Am I the only one here who finds 'November Spawned a Monster' just a little offensive?!
Has Morrissey ever commented on this song?
It's not singing in character. He's throwing demeaning terms like "ugly", "monster", "twisted child" etc, back in the faces of those who have used them, or think them without actually speaking them out loud. But it's also an attack on people who are good-natured and want to help the child ("people discussing me"). It's a provocative, almost belligerent protest against sentimentality.
So would you have a lover who was horribly deformed?
Unless you can honestly answer Yes then you are being hypocritical.
Some people are ugly and their outward appearance will limit the life they can lead. The difference is in this song Morrissey doesn't lie about it. He just accepts it and tries to empathise with it.
I don't think it is offensive, at least not to me, but I can easily see how someone who isn't used to songwriters who 'speak the truth' or spends their time listening to Boyzone might be uncomfortable with it, especially if they're disabled. However, that just means that they have to learn that TALKING about issues IS NOT A BAD THING!
very very trueI've noticed there are quite a few Morrissey fans who like the world all fluffy and pink. They are the sort who go mad over kittens. I wonder how they actually get anything out of Morrissey's lyrics at all seeing as he's never been one to avoid the nastier aspects of life. They tend to be the ones who post on here in shock whenever he says anything remotely sarcastic at gigs as if it's totally out of character. How could lovely sweet Steven say such nasty things.
Just goes to show how we all create our own Morrissey to suit ourselves.