Morrissey, who normally is very anti-establishment, has taken a fairly odd and, in some ways, shocking, position on the current sexual abuse scandals.
The singer talked with the German paper Spiegel and the subject of the Hollywood scandals came up. He started by overly simplifying the charges being made, complaining that “Anyone who has ever said to someone else, “I like you,” is suddenly being charged with sexual harassment.”
While the charges being made are far, far more serious that this simplification, he did go on and qualify things by adding “Of course, there are extreme cases, rape is disgusting, every physical attack is repulsive.”
Then, things went much farther off the rails with Moz trying to blame the parents of the 14-year-old boy in the Kevin Spacey case for the situation.
As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old. Kevin Spacey was 26 and the boy 14. He was wondering where the boy’s parents were. One wonders if the boy did not know what could happen.
I do not know about you, but I’ve never been in situations like this in my youth. Never. I always knew what could happen. When you are in somebody’s bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to. That’s why it does not sound very credible to me. It seems to me Spacey has been unnecessarily attacked.
Morrissey didn’t address the other allegations against Spacey.
He then went on to basically “slut shame” those who have come out with incidents against Harvey Weinstein, in essence saying they are saying they were attacked because their careers didn’t go the way they felt they should have.
People know exactly what happens. And they play along. Afterward, they feel embarrassed, or they do not like it. And then they turn it around and say: I was attacked, I was surprised, I was dragged into the room. But if everything had gone well and had it given them a great career, they would not talk about it. I hate rape. I hate attacks. I hate sexual situations that are forced on someone. But in many cases, one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person referred to as a victim is merely disappointed.
He capped his tour de force off with the revelation that everyone in history qualifies as a pedophile.
Throughout the history of music and rock ‘n’ roll there have been musicians who have slept with their groupies. If you go through history, almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors.
It looks like Morrissey needs to stick with political ranting.