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File under “epic self-pity” August 11, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Isn’t this telling, from a short while back:

Billy Bragg has condemned Morrissey for sharing a video from a YouTube channel that argued that the British establishment is using Stormzy to promote multiculturalism at the expense of white culture. The video, which has since been removed, contrasted the positive critical response to Stormzy’s headline set at Glastonbury with headlines detailing Morrissey’s support for far-right groups. Morrissey posted it on his de facto website, Morrissey Central, under the title: “Nothing But Blue Skies For Stormzy … the gallows for Morrissey”.

So, Moz (does anyone call him that?) can be filed along with Tommy Robinson in the self-pitying category of those who are supportive of or active in the far-right. I have to say I really like Bragg’s analysis of the dynamics at work here:

Morrissey has claimed that the media who report on his views are pursuing a vendetta against him. In an interview posted on Morrissey Central, he said that “as a so-called entertainer, I have no human rights”.
Bragg described this as a “ridiculous position made all the more troubling by the fact that it is a common trope among rightwing reactionaries. The notion that certain individuals are not allowed to say certain things is spurious, not least because it is most often invoked after they’ve made their offensive comments. Look closely at their claims and you’ll find that what they are actually complaining about is the fact that they have been challenged.”

This is seen time and again in these instances where there are incessant complaints about a lack of freedom of speech, which in an internet and social media world are utterly spurious, and indeed the real complaint is that other take a different view or will critique and criticise their views.

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