It’s official. Canada’s downward spiral begins this week. Morrissey hates us.
In a statement issued via a fan site, Morrissey said: “We will not include any Canadian dates on our world tour to promote our new album.
“This is in protest against the barbaric slaughter of over 325,000 baby seals which is now under way.
“I fully realise that the absence of any Morrissey concerts in Canada is unlikely to bring the Canadian economy to its knees, but it is our small protest against this horrific slaughter – which is the largest slaughter of marine animal species found anywhere on the planet.”
Mr. Harper’s claim that the hunt was economically and environmentally justified was untrue, he added.
And he continued: “Construction of German gas chambers also provided work for someone – this is not a moral or sound reason for allowing suffering.”
“As things stand, Canada has placed itself alongside China as the cruelest and most self-serving nation.”
Morrissey then goes on to ask fans to boycott Canadian goods.
I’m not a fan of the seal hunt, but I really find it insulting and detestable that Morrissey compares this work to German gas chamber construction.
And why take up the fight now… suddenly because several celebrities have decided to take up the cause? This has been a black mark on Canada for as long as I can remember.
Not to say Morrissey shouldn’t protest, of course he should! He should protest all countries that slaughter animals inhumanely – cows, lambs, chickens, goats… the meat/fur industry is ridden with disgusting practices. When you look at it that way, suddenly every country must come under attack.
I think Morrissey’s stance is reactionary and totally counter-productive. Perhaps if he came to Canada and discussed the problem, maybe even handed out pamphlets, set up kiosks at his shows, he could educate and mobilise us as opposed to ostracizing and comparing us to Nazis!
And I also think it’s extremely convenient that his public statement comes just before the release of his new album.
Call me a cynic.