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article imageSinger Morrissey branded racist after calling Chinese 'subhuman'

By Stephanie Dearing     Sep 4, 2010 in Entertainment
Singer Morrisey, who once was with the group, The Smiths, gave The Guardian an exclusive interview, published Friday, in which Morrissey thoughtlessly slighted the Chinese by calling them 'subhuman.'
Journalist Simon Armitage wrote up his exclusive interview with Morrissey in Saturday's Guardian, saying (in part): "... It's quickly apparent that Morrissey's wit, articulacy and all-round smartness is always going to mark him out as an oddity in the music business. It's also clear that the sharpness of his tongue will make him more enemies than friends, and his list of dislikes is long. Morrissey on other singers: "They have two or three melodies and they repeat them ad nauseum over the course of 28 albums." Morrissey on people: "They are problems." And on the charts: "Nothing any more to do with talent or gift or cleverness or originality. Every new artist flies in at number one, but in terms of live music they couldn't fill a telephone box." And shockingly, on the Chinese: "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.""
It is not known what news report Morrissey was commenting on, but news reports about the treatment of animals in China have been in the public eye for the past few months. Last month a repot released by Animals Asia about the treatment of performing animals in Chinese zoos caused a sensation with its claims that animals are treated barbarically. The report, coincidentally, received some credence because the Chinese government openly admitted in July that the country is stuggling with protecting animals used for entertainment from abuse reported China Daily.
The Guardian's Amanda Topping wrote that Morrissey has been a long-time vegetarian and animal rights activist, noting this is not the first time Morrissey has been called a racist for something he has said.
Topping said Martin Smith, from Love Music Hate Racism, responded to Morrissey's comment by calling Morrissey a "crude racist." Martin told Topping Love Music Hate Racism would not accept any more donations from Morrissey if Morrissey did not retract what he said or dispute the attributed comment.
According to Topping, Morrissey issued a statement Saturday on the controversy saying "If anyone has seen the horrific and unwatchable footage of the Chinese cat and dog trade – animals skinned alive – then they could not possibly argue in favour of China as a caring nation. There are no animal protection laws in China and this results in the worst animal abuse and cruelty on the planet. It is indefensible."
PETA interviewed Morrissey Wednesday. Morrissey is backing PETA's campaign against IAMS. PETA allegeges IAMS is cruel to animals. During the interview, Morrisey and PETA discussed PETA's use of sex to sell vegetarianism and animal rights among other topics.
Morrissey is known for stirring the pot and courting controversy. In 2006, he was roundly criticized for saying it was okay to be violent with people who conduct animal experiments, reported the Sunday Times.
In 1998, a judge released a ruling in a dispute between Morrissey and his former drummer, Mike Joyce. The original case had been ruled in favour of the drummer by the judge. In his ruling, Justice Weeks characterized Morrissey as ""devious, truculent and unreliable," reported BBC News. Morrissey had appealed the ruling on the basis of that description, but the Court of Appeals held up the original decision.
PETA managed to snag an interview with Morrissey in 1985. During the interview, Morrissey credited his mother for his ardent animal rights opinions and vegetarian diet. Morrissey said "... Eating meat is the most disgusting thing I can think of. It’s like biting into your grandmother."
Morrissey has been accused of being racist off and on throughout his career. The most recent was a case where NME Magazine reported in 2007 that Morrissey had made anti-immigration comments, for which Morrissey threatened to sue the magazine reported BBC.
Morrissey and The Smiths created an album titled "Meat is Murder," released in 1985.
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