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Even after the whole "the Chinese are a subspecies" thing?
In saying that, I don't think Morrissey's racist, I just think he's an idiot.
I couldn't agree more. I adore Morrissey's Smiths work and a sizeable proportion of his solo output but the man is a hypocrite of astronomical levels. It makes me sick to side with NME on this but having read up about the case, I don't really see what he is trying to argue here. If NME can produce the interview tapes, I struggle to see what he can claim defamation on. He's got away with a scattergun policy on controversial and borderline-offensive quotes for years. I think that a trial is the last thing he needs. The last one he was involved with ended with him being labelled "Truculent and Devious" by the judge...
Morrissey - 'Truculent and Devious'
...he may need some extra cash when he loses the case
calling someone racist in a publication as widely read as the nme is a very serious accusation. he just wants a *chance* to clear his name and show that the article distorted his opinion. if you're against this, you're against the basic rules of natural justice.
i don't agree with his comments about "britishness" and stuff but i found it pretty funny that they implied he's racist for wanting to live in a foreign country.
He has views that are probably held by racists but holding those views doesnt necessarily make someone a racist, and the nme didnt let readers decide but rather called him out as a racist
from my memory it was some pretty shitty journalism that painted him as a racist.
and the nme/racism thing he talks about is different, from the early 90s
not sure though
All those posters after it going "he didn't say anything racist there" and you can't even read the last column. I remember reading it when it came out and it was a very awkward read. I'm not even a fan, I thought Morrissey was a twat beforehand but he certainly didn't do himself anay favours. If I remember correctly (and this is the article in question (which I'm pretty sure it is)) NME didn't explicitly call him a racist and were pretty careful about what they did say.
I dunno, who cares. Lock the stupid prick up
but think at the time I thought it did seem to call him a straight up racist, wouldnt be surprised if on re-reading to find they chose their words carefully
to print an interpretation of something someone says as racist even quite/very tenuously?
it damages their reputation. And they have a reputation to damage. That's the basis of all libel.
That immigration is watering down British "culture".
I don't agree with him, but that in itself, is not such an offensive comment, and it certainly doesn't make if racist.
If NME blatantly called the race card on comments such as this - then they probably deserve to be sued.
For the record - I think it is we British who have watered down our own culture. We just got bored with it, and fancied something different.
Ricky Pon Ting
is him doing it knowingly and for publicity, I reckon. I get the impression that he views his profession very much as a career just like a person with a 'normal' job would.
he is not very good at it, he must know his controversial comments have all but ruined his career in the past. I dont think we can know for sure what motivates him to say the stuff he does but to me he atleast seems quite consistent, a maladjust with some extreme and possibly dodgy opinions who cant help speak his mind