Published May 29, 2019Morrissey was not only recently banned from the world's oldest record store, but from train stations in the U.K. Now the ever-controversial Smiths singer has responded to being yanked from public transportation.
In an interview with Music-News.com [via NME], Moz was asked if he had a message for Merseyrail after the rail company recently pulled posters for his new California Son album from stations due to the posters not reflecting its "values."
"It's very Third Reich, isn't it?" Morrissey said of the move. "And it proves how only the feelings of the most narrow-minded can be considered within the British Arts."
He continued: "We are not free to debate, and this in itself is the ultimate rejection of diversity. If you ever see Question Time on BBC1, it is always exactly the same panel. I am afraid we are living through the Age of Stupid, and we must pray that it passes soon. I'm only surprised that Mary Whitehouse isn't on the 10 pound note. But, no, I'm not about to go into combat with Merseyrail … could life get any more mediocre?"
Earlier this month, the vocalist caused controversy by wearing the pin of far-right political party For Britain during a performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon — a move that led to some serious backlash and one very confusing and angry response from the singer.
Of the decision to remove the Morrissey posters from stations, the Merseyrail network previously stated, "Any content used within advertising on does not reflect the organization's values and we apologize for any offence the publication of these posters may have caused."
California Son is out now via Morrissey's BMG imprint Etienne. You can read Exclaim!'s 1 out of 10 review over here.
Morrissey is also scheduled to play a series of postponed Canadian tour dates later this year.