This past weekend is being hailed as perhaps one of the finest in British sports history, with four gold medals adding to the host country’s already considerable haul. But while his compatriots danced in the streets, Morrissey took time to attack the Olympics in an open letter to members of his fanclub.
The former Smiths singer lashed out at the “blustering jingoism” of the Games, stating that “the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain.” Perhaps he’s upset that the Smiths were left out of the opening ceremony’s soundtrack? Read the full letter below.
“I am unable to watch the Olympics due to the blustering jingoism that drenches the event. Has England ever been quite so foul with patriotism? The ‘dazzling royals’ have, quite naturally, hi-jacked the Olympics for their own empirical needs, and no oppositional voice is allowed in the free press. It is lethal to witness. As London is suddenly promoted as a super-wealth brand, the England outside London shivers beneath cutbacks, tight circumstances and economic disasters. Meanwhile the British media present 24-hour coverage of the ‘dazzling royals’, laughing as they lavishly spend, as if such coverage is certain to make British society feel fully whole. In 2012, the British public is evidently assumed to be undersized pigmies, scarcely able to formulate thought.
“As I recently drove through Greece I noticed repeated graffiti seemingly everywhere on every available wall. In large blue letters it said WAKE UP WAKE UP. It could almost have been written with the British public in mind, because although the spirit of 1939 Germany now pervades throughout media-brand Britain, the 2013 grotesque inevitability of Lord and Lady Beckham (with Sir Jamie Horrible close at heel) is, believe me, a fate worse than life. WAKE UP WAKE UP.”