LMHR has every right to be as unreasonable as Morrissey, and to be upset with him.
We have asked LMHR if they will be returning Morrissey's money as they now want 'nothing to do with him'.
Don't hold your breath waiting for the answer.
Reply received by our Kev today:
The money was received in good faith and spent on a specific event two years ago. We are a small underfunded organisation so it would be impossible for us to hand back money that was long since spent on londons biggest anti-racist carnival for 20 years. What we have done is make clear we will now not be working with Morrissey again, due to the racist comments made by him about the Chinese.
2. David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Madness, Siouxsie Sioux and Morrissey weren't actually racists in the first place, rather it was whoever wrote this twaddle and his chums who convinced themselves that a bunch of rock stars practically had KKK robes hanging in their closets because they were (and clearly remain) unable to conceive of any utterance having any other meaning than literalness motivated by the worst imaginable motive. And hardly even that, judging from his inability to even distinguish between "subspecies" and "subhuman".
So.... what is the difference?
Actually, the Nazi term 'untermensch' - 'under-man' - was in currency before they adopted it, and meant various things
Yeah - of course, and the context and intent are provided by the surrounding words. For example, a biologist says something like - "Equus caballus, the true horse, which once had several subspecies..." etc, that would be ok wouldn't it?
But if a rock star says "You can't help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies", then that'd be clumsy racism. I mean, hardly a blanket endorsement of genocide, given that he's not in charge of a world super-power, but nevertheless....
Actually, the Nazi term 'untermensch' - 'under-man' - was in currency before they adopted it, and meant various things - not always in reference to a genetic 'sub-humanity' as such.
The term 'subhuman' is the closest translation of this term with the meaning the Nazis applied to it, with all ambiguity removed, and is exactly the same as 'sub-species' when one is talking about the human race.
Just because Morrissey says it, that doesn't make it alright
- it doesn't benefit him if his fans become apologists for all his errors..
As Jello Biafra sang: "don't just question authority, don't forget to question me".
Yeah - of course, and the context and intent are provided by the surrounding words. .
Everyone makes mistakes when they're speaking with passion about something that angers them
You're just wrong I'm afraid - and the more you defend what he said, the worse it gets. Everyone makes mistakes when they're speaking with passion about something that angers them, but this long drawn-out rationalization of what Morrissey said is something entirely different.
Why do you say things you don't believe? To sound reasonable when all you really want to do is self-righteously proclaim your moral superiority? Hey, I'll help you out. You aren't a racist. You're better than Morrissey. You're better than the fans who defend him. Now maybe it's time to move on?