Watch Morrissey´s performance of ‘Kiss Me A Lot’ on Jimmy Fallon
Watch this funny old geezer make a performance at Jimmy Fallon yesterday. We wonder if he made the audience and Jimmy to throw away all meat and brush their teeth as well?
Morrissey is an advocate for animal rights and a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In recognition of his support, PETA honoured him with theLinda McCartney Memorial Award at their 25th Anniversary Gala on 10 September 2005. In 2012, he appeared in a PETA ad campaign, encouraging people to have their dogs and cats neutered to help reduce the number of homeless pets.
In January 2006, Morrissey attracted criticism when he stated that he accepts the motives behind the militant tactics of the Animal Rights Militia, saying “I understand why fur-farmers and so-called laboratory scientists are repaid with violence—it is because they deal in violence themselves and it’s the only language they understand”.
Morrissey has criticised people in the UK who are involved in the promotion of eating meat, specifically Jamie Oliver and Clarissa Dickson Wright – the latter already targeted by some animal rights activists for her stance on fox hunting. In response, Dickson Wright stated, “Morrissey is encouraging people to commit acts of violence and I am constantly aware that something might very well happen to me.” The Conservative MP David Davis criticised Morrissey’s comments, saying that “any incitement to violence is obviously wrong in a civilised society and should be investigated by the police”. On 27 March 2006, Morrissey released a statement that he would not include any concert dates in Canada on his world tour that year—and that he supported a boycott of all Canadian goods—in protest against the country’s annual seal hunt, which he described as a “barbaric and cruel slaughter”.
In 2009 he briefly abandoned the main stage at the Coachella Festival, which was situated next to the food concession area. Upon his return he said, “The smell of burning animals is making me sick. I just couldn’t bear it.”
At a concert in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday, 24 July 2011, Morrissey caused more controversy when stating “We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown, with 97 [sic] dead. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried Shit every day”, in reference to the recent attacks of Anders Breivik in Norway on 22 July, which resulted in the killing of 69 people who were attending a Youth Labour Party camp on Utøya Island, and eight people working in and around a government building which was bombed. His statement has been seen as crude and insensitive. Morrissey later elaborated on his statement, saying, “If you quite rightly feel horrified at the Norway killings, then it surely naturally follows that you feel horror at the murder of ANY innocent being. You cannot ignore animal suffering simply because animals ‘are not us.'”
In February 2013, after much speculation, it was reported that the Staples Center had agreed for the first time ever to make every vendor in the area 100% vegetarian for Morrissey’s performance of 1 March, contractually having all McDonald’s vendors close down. In a press release, Morrissey stated, “I don’t look upon it as a victory for me, but a victory for the animals”. The request was previously denied to Paul McCartney. Despite these reports, the Staples Center retained some meat vendors while closing down McDonalds. Later in February, Morrissey cancelled an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after learning that the guests for that night also included the cast of Duck Dynasty, a show about a family who create duck calls for use in hunting. Morrissey referred to the cast as “animal serial killers”.
He has stated that “If anyone has seen the horrific and unwatchable footage of the Chinese cat and dog trade – animals skinned alive – then they could not possibly argue in favour of China as a caring nation. There are no animal protection laws in China and this results in the worst animal abuse and cruelty on the planet. It is indefensible”.
In 2014 Morrissey stated that he believed there is “no difference between eating animals and paedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder.”
In 2014, the PETA worked with animator Anna Saunders to create a cartoon called “Someday” in honor of Morrissey’s 55th birthday. It contains Morrissey’s song “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday,” and highlights the journey of a young chick.