Morrissey issues new statement about controversial Kevin Spacey and Donald Trump comments

The Smiths frontman refutes 'Der Spiegel' quotes

Morrissey has issued a new statement after recently making headlines with controversial comments made in the press.

The former Smiths frontman made headlines in November after appearing to defend shamed actor Kevin Spacey, claiming that the star had been “attacked unnecessarily” over sexual assault allegations. He was also quoted as saying that he would kill “vermin” Donald Trump “for the safety of humanity”.

Now, Morrissey has claimed – for a second time – that he was misquoted by the German publication Der Spiegel, refuting many of the things he was quoted as saying in their interview.

“A few weeks ago I foolishly allowed Germany’s Der Spiegel into my life,” Morrissey says. “Since they eagerly flew from beloved Berlin to beloved Los Angeles in order to talk and laugh, I assumed a common understanding.”

The singer then goes on to refute many aspects of the published interview, saying: “Would I kill Donald Trump? No, never. Would I support Kevin Spacey’s private proclivities? No, never. Would I ever support abuse of children? No, never. Would I support sexual harassment? No, never. Would I support rape? No, never. Would Der Spiegel convey my views fairly? No, never. Would I ever again speak to print media? No, never.”

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Morrissey continues: “In the world of music, as with politics, if you show any signs of being able to make a difference, you will be blocked, and you will have your arms tugged out from their sockets. In the same world of music, if you have nothing to say, if your brain is a mental frost and if your pointless songs are the eyes of a dead fish, then your number 1 position awaits unasked, and your five-star reviews shall keep the press alive. Music is eternity, and the call of 2018 is the time to be new and different. But you must forget the print media who are infatuated with their own reflection and do not want yours.”

“Be eggless and brainless and cloudy and crap, and they’ll usher you through like a little bag of dung. Can you hear the wind between each ear?”

Moz goes on to say that he was denied “unchopped, un-fiddled-with audio” of his interview by Der Spiegel, adding: “Let that alone be your answer”.

Morrissey’s latest album ‘Low In High School’ was released in November. Read the NME review here.