Morrissey has joked that he is now known as “Mad Morrissey” following a string of much-publicised outbursts.
This year alone the former Smiths star has slammed the government, criticised coverage of the Royal Wedding and compared the Norway attacks in July to the actions of fast food companies.
In an interview with Clash magazine, Morrissey was asked whether he felt any of his comments had been misunderstood.
“I think I am officially ‘Mad Morrissey’ now, and everything I say must be ridiculed because that’s one way of NOT dealing with the contents of the actual comment,” he said.
“The Guardian is now like the Sun was in the 1970s: completely intolerant and full of contradictions.
“With the riots recently the media are obsessed with punishment as solution, but no-one has the intelligence to ask why the people did what they did.”
He continued: “We live in very dumbed-down times. Everything - news media, music, music magazines - are presented with the assumption that the people as a whole are utterly thick, so therefore when I say, as I have, that the so-called royals are the most dysfunctional and unpleasant family in British history, no-one asks me why I think this. They simply print ‘Bigmouth Strikes Again’. Oh, I could go on. And do, often.”
Morrissey released his last studio album 'Years Of Refusal' in 2009.
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