Morrissey, the former frontman of The Smiths, wore a shirt that said “F*** The Guardian,” the leftist British newspaper, at a show in Los Angeles.
Morrissey wore the vest at his gig at the Hollywood Bowl in LA on Saturday night, a move that many have seen as fighting back against The Guardian and others in the mainstream media who had decried him as a racist.
Morrissey used to be the darling of the political left and newspapers like The Guardian. He is famously anti-animal cruelty, anti-capitalist, and anti-monarchist. Despite this heady cocktail of leftist opinions, Morrissey last year pledged his support to the anti-mass migration and Islam-critical party, For Britain. Led by a former Labour activist and UKIP leadership candidate, Anne-Marie Waters, the party has been labelled “far-right,” but that didn’t stop Morrissey from endorsing them:
There is only one British political party that can safeguard our security. That party is For Britain. Please give them a chance. Listen to them. Do not be influenced by the tyrannies of the MSM who will tell you that For Britain are racist or fascist – please believe me, they are the very opposite!!! Please do not close your mind… They will bring an end to the modern Westminster mania for self-destruction. For Britain is the bulldog breed that will never surrender. Both Labour and Conservatives have already sold you down the river into righteous oblivion. This is my last political strike. No wish to upset anyone! But the time has come to fight, and Labour and the Conservatives have their backs to the sea.
The singer also described the treatment of Tommy Robinson by the media as “shocking,” and wore a For Britain pin badge during his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. All of this was, of course, unacceptable to the globalist establishment, and they began to attack him. Writing in The Guardian, Tim Jonze claimed that Morrissey fans felt “betrayed”:
To see Morrissey embrace the far right so openly was shocking… What a tragedy it is that a man who once seemed so uniquely placed to offer solace to people during their loneliest and most difficult moments has turned into this – a supporter of those who seek to crush the very weaknesses and sensitivities he once identified with. As Bragg tweeted last year, summing up the singer’s depressing descent: “There was a light, but it has now gone out.”
The newspaper then proceeded to give his newly released album, California Son, a measly one star out of five, claiming that after his endorsement of For Britain, the album could only be seen in a “chilling light.”
In a post to his website in May, Morrissey shot back, and said the The Guardian had orchestrated a “hate campaign” against him:
It is worth noting that their chief antagonist in this Hate Campaign is someone I took to court some years ago for writing lies about me. He lost his court battle then, and now he’s seeking his personal revenge by using The Guardian, who have been harassing everyone and anyone connected with my music imploring them to say something terrible about me for print. This is the open face of Soviet Britain. Please do not buy this wretched hate-paper, whose every 2019 utterance echoes the late Mary Whitehouse. It is the voice of all that is wrong and sad about modern Britain.
Many fans stood by Morrissey in his fight against the lying mainstream media:
Laughable that so many Guardian readers have stopped listening to The Smiths cos they disagree with Morrissey's politics.
Sad bastards are reduced to listening to Billy Bragg and pretending he's a better artist now. pic.twitter.com/IYpzbngdqT
— Alf Garnett (@FunnyAlfGarnett) October 28, 2019
The vile fake news factory known as the Guardian has been gunning for Morrissey because he doesn't follow their pathetic politically correct agenda. But the British music legend isn't backing down – keep fighting @officialmoz, the majority of Brits hate them too!
— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) October 28, 2019
FUCK THE @guardian –
— FȺɃƗȺN (@H0ldenM0rrissey) October 27, 2019
Negative #Morrissey articles are all the same. "I don't agree with him, I disown him waaah…" People are so weak they can't accept others are allowed a different opinion.
Diversity of opinion leads to conversation & knowledge
Cancel culture is filled with adult-sized toddlers pic.twitter.com/nFDBCEgj6c
— Fiona Dodwell (@Angel_Devil982) October 25, 2019
At the start of October, Morrissey ejected a man from one of his concerts in Portland, Oregon, for holding up a sign with the For Britain logo crossed out. “Let’s be quite frank. When you or the sign are removed, I will continue,” he shouted. “Otherwise, get out. Now.” He then continually repeated saying “Go! Goodbye! We don’t need you!” until the man finally left.