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Morrissey is an English singer. He was the lead singer of The Smiths and has had a successful solo career.

19 Aug, 2015

‘He put his finger down my rear cleavage’


Morrissey expands on his TSA encounter in an interview with King on Larry King Now.

I had been through the full scanner and I had been through the second bit, so everything was fine and clear, and then he went straight for my private bits and then he put his finger down my rear cleavage.

TSA official:

TSA takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and strives to treat every passenger with dignity and respect. Upon review of closed circuit TV footage, TSA determined that the supervised officer followed standard operating procedures in the screening of this individual.

29 Jul, 2015

Accuses airport officer of sexual assault


Morrissey accuses a male San Francisco airport officer of sexually assaulting him during a search on 27 July:

Before I could gather my belongings from the usual array of trays I was approached by an “airport security officer” who stopped me, crouched before me and groped my penis and testicles. He quickly moved away as an older “airport security officer” approached. The officer who sexually assaulted me was identified as the General Manager On Duty.

He claims the incident was witnessed by two British Airways staff members, who encourage him to file a complaint. Before he does so, he confronts the officer:

Morrissey: You have just sexually groped this man.
Officer: That’s just your opinion.
Morrissey: What you have done is illegal.
Officer: That’s just your opinion.
Morrissey: You have no right to do what you have just done.
Officer: That’s just your opinion.

Apart from “that’s just your opinion”, he would not comment, even though, since the penis and testicles were mine and no one else’s, then my opinion must surely have some meaning. But, of course, what the airport security officer was saying was: your opinion will never count in the eyes of the law.

10 Jul, 2015

Criticizes Smith, Sheeran’s spontaneity

Makes Statement

Morrissey laments the dearth of spontaneous, uncontrolled musicians, citing Smith and Sheeran as examples:

There are no bands or singers who become successful without overwhelming marketing. There are no surprise success stories. Everything is stringently controlled, obvious and predictable and has exactly the same content. So, we are now in the era of marketed pop stars, which means that the labels fully control the charts, and consequently the public has lost interest. It’s very rare that a record label does something for the good of music. Thus we are force-fed such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, which at least means that things can’t possibly get any worse. It is sad, though. There’s no spontaneity now, and it all seems to be unsalvageable.

7 Oct, 2014

Cancer announcement


While on tour in Europe, Morrissey reveals he has gone through a series of cancer treatments.

They have scraped cancerous tissues four times already, but whatever. If I die, then I die. And if I don’t, then I don’t. Right now I feel good. I am aware that in some of my recent photos I look somewhat unhealthy, but that’s what illness can do. I’m not going to worry about that, I’ll rest when I’m dead.

6 Jan, 2014

‘No difference between eating animals and pedophilia’

Makes Statement

In an online interview, Morrissey compares eating animals to pedophilia, claiming both are ‘rape, violence, murder,’:

They are both rape, violence, murder. If I’m introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away. Imagine, for example, if you were in a nightclub and someone said to you, ‘Hello, I enjoy bloodshed, throat-slitting and the destruction of life,’ well, I doubt if you’d want to exchange phone numbers…If you believe in the abattoir then you would support Auschwitz. There’s no difference. People who disagree with this statement have probably never been inside an abattoir.

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