That sad-sack British crooner Morrissey is a fervent animal right’s activist is a given. That he’s an asshole…well, that’s a given too. But while his activism and assholism have overlapped in the past, Moz seems to have outdone himself recently, this time comparing the deaths of Canada’s seals to the actual fucking Holocaust.
Here’s the deal: Lately the former Smith’s frontman has been raising hell over Canada’s legal seal hunt, declaring the country “fashionably dead” for allowing the hunt to occur, and being called ignorant by Canadian officials as a result. You know, the sort of thoughtful discourse you’d expect to take place between a past-his-prime rocker and a government employee. But then Morrissey had to go and say this in his “True To You” zine (aw cute, Moz has a zine)
Speaking on behalf of [Canadian Fisheries minister] Gail Shea, Sophie Doucet – showing symptoms of the same Shea disorder – stated: “I would urge Mr. Morrissey to consider the impact that his ignorant and inflammatory statements have on the livelihoods of thousands of hard-working men and women in rural communities”. I should remind Sophie Doucet that building and maintaining the Concentration Camps of Auschwitz also provided livelihoods, but this hardly made the Camps warranted. [emphasis mine]
Now I don’t claim I know the first thing about Canada’s seal hunt, but I do know that any comparison between killing seals (something which, by the way, I’m pretty solidly against) and an infamous Nazi death camp is a first class ticket on the USS Godwin to “Oh come the fuck on”-ville .
Or, as The Dude puts it: