I like Morrissey. I like The Smiths. And I like people who stand up for the things they believe in.
But there’s such a thing as tone. And Morrissey’s tone is not…well, it’s just not all that attractive.
Are Beyonce’s custom sneakers made of “calf hair, ostrich, crocodile, anaconda, and stingray skins” grossly excessive? You bet’cha. Do they include skin from the endangered rhinoceros? Not even close.
And yet, that’s what Morrissey told a crowd during a concert at the Staples Center.
Sure, I get what he was trying to say: fueling consumer demand for fur and animal skins can trickle over from cows and ostriches to affect endangered species. And I get that he was speaking to a sympathetic audience.
But dude, there’s hyperbole and there’s misstatement.