Are you serious? This is breaking headline news: Morrissey vs. NME (again).
This is so mentally frustrating for two, brain-bursting reasons:
1) Since when has the NME been known for printing the straight up facts? They are the kings/queens of spinning stories, of misappropriating quotes, of taking things out of context and generally being sensationalist. I don’t know a single artist who comes away after reading a feature about themselves in NME without feeling misrepresented. It happened to Murray a few years back, and Win Butler explains how he also fell victim to NME’s wiles. I guess NME are trying to make the stories catching or interesting to readers but really at whose expense? It’s like the artist is expected to shut up and be grateful for the press.
2) So a deeper examination of the story leads to Morrissey expressing what is a little obvious to an outsider, which is what I like to call a “polite xenophobia” that almost every human is guilty of having felt at one moment or another. And as usual, some public figures get chastised in the media for being a real person with real honest thoughts, which can result in something like this: Morrissey to Sue NME Over Story. So the spicy quote is (apparently):
“Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears. So the price is enormous. If you travel to Germany, it’s still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity. But travel to England and you have no idea where you are”
Dear NME: Have you been to Quebec lately (Pop Montreal doesn’t count)? Have you heard about Bill 101, which since the late 70’s has sought to empower a forced French identity and culture on anyone who wants to live here? Check out the latest, hotly debated Reasonable Accommodation provision going down in Canada, too. What’s the difference between this debate and what Morrissey is suggesting? The wolrd is evolving, the global village asserting itself and homogenising. Canada’s cultural identity and patriotism is already pretty flimsy…I mean the nation is only like 300 years old. Beavers, igloos (which, incidentally, the majority of the population does NOT live in) and maple syrup are basically all we have so we should just hold on to that for as long as possible.
In any event, NME must be loving this, and so too (secretly) must Morrissey’s publicists. Any press is good press, right?