Promoting his new album with an interview in the German publication Der Spiegel, Morrissey decided to weigh in on the harassment and assault scandals rocking the world. Maybe he shouldn't have.
Morrissey first blamed the parents of Anthony Rapp for allowing their 14-year-old son to be alone with a grown man — Rapp alleges Spacey climbed on top of him and attempted to seduce him at a party when the former actor was only 14 and Spacey was 26. Then, Morrissey blamed Rapp himself.
"I don't know about you, but in my youth, I was never in situations like that," said the British singer, who alternatively describes himself as bisexual, humasexual (in love with humans), and celibate. "When you're 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 that Spacey has been attacked unnecessarily."
He added that throughout history "almost everone is guilty of sleeping with minors. Why not throw everyone in jail right away?"
Morrissey also found time to blame the nearly 80 women who've claimed disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein harassed, groped, or raped them.
"People know exactly what's going on and they play along," he said. "Afterwards, they feel embarrassed or disliked. And then they turn it around and say, 'I was attacked, I was surprised.' But if everything went well, and if it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it... But in many cases, one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person who is considered a victim is merely disappointed."
People were not pleased.
Morrissey has lost the fucking plot. Weinstein + Spacey unfairly attacked? For rape, sexual abuse+coercion etc. Fuck U Morrissey! Fuck YOU.
— Garbage (@garbage) November 19, 2017
Morrissey’s new single: “Meat is murder but rape is OK” https://t.co/azXswWkBSy
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) November 20, 2017
Disturbing new evidence emerges that lack of animal protein affects brain function: https://t.co/w6NDB7qGjf
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) November 20, 2017
Morrissey has long spoken his mind about various matters, including championing Brexit and vaguely supporting Islamophobia.