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- Posted on Jul 28th 2011 9:30AM by Chris Cope
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As reported by the Daily Mirror, the singer was playing a gig in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday, July 24, when he took to discussing the recent Norway massacre, before playing his song 'Meat Is Murder.'
He is said to have described today's world as "murderous" -- but added that the killing of animals for fast food meat is far worse than the Norway murders.
He said, "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried S--- every day."
Morrissey, however, has no retort to the public slaggings he has received on web forums about his remarks. A spokesman for the singer said, "Morrissey has decided not to comment any further as he believes his statement speaks for itself."
The singer spoke before the death toll in Friday's attacks by far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik was revised to at least 76.
Morrissey, of course, has been known for making a statement or two in his time. As previously reported by Spinner, Morrissey recently wore a t-shirt on stage that read "F--- Morrissey-solo.com" in an effort to publicly slam a fansite that is said to have been overly critical of the singer's more recent output.
UPDATE: Morrissey has issued the following statement:
"The recent killings in Norway were horrific. As usual in such cases, the media give the killer exactly what he wants: worldwide fame. We aren't told the names of the people who were killed -- almost as if they are not considered to be important enough, yet the media frenzy to turn the killer into a Jack The Ripper star is ... repulsive. He should be un-named, not photographed, and quietly led away. The comment I made onstage at Warsaw could be further explained this way: Millions of beings are routinely murdered every single day in order to fund profits for McDonalds and KFCruelty, but because these murders are protected by laws, we are asked to feel indifferent about the killings, and to not even dare question them. If you quite rightly feel horrified at the Norway killings, then it surely naturally follows that you feel horror at the murder of ANY innocent being. You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals 'are not us.'"