Morrissey, famed English rocker and former lead singer of The Smiths, blasted the "modern loony left" in a recent interview for apparently forgetting that former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler was "left wing."
What else did he say?
Morrissey — full name Stephen Patrick Morrissey — spoke with John Riggers for an interview posted on Morrissey's own site, Morrissey Central, on Monday.
After Riggers asked Morrissey about a "question of racism" that has dogged the musician over the years, the singer gave a full-throated response.
"As far as racism goes, the modern Loony Left seem to forget that Hitler was Left wing," Morrissey told Riggers. "But, of course, we are all called racist now, and the word is actually meaningless."
He added, "It’s just a way of changing the subject. When someone calls you racist, what they are saying is 'Hmm, you actually have a point, and I don’t know how to answer it, so perhaps if I distract you by calling you a bigot we’ll both forget how enlightened your comment was.'"
What does the singer say about the media?
The singer also detailed the reason that he refuses to talk to the media anymore, an action he says has "no point."
"They don’t print what you say, and they print what you didn’t say," he said. "There’s hardly any point in me being there! The function of reporting has disappeared. Now, all journalists are megastars and the only aim of their interview is to express and establish their own personal views, and to hell with whatever the interviewee says."
Morrissey added that the "mainstream media" is only interested in stars who don't offer up controversial political views.
"The mainstream media will only encourage pop artists who have nothing to say," he explained. "We are meant to keep our nose out of politics even though we are all living, breathing humans and as much a part of 2018 life as anyone else."