to procreate with, or because they're too misanthropic and don't want to bring another soul into this world to suffer and to cause suffering. "No baby pulled screaming / Out into this seething whirl / By chance or whim / (Or even love)." Centrist dads; how blandly offensive a tribe. Let him get rid of his Morrissey records. Centrist dads, like David Cameron, should be forbidden from liking Morrissey.