Morrissey interview in El Mundo (Spain); cancer treatment mention

An anonymous person writes:

'Ya descansaré cuando esté muerto' - El Mundo

Notice this: "Me han raspado tejidos cancerosos en cuatro ocasiones ya, pero qué más da"-->using google translator: "I have been scraping cancerous tissues four times already, but who cares"



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You know, it's amazing---out of the countless articles I've read reporting that Morrissey has received "cancer treatment," I haven't seen one single mention of a journalist actually reaching out to contact him directly. In a situation like this, it seems like the most obvious thing to do from a journalist's perspective, but apparently no one has had the sense to actually attempt to contact Morrissey for a statement.
It's mind-boggling. I just read a piece in TIME which was simply a regurgitation of the original story, with the bold, uncorroborated, unsubstantiated title "Former Smiths Singer Morrissey Reveals His Battle With Cancer". TIME, ffs.
 
Re: Apparenty it's cancer.

shit man, this expalins a lot :eek: sometimes its nice to know the facts :straightface:
though I do understand his desire to keep some part of his life private :o
 
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I'm surprised really ! That Mike Joyce has not been named as the reason behind his cancer

Benny-the-British-Butcher
 
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Re: Apparenty it's cancer.

I think this is correct - we know Morrissey had Barrett's Esophagus and this can lead to cancer of the Esophagus (risk is slightly higher than for those without Barrett's). But it is early to go straight to "he is dying of cancer". This page has lots of useful info: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/abo.../cancer-questions/what-is-barretts-oesophagus
Here is another useful page about Morrissey's various ailments, and how the treatments for them came about:

http://www.understandinganimalresea...03/what-difference-does-animal-research-make/
 
Re: Apparenty it's cancer.

If he doesn't technically have cancer I hope he has the good sense to clear that up considering all the well wishes and prayers and fellow artists offering support, etc, etc, etc.. What if he rally got cancer some day?

He's the boy who cried Wolfgang, not the boy who cried wolf.
 
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Re: Apparenty it's cancer.

If he doesn't technically have cancer I hope he has the good sense to clear that up considering all the well wishes and prayers and fellow artists offering support, etc, etc, etc.. What if he rally got cancer some day?

He's the boy who cried Wolfgang, not the boy who cried wolf.
Me must know there's headlines everywhere, even on BBC saying "I've been treated for cancer, if I die, I die"

I'm sure his mum has seen them. Celebrity well-wishers are coming out now. He needs to release a statement-people are freaking out.
 
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Re: New interviw: El Mundo (Spain) I have been scraping cancerous tissues four times already, but wh

Sorry for the delay, these things take time. Brushed-up translation of the interview below:

“I'll rest when I'm dead”
  • “I do not hate people, I am a kind and sensitive man”
  • “I cannot stand David and Victoria Beckham”
  • At age 55, the English musician prepares his first novel
JAVIER BLÁNQUEZ Barcelona
6 October 2014

Steven Patrick Morrissey (1959) is one of those people who divide the world in two: those who worship him as one of the most brilliant pop living composers of the 20th century - the legacy of The Smiths continues unfading 30 years later - and those who disparage him for never having reached the height in his solo career, and instead of cultivating his musical work, devoting more effort to oral invective, the defense of animal rights, and the narcissistic worship of his own figure, for which he has earned being labeled as bigmouth on more than one occasion.

But Morrissey is again active and on several fronts: his Autobiography (Penguin Classics, 2013) already published in England, he’s writing his first novel, he has a new album since the spring - the tenth solo album, World peace is none of your business - and starts his new European tour next week beginning in Lisbon (October 6) and stops in Madrid (October 9, Barclaycard Center) and Barcelona (October 10, Sant Jordi Club). Before starting rehearsals, Morrissey agreed to answer some questions and, as always happens when he opens his mouth, every statement is an atomic bomb.

Q: You signed with the Harvest label to release this album, and a few weeks after its publication they dismissed you. What happened?

A: The usual, that no label that I have been on has been capable of bringing my music to the public. There was no kind of promotion, they always kept me hidden, and even so we have sold quite well. I complained about the treatment and the owner, Steve Barnett, decided to dismiss me. He does not like for artists to think. It was stupid, but his ego seems to be more important than the proper functioning of his business.

Q: You have always defined yourself as a self-sufficient man. You don’t need any social contact?

A: I have no social life, I don’t need it. I live quietly in solitude. Fun is an artificial construct, and if you don’t have a sex life (and I have none at all) it is impossible to deal with people, because people only talk about sex. If you do not have a partner, people look at you suspiciously.

Q: After writing your autobiography, you are now preparing your first novel. When will it be completed and what can you tell us about it?

A: It's coming along well, but it would be presumptuous of me to talk about something that is not finalized yet. It will probably be published next year and with luck I will be able to stop singing forever, which would make many people happy!

Q: The lyrics of your songs have a high poetic tone, but perhaps, for what it’s worth, prose would be something that suits you better. It would permit you to dedicate yourself to it completely and be a recluse, which is what you aspire to.

A: I understand well why many writers are lock themselves away forever. With their words they can recreate the actions that they couldn’t develop in real life, and not because they were dysfunctional, but because the human race is not empathetic all. To make true friends can take a lifetime, and at the same time, the more you know a person, the more they disappoint you. They say we are a civilized species, but I insist, turn on the television and you will see what we are: a bunch of crazy people in a global insane asylum.

Q: In one of the songs from the new album, The bullfighter dies, you condemn bullfighting. Will you take advantage of the concerts in Spain, especially in Madrid, since in Barcelona they are already abolished, to emphasize the issue?

A: The song itself says it all. Bullfights are completely unfair, because there is no real fight [Author’s note: in English it is said bullfight; 'fights with bulls']. The animal receives only punishment and ridicule, and is not given any option to fight. It's like those people who say they are hunters, like your King Juan Carlos, but all they do is shoot quietly from afar. It is cowardly and barbaric. Even a four year old child could do that. People who are cruel to animals often are so with people as well. King Juan Carlos had to have gone to jail for killing elephants, which is a protected species. It's what the law says. Why not him?

Q: In his defense of the rights of animals, is there any gray scale? Would you accept, for example, horse racing, or does that also seem cruel to you?

A: Animals are not something to be used for fun. Horse racing is also cruel: if a horse does not perform well in the race, the next day he is shot and killed. Why not the rider? He is as much to blame for the failure as the horse. Being human means to respond automatically to suffering. But some people do not respond. Queen Elizabeth II is fond of racing. Princess Anne eats horse meat and advocates the extermination of badgers. Princes William and Harry shoot everything that moves. The British Royal Family is obsessed with weapons and death.

Q: Why do you prefer cats among all animals?

A: They are independent, consistent and intelligent. Unlike dogs, they do not need you to pay them attention all the time. Most animals only ask for love and nothing else. When cows are taken to the slaughterhouse they beg for their lives sucking the hands of the men who are going to kill them. You will never see that in an ad for McDonalds.

Q: You spoke in favor of the “Yes” vote in the referendum in Scotland. Were you disappointed in the “No” victory?

A: Yes, because I like people to rise up against regimes. The BBC did everything possible to tilt the vote toward “No” and never reported on the potential benefits of an independent Scotland. The BBC heavily criticizes Russia and Syria because there is no democracy there, and they do not realize that they promote the same. They showed their horror when Putin sent Pussy Riot to prison for making music against the Government while at the same time preventing my song Ding-dong the witch is dead, celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher, from being played on the radio. They speak in the name of democracy only when it suits them, but when it bothers them they disparage it. They use the word “extremist” only to discredit people they they don’t like.

Q: Are you aware of what is happening in Catalonia? Many people are also asking to vote as in Scotland.

A: I know they have banned bullfighting, so they have all my sympathy. But this topic is not discussed in England and I do not know much more. Nor is it spoken of in the US, because for Americans the rest of the world does not exist at all.

Q: Your fans are worried about your state of health, in recent months you have been hospitalized and have had to cancel several concerts. How are you feeling?

A: They have scraped cancerous tissues from me four times already, but who cares. If I die, then I die. And if not, then I don’t. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in recent photos I look unwell, but that is what illness does. I'm not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I'm dead.

Q: You remain faithful to a very traditional kind of pop and are impervious to technology. Are you worried about becoming an antique?

A: I'm at an age when one should no longer be making music. Many composers of classical music died at age 34. And I'm still here, and nobody knows what to do with me. The audience that I have is very young, which leads me to think that the songs of the Smiths, as with those of the Ramones, are more significant now than before.

Q: In the past 15 years you have played very little in Spain: you did in Benicàssim and in Málaga, a long time ago. Why have you not come more often?

A: They have offered for me to sing in Spain often, and I always ask that they bring me to a theater and not an open field. But they tell me there are no opera houses in Spain. But let's see: And where does Stefano Palatchi sing then? In hip hop clubs? In roadside bars?

Q: In Benicàssim, in your 2006 concert, you performed many songs from the Smiths. Could the same happen in these upcoming shows?

A: I have never ignored that period of my career, I usually play those songs. But the repertoire that I’m going to sing doesn’t matter much, the nights always tend to go well.

Q: Which is the first person that comes to mind that you find particularly odious and useless for the rest of the world?

A: I do not hate people, I am a kind and sensitive man, but I can not stand David and Victoria Beckham. The tragic importance that the British media give this couple is what has made us a nation of zombies. They are nothing, but their egos are abnormally overdeveloped. Victoria never does anything, but she’s always busy, absorbed in her self-worship, like “McDonna” [author’s note: for Madonna, probably]. And her husband, well, he does not know how to speak English and his business is disgusting. He has a line of perfumes that have been previously tested on animals, as if animals are accustomed to wear cologne. Remember: if you buy his aftershave lotion you are supporting animal torture.
after reading this interview, I have come to the conclusion morrissey is the biggest internet troll of us all.

as a cancer survivor, I do not equate "cancer scraping" the same as undergoing chemo and radiation. when you lose the lovely quaff, then we will talk. still wish the old [email protected] well!
 
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I'm really shock to see Morrissey's name on Yahoo Japan landing page for the first time.
YJ launched in January 1996, this is the first time they picked up a Morrissey story in 18 year history.


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Do you really think he'll pull through?

I certainly hope so. Get well soon, Morrissey! <3
 
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I went to bed last night genuinely worried about him. But this morning its different. I guess things have got lost in translation (him speaking English to a Spanish Journalist which was then translated back to English) I think what he's saying is that after his bout of Barrett's Oesophagus last year he's been getting regular tests to check that nothing has developed. Surely if they'd found anything they wouldn't be continuing with tests and they'd get on with treatment.

So, panic over.

He'll be telling us next that he's had a letter from the GP asking him to go for a prostate test :squiffy:

Dave
 
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I love you Morrissey. If touring is engrained in you then we are lucky, but look after yourself as you go. You have left such a mark on me and so many others.
 
Calm down everyone. All we have is a twice translated second-hand interview. I think we'll find the situation is not as has been reported in news outlets around the world.

P.
 
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Calm down everyone. All we have is a twice translated second-hand interview. I think we'll find the situation is not as has been reported in news outlets around the world.

P.
I wish he would clear this up.
 
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Hey, it's a new day and we're all still here! Amazing.

Anyone with a grain of sense will see how ridiculously this news item is being rehashed, after some lazy bugger first found it, probably thanks to this site, and decided it was the scoop of his life. I was born -long ago-, at a time when "journalism" was a profession, maybe not always as respectable as it should have been, but when it didn't consist in surfing/ copying/ pasting, and sometimes running a sentence through Google Translate or Speedy Gonzales, much to the amusement of the multilingual among us.
I don't know, most journalists seem to be 13 years old, nowadays.

Mind you, in a world where artists use the web to find ideas for support acts, t.shirts, and the interpretation of their own songs -without ever admitting it of course-, you'd have to be a dreamer to expect honest information.

Still, I thought that at a certain age and with one throat in the grave, people would have thought twice before being so flippant, and in Spanish to boot. Although that makes it kind of funny.

After all, to you it may just be another day at the beach, but other people actually die from Cancer, Morrissey.

No, the bit that got me was the cows "chupando las manos" bit. Now that was too much. You can't upset people like that. Even if it's true.

But... why should it be?...
 
Hey, it's a new day and we're all still here! Amazing.

Anyone with a grain of sense will see how ridiculously this news item is being rehashed, after some lazy bugger first found it, probably thanks to this site, and decided it was the scoop of his life. I was born -long ago-, at a time when "journalism" was a profession, maybe not always as respectable as it should have been, but when it didn't consist in surfing/ copying/ pasting, and sometimes running a sentence through Google Translate or Speedy Gonzales, much to the amusement of the multilingual among us.
I don't know, most journalists seem to be 13 years old, nowadays.

Mind you, in a world where artists use the web to find ideas for support acts, t.shirts, and the interpretation of their own songs -without ever admitting it of course-, you'd have to be a dreamer to expect honest information.

Still, I thought that at a certain age and with one throat in the grave, people would have thought twice before being so flippant, and in Spanish to boot. Although that makes it kind of funny.

After all, to you it may just be another day at the beach, but other people actually die from Cancer, Morrissey.

No, the bit that got me was the cows "chupando las manos" bit. Now that was too much. You can't upset people like that. Even if it's true.

But... why should it be?...
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Q: Morrissey can you tell us what the song Jack the Ripper is about?

A: Not sure. But I bet the fans know what it is about. Let me check online.
 
Last night I was eating cheez-its in the bathroom for some reason (it was a blur, don't ask, I dunno why I was eating them in the bathroom) and I dropped some crumbs in the sink. This morning the sink was infested with ANTS. ANT is ATN or Etienne or Steven in French. Maybe the press is Morrissey's black mirror eating what little crumbs he's given of some new thing he's interested in?
 

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