23 November, 2017
Morrissey, who normally is very anti-establishment, has taken a fairly odd and, in some ways, shocking, position on the current sexual abuse scandals.
The English singer-songwriter, in an interview to the German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel on November 18, spoke about a variety of topics ranging from his new song, Donald Trump and animal rights to his opinion on the latest revelations of widespread sexual abuse in Hollywood. "Anyone who has ever said to someone else, 'I like you, ' is suddenly being charged with sexual harassment". Of course, there are extreme cases, every physical attack is repulsive.
Addressing Kevin Spacey's headlines specifically, the 58-year-old former frontman of The Smiths called it "laughable" that Spacey was cut from All The Money in the World for Christopher Plummer. Among them is Kevin Spacey's swift fall from grace began after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of making an advance when Rapp was 14 in 1986. "One wonders if the boy did not know what would happen", he said.
I do not know about you, but I've never been in situations like this in my youth. Never. I was always aware of what could happen. When you are in somebody's bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead. "That's why it does not sound very credible to me". On Sunday, actor Terry Crews tweeted a screenshot of an email from Russell Simmons urging him to drop his sexual assault allegations against Hollywood agent Adam Venit.
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Last week, Morrissey did an interview with German news outlet Spiegel Online in which he cast doubt on the veracity of multiple accounts of sexual assault lodged against the media giants. "One wonders if the boy did not know what would happen". And they play along. Afterwards, they feel embarrassed or disliked. And then they turn it around and say, Ive been attacked, Ive been surprised, I was dragged into the room. 'But if everything went well, and if it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it'. I am equally disturbed by the reality that many in our society only want to address sexual assault when they can use it to their advantage against their political opponents.
I believe that the issue of sexual assault needs to be seriously addressed in all cases to which it applies.
He capped his tour de force off with the revelation that everyone in history qualifies as a pedophile. "If you go through the history of music, everybody must be guilty of underage sex, so are you going to throw everybody in prison?"