Published Jun 25, 2019Morrissey has found himself in hotter water than usual recently due to his controversial views on both politics and — as he's just proved yet again — race. In a new interview posted on his website, the former Smiths singer dealt with the whole racism issue by saying, "Everyone ultimately prefers their own race… does this make everyone racist?"
The interview was conducted by Morrissey's nephew Sam Etsy Rayner. While discussing politics, Moz once again voiced his support for Anne Marie Waters, the leader of the For Britain party — a group widely criticized for its anti-Islamist policies and even labelled "Nazis and racists" by fellow far-righters.
In the interview, Morrissey said:
I think Anne Marie Waters is the only British party leader who can unite the left and right. I don't know any other party leader who even WANTS to do this. The UK is a dangerously hateful place now, and I think we need someone to put a stop to the lunacy and to speak for everyone. I see Anne Marie Waters as this person. She is extremely intelligent, ferociously dedicated to this country, she is very engaging, and also very funny at times.
Rayner then states of Waters, "The obvious press assessment is that she is racist, but I haven't heard her say anything racist."
Morrissey then replied with the following:
Neither have I. But if you call someone racist in modern Britain you are telling them that you have run out of words. You are shutting the debate down and running off. The word is meaningless now. Everyone ultimately prefers their own race … does this make everyone racist? The people who reduce every conversation down to a matter of race could be said to be the most traditionally 'racist' because everything in life is NOT exclusively a question of race, so why make it so? Diversity can't possibly be a strength if everyone has ideas that will never correspond. If borders are such terrible things then why did they ever exist in the first place? Borders bring order. I can't see how opposing Halal slaughter makes me racist when I've objected to ALL forms of animal slaughter all of my life.
You can read the entire interview here and make up your own mind about Morrissey's views on race.
For those who haven't already got a refund, Morrissey is scheduled to play a series of postponed Canadian tour dates later this year in support of his recent California Son album. Exclaim! gave the album a 1 out of 10.