Morrissey compares dead Norway children to fried chicken

Says killings 'nothing' compared to McDonald's and KFC

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Says killings 'nothing' compared to McDonald's and KFC

Morrissey is getting grief for comments about Norway. Photo: mrmatt/Flickr

Singer Morrissey is taking some heat online after linking the recent massacre of dozens of schoolchildren in Norway to promoting vegetarianism.

At a concert in Warsaw, Poland, Morrissey, 52, decided to use his onstage banter to rip into global fast food chains and their practices of slaughtering millions of chickens and cows each year, according to the Daily Mirror.

Morrissey opened the song, “Meat is Murder”, by saying, “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Shit every day.”

The song is the last track on Morrissey’s former band The Smiths’ album of the same name, with lyrics like, “Heifer whines could be human cries” and says the “flesh you so fancifully fry… it’s death for no reason.”


Social networking website Twitter became overrun with tweets blasting the singer for his comments, ranging from mild chastisement like, “Dear Morrissey: Your passion for animal rights is appreciated. Comparing Norway massacre to fast food, maybe to not so much” to the brutal: “Morrissey. Heartless c*nt. Full of existential fear & self-hate so often found in bitter pretentious old queens. Should’ve been bottled off.”

Morrissey became a vegetarian at 11 years old, and has been a long time advocate and supporter of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He’s also drawn fire for statements he made in 2006 in favor of the sometimes violent Animal Rights Militia, and last year in an interview he called Chinese animal welfare conditions “horrific,” adding, “You can’t help but feel the Chinese are a subspecies.”

A spokesperson for Morrissey said the singer is declining comment.

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  • Kevin

    What a shock! He’s a douchebag even when he’s irrelevant!

  • real

    I agree with him…you probably have no idea how animals are treated.

  • Mia

    I agree with him to….I understand what he means…all hunters and butchers are serial killers!! Om man tar illa upp för det han säger så är det för att man själv har en fascistisk djursyn!!

  • Karmah

    His remarks were right on target! Those chickens’ lives are precious to them, too…Just like the children. And just like the children, the chickens have their lives cruelly stolen from them for STUPID reasons.

    Thank you, Morrissey, for having the courage to make the connection!

  • J

    Give your head a shake people, an animals life is not even close to being worth the same as a humans, comparing this massacre to the plight of fried chicken is nothing short of insanity. I dare any of you who say you admire this man’s delusional bravery, to tell the parents of those murdered children that their kids lives were worth about the same as a bucket of KFC Chicken!! Did you Peta supporters even know that your so called defender of animals put down 25,000 healthy adoptable dogs & cats? the way Peta saves animals is to euthanize them, do the research on it.


  • Chris G

    I think it’s great that he said this. At least people are thinking about these issues (even if most of the retaliatory comments come from people who don’t particularly think clearly). As Charles Darwin said, “the difference in mind between man and the higher animals, great as it is, certainly is one of degree and not of kind”.