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article imageMorrissey, Argentina and the 'We Hate William and Kate' T-shirts

By Tim Sandle     Mar 12, 2012 in Entertainment
Buenos Aires - The outspoken musician Morrissey has caused a stir on his Argentinean tour with his band members wearing "We Hate William and Kate" T-shirts. This is part of Morrissey's continuing protest about the Falkland Islands.
The former Smiths singer Morrissey has caused a stir on the current leg of his world tour in Argentina. According to Mid-Day, the singer's band wore t-shirts carrying the statement "We Hate William and Kate", remark aimed at the second in-line to the British head of state, Prince William, and his recent wife, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Morrissey asked his band to wear the t-shirts because of the upcoming thirtieth anniversary of the Falklands conflict. The war, in 1982, concerned the invasion by Argentina of the Falkland Islands (or Malvinas Islands, as Argentina names them). The Islands are part of the United Kingdom. The Daily Telegraph recounts that the conflict started on April 2, 1982 and lasted for 74 days. During this time 649 Argentines and 255 Britons were killed.
The Washington Post notes that the appearance of the singer-songwriter's band at his Argentinean concerts proved, perhaps unsurprisingly, popular. with the concert going audiences.
Spinner quotes Morrissey saying at one concert "The Malvinas Islands, everybody knows they belong to Argentina. So please don't blame the British people, we know the islands belong to you." This was followed by a rendition of The Smith's song "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want".
In Morrissey's opinion, the Islands should be handed back to Argentina. The singer is annoyed by a recent display of naval power by the British navy around the Islands and the deployment of Prince William as a naval helicopter rescue pilot. In Morrissey's view, this is a display of provocation. The singer has a long-track record of speaking out, and penning songs, against the British monarchy (such as "Irish Blood, English Heart") and the Prime Minister who authorized the use of British counter-force during the Falklands conflict, Margaret Thatcher (such as the song "Margaret On The Guillotine").
Morrissey's comments and stance has faced criticism from the British media. For example, a Daily Mirror writer stated that the t-shirts were "offensive". The Daily Mail called it an "outrageous attack". The Guardian, in more measured tones, notes that Morrissey's comments come after similar statements from actor Sean Penn and the Pink Floyd 's Roger Waters.
Meanwhile, Morrissey is continuing with his South American tour, visiting Brazil, Peru and Columbia.
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