Here are 25 rock stars who have opened their traps without thinking first. By Dan Stubbs
In typically outspoken form, Morrissey once said the murderous actions of Norway gunman Anders Breivik are “nothing” compared to the evils of the fast food industry. “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 dead,” said the singer onstage in Warsaw. “Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Shit every day.”
50 Cent made a right numpty of himself a while back when he made crass comments about the Japanese tsunami via Twitter. “Wave will hit 8am them crazy white boys going to try to go surfing,” he wrote, before admitting he’d written it for “shock value”. Here are a few other ill-advised/dumb pop star outbursts…
Nicky Wire: “In this season of goodwill, let’s pray that Michael Stipe goes the same way as Freddie Mercury pretty soon.” Jaws dropped at a 1992 gig at London’s Kilburn National Ballroom. He later explained, “I don’t detest REM or Michael Stipe, I was just trying to put across the point that there are so many diseases in the world. Everything gets misconstrued when you’re on stage.”
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Britney Spears: “I get to go to lots of overseas places, like Canada.” Geography isn’t the girl’s strongpoint – she once said she’d like to do musicals “somewhere small, like London or England,” and on another occasion said, “I’ve never really wanted to go to Japan, simply because I don’t like eating fish, and I know that’s very popular out there in Africa.”
Brett Anderson: “I’m a bisexual man who’s never had a homosexual experience”. He clears up the question of his ambiguous sexuality in a 1992 Melody Maker interview – kind of. The comment prompted the band’s openly gay drummer, Simon Gilbert, to state that he was “a bisexual man who has never had a heterosexual experience.”
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Liam Gallagher: “I’m not frightened by [extra-terrestrial life]. I’m as smart as them. Probably thick as fuck, aren’t they? Big goggly-eyed big heads, man, they haven’t got a fucking clue. I’d do their fucking heads in, them aliens, man. They’d be like, ‘Farking hell, farking hell! Let’s get back to Planet Knob.” Explains the past 14 years of alien invasion-free security.
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Lee Ryan, Blue: “This New York thing is being blown out of proportion… What about whales? They are ignoring animals that are more important. Animals need saving and that’s more important.” He talked about 9/11 in September 2001, to the horror of his bandmates. Ten years later, he’s representing us at Eurovision – let’s hope it passes without a major diplomatic incident.
Bob Dylan: “I hate to see chicks perform. Hate it… Because they whore themselves. Especially the ones that don’t wear anything. They fucking whore themselves.” He let rip on female singers in a 1987 Rolling Stone interview. Presumably, this viewpoint led to some interesting dinnertime discussions with his ‘60s paramour, singer Joan Baez.
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Bryan Ferry: “The Nazis knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves. Leni Riefenstahl’s movies and Albert Speer’s buildings and the mass parades and the flags – just amazing. Really beautiful.” So said the Roxy Music man in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. He later apologised.
Brian Harvey, East 17: “If it makes you feel better, and gives you something to do at the weekend, and you go out and have a good time, I don’t see why not, because life’s too short.” He extols the virtues of ecstasy during a 1997 radio interview in which he boasted he’d taken 12 pills in one night. The singer was swiftly ejected from the London-based boyband.