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Comments: Morrissey vs. NME


To Morrissey:

Good luck on your battle with the NME. You have our support.

Go on making intelligent music that is real and has meant so much to so many people over so many years. For this you will be remembered.

Congratulations on your new deal with Decca. I look forward to your new songs and to seeing you in London next year.

Yours truly,

The Hague, Netherlands

5 December 2007



Thank you for all the beautiful songs. Thank you for the words... Thank you for stopping these atrocious and miserable liars!


Best Wishes from Brasil!!!

Oh... It's a shame, NMEvil!

Hector Lopes
Sao Paulo, Brazil

4 December 2007


Thank you for clearing up the whole stupid NME debacle, not that any of your loyal followers would ever have doubted your position on this subject, but it's always good to hear it straight from the horse's mouth! It saddens me no end that all these years on you still have such a hard time where the Brit press are concerned - please don't ever hold that against those of us who really care about you this side of the pond! Looking forward to seeing you next in Edinburgh in 2008 (saw you in Washington DC in Nov 07 and was amazed to find the passion for Moz is every bit as full on Stateside as I've ever witnessed in the UK!).

Gail Shackley
Lancashire, England

4 December 2007


Dear Morrissey, as an ardent fan of both The Smiths and your solo career, since 1983, I just wanted to wish you every success in your writs against the NME.

Your dignified statement regarding the NME interview goes a long way in wiping the smug grin off quite a few faces in the media who were, and I surmise still are, willing to have your head on a block. I am hoping that the clarification of your thoughts on such matters (as if it were actually needed), finally puts this issue to bed and "critics" can finally concentrate on your music for the first time since 1992.

Good luck.

Jack Hastings
Belfast, Northern Ireland

4 December 2007


I just wanted to drop a line to express my unstinting support for Morrissey in this ludicrous NME business.

Morrissey is one of the most human and humane of artists and public figures around. This is the greatest and saddest irony of the whole sorry nonsense.

The truth will out.

With much love and respect,

Simon Rea
Leeds, England

3 December 2007


I have just read everything about NME after buying the magazine.

When I saw the cover "bigmouth strikes again," I wasn't sure if I should buy it or not. I decided to buy it just because, as a Morrissey admirer, I wanted to have some fresh news about him. Unfortunately, I didn't know about all this mess, otherwise I wouldn't buy the bloody NME. It's a pity that such a famous musical magazine still carries on with bitchy and offensive comments about artists instead of doing good journalism. It seems like NME is getting closer to the Sun newspaper than other more clever press like The Guardian or Q. I personally will boycott NME and stop buying it (even when I don't buy it often) from now on.

I have always been a big Morrissey fan and I still am. One of the things I like about this man is that he speaks his mind out. He says things very often that many people think, but nobody says. The big problem is that we are now living in a society where it is extremely easy to paint someone as racist and political correctness is a way of keeping your mouth shut.

I don't see Morrissey as racist at all by just saying that cities like London are losing identity. It is true, that is happening everywhere. Unfortunately, countries are becoming more and more homogeneous, more mono-cultured, especially in big cities. I hope this nightmare finishes soon and all of you, mainly Morrissey, can go back to normality and carry on with your lives.


Camden, London, England

2 December 2007


I read about the fiasco surrounding Morrissey's comments which have been interpreted by some as "racism" today in a New Zealand newspaper.

What a load of rubbish! There wasn't an ounce of racism in what the man had to say!

What is wrong with being proud of your culture? Of wanting to retain some of the things you cherish in your culture in this age of globalisation and homogeneous blandness? To me that doesn't smack of racism one single bit!

Love and peace to all

Matt Paetz
Auckland, New Zealand

30 November 2007


I would just like to offer my support regarding the recent NME thing.

I have emailed their editor in disgust.

I hope Morrissey knows he has support about this...


Uxbridge, Middlesex, England

29 November 2007


I today made the mistake of purchasing NME to read the Morrissey interview and wished I had not bothered. The NME's article is so obviously a hatchet job and, like this website says, is just a cynical exercise in trying to boost sales.

I think any half-intelligent readers will realise that Morrissey was not being racist, but the attitude that the NME has taken is rather desperate and pathetic. I have sent a response to their letters page, and I'm sure there will be lots of other similar support for Morrissey...

I hope that Morrissey will be informed of such support, and that he realises that not everyone will swallow NME's pathetic line.


Fernilee, Derbyshire, England

29 November 2007


Sadly, we live in a country where even bringing up the subject of immigration can get you into hot water. Whatever happened to the right of freedom of speech?

I will buy this week's NME (it will be my last after being a reader for 30 years) as I have run out of firelighters and the magazine will make a good replacement.

Looking forward to the Roundhouse shows, and seeing the pompous NME humbled.


Rob Sinfield
Stroud, Gloucestershire, England

29 November 2007


I don't see why Morrissey should be ashamed of anything I read in the report of the article on the BBC news website. What he says is absolutely true. A visitor to London could be forgiven for wondering if they'd landed in England or somewhere else - you can't tell where by looking at the people that's for sure. This is a plain and simple fact.

The fact that people say they find this point of view objectionable is a part of the other change in the UK. You can't state the bleeding obvious if it in any way includes people of other races without being called a racist. It's crazy.

Best wishes to you Morrissey and I'm sure most people agree with you.

Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England

29 November 2007


I wanted to take time to defend a man for simply stating facts. First of all if you will indulge me, I am a black, Irish lead singer of an indie rock band - SilverSky - and we are based in London.

Although, it's slightly naive of me to assume that Morrissey needs to be defended or justified - I do this out of respect for a fellow artist, who has inspired me. It seems that certain members of the press are continuously looking to hammer people in prominence for having a view, but I feel that in this case it's more than a view. It's a FACT that if you walk the streets of London you could be anywhere on the planet. It's a FACT that, I myself having lived in Norway, can tell you that there is no doubting where you are when you are in, let's say - Trondheim. What is wrong with stating FACT?!

Anyway - thank you for the inspiration and the honest, forthright views.

...but most of all Morrissey remain true to you..

With love and respect

Peter Smith
London, England

29 November 2007


Tell Morrissey he is spot on and he should tell NME to stick it up their arses. I am married to a Zambian woman and am 100% not racist but what Morrissey is talking about is the erosion of a culture and he is damned right about that.

Matthew Wall
London, England

29 November 2007


I'm not surprised at the uproar surrounding Morrissey's comments. HE SPOKE THE TRUTH!!! But, as expected, any comments on this very true and worrying issue are immediately wrongly condemned as "racist." It really pisses me off that intelligent people cannot comment on what IS a BIG problem in the United Kingdom without being accused of being racist! I hope he stands by his comments which were only HIS views of this problem and is not bullied to retract them.

This country is a joke. I'm fortunate enough to be Scottish and despite living in London for 20 years I have my strong Scottish identity. If I felt the Scottish identity was being lost in the way I've seen the English identity disappear over the past few years I'd certainly be shouting out loud about it.

Well done M....!!!

London, England

29 November 2007


I have just read Morrissey's NME interview, having not been aware previously of the furore surrounding the interview, and it's left me feeling depressed, angry and annoyed at the NME. What a shoddy piece of journalism, from the out-of-context, sensationalist front cover to the patronising and judgmental editor's note ("Morrissey is ultimately just a nostalgic creature who pines for the England of his youth") and the slating commentary. The NME seems to presume its readers cannot read or think for themselves, and if anyone is hell bent on nostalgia it's the NME. It is they who have twisted the whole piece to tie neatly into what they wrongly perceived as racist tendencies in 1992.

The first sentence of the feature made my heart sink - the reference to the court case. What relevance is that to anything? The knives were obviously out. For me, Morrissey simply states the rapid change that's happened to the UK and yes, "Britain's a terribly negative place." As the NME's hatchet job illustrates, you're not allowed to express an opinion in this country, unless it involves celebrities. No one dares to publicly question UK immigration and the effect on British identity, well anyone who has records to sell anyway. I think that's part of why Morrissey is still relevant, because he isn't afraid to honestly state what he thinks and what a lot of people think but daren't say. In no way do I think he is racist or some misguided fool that the NME paints him to be.

I was pleased to see the real story posted on True To You. It shows the NME up for what they really are. And as for that Conor referring to Morrissey as a man in his 50s! He clearly hasn't done his research has he.

On a happier note...I'm ecstatic about seeing Morrissey at the Roundhouse in January - all six nights! I wouldn't bother seeing any other artist six nights in one week, but Morrissey is like no other artist. Thank god.


Wakefield, England

28 November 2007


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