As you may have noticed, Morrissey has been in the news a lot lately, usually for weird reasons, like being rumored dead and for demanding that no meat be served at concession stands for his upcoming show at the Staples Center.
Well, last night Morrissey took his militant anti-meatism/weirdness to another level when he refused to show up for a scheduled performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live because he refused to share the stage with the guys from Duck Dynasty — the A&E reality show about a Louisiana family that makes duck calls for hunters — who he termed in a statement as “animal serial killers.”
The former Smiths frontman and cult indie solo artist was due to perform on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday, Feb. 26, but has canceled his appearance entirely in protest of another guest booked that night: the stars of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.” The reality show follows the lives of the Robertson family, whose successful company makes duck hunting products.
Morrissey, a staunch animal rights activist, issued a statement announcing the cancelation, which read:
“Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ tomorrow, February 26. However, he cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of ‘Duck Dynasty’ will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed.”
The singer added: “As far as my reputation is concerned, I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away.”
Kimmel addressed the issue on his show last night during his monologue, joking that Morrissey “keeps finding new ways to depress us.” He added, “While I respect his stance in this — I really do — there’s a very good reason I didn’t dump the ‘Duck Dynasty’ guys for Morrissey. It’s because they have guns…If Morrissey is this serious about being associated with meat of any kind, he shouldn’t do any television shows, because I guarantee you when he was on ‘Letterman’ last month, there had to be an Outback Steakhouse commercial in the mix, right? And that’s not acceptable.”
For their part, the Duck Dynasty guys handled the controversy gracefully.
“Whoever the guy is, if he wants to eat vegetables, no problem. We don’t mind,” Phil Robertson told Kimmel. “If somebody says, ‘Y’all eat ducks?’ We’re like, ‘Yeah.’ We don’t hold it against him at all. Whoever he is, we love him as our neighbor.”
Here’s video of the interview…