You, ol’ boy, have always been a curmudgeonly, conflicted, narcissistic, arrogant little cunt of a man. A curmudgeonly, conflicted, narcissistic, arrogant little cunt with the voice of a silvery angel, but a cunt nonetheless. And maybe that’s what most people love about you. In an age where most rock stars are just reality-star-husbands-in-training or rehab seat fillers, it’s quite a rarity for a music persona to commit fully to the persona, and completely reject being a real person. So the magical music man that is less a man than an endless well of contradictions can be a welcome reprieve, a thing to be endlessly fascinated by, a mystery perpetually left unsolved: A fay macho-guy. A gaudy, attention-whoring recluse. A bitter-tongued poet. A bleak dreamer. A senescent child.
In the decades that I have followed you and your work, I’ve always rationalized that the element anchoring all of your wild idiosyncrasies–the extreme beliefs and outlandish statements, offensively defensive attitude, insistence on flapping that damn mic cord all around the stage like a lasso while every other performer in the world has gone wireless–was intelligence. You are a self-taught educated man. A smart man. A man of many nuances.
How then, did this comment, made to poet and Guardian writer Simon Armitage, come to pass?
“Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare? Absolutely horrific. You can’t help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies.”
Let’s not even start by saying that this is one of the more loaded statements ever uttered by a Love Hate Music Racism spokesman. Your opinions, based on the cultural behavior of a nation, have caused you to make a categorical conclusion about its people’s biology, assessing a nationality but judging a race. And let’s be real here, when you criticize “the Chinese,” it has much larger ethnic implications –and by referring to the Chinese as a “subspecies,” you basically contend that anything from that lineage (like, say, Chinese Americans) are subhuman.
But really, after all, if you really do empathize with all occupants of the lower taxonomic orders more than the homo sapien, perhaps your affections and sympathies really belong with said subspecies.
Maybe you’re not so smart after all. Or old age also turned that tongue of yours, once a skilled whittling knife, into a dull axe. OR maybe it’s simply too much to ask that someone so averse to being human refrain from dehumanizing others.
Little man, what now?
Thanks, Cate and Anthony!
Filed under: Animal Rights Activists, Drama, Guardian UK, Love Hate Music Racism, Morrissey, Morrissey Calls Chinese "Subspecies", Moz, Mysterious People, Offensive Statements, Rock Stars, Simon Armitage, Taxonomy, The Smiths, Walking Contradictions
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