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.