Norwegians have spoken out in anger about Morrissey being chosen to perform at next month's Nobel Peace Prize concert in the country, with many refusing to forgive or forget his controversial comments about the Anders Breivik massacre.
The ceremony will take place on 11 December, with The Smiths turned solo icon lined up to perform. However, many have protested the decision after he offended thousands with comments over right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik gunning down and killing 77 people in Oslo and on Utoya Island in July 2011.
Just a few days after the massacre, Morrissey spoke out during a performance of 'Meat is Murder' at a gig in Warsaw when he said the events in Norway were "nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried shit every day."
Morrissey refused to apologise over the comments, but released a statement detailing his upset at the attrocity added that everyone should "feel horror at the murder of any innocent being".
Now, after Norwegian Aftenposten newspaper ran a comment piece declaring that victims of the shooting and many other Norwegians would find the decision to invite Morrissey to the Oslo ceremony 'incomprehensible', people have spoken out in disgust:
“Morrissey doesn’t deserve to stand on a stage in this country ever again,” wrote one reader, while another tweeted "in a bid to further damage the credibility of the #Nobel institution, #morrissey is booked for the Nobel concert!"
However, Norwegian Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad defended the decision, telling The Independent: "We have had for the Nobel Peace Prize concert several hundred musical stars, and many of them have said things which we as organisers strongly disagree wit. They are not receiving the Nobel Peace Prize – they are here to be part of a musical tribute to the peace prize laureate."