Forever outspoken singer Morrissey has made a strong worded
rant at artist Damien Hirst.
Morrissey is one of
the most outspoken vegetarians in the country. As lead singer with The Smiths he
recorded a track named 'Meat Is Murder' which savagely intoned his views on
eating the flesh of animals.
Since then, Morrissey has mainly kept his views to interviews. The singer caused a furore recently when he seemed to condone the actions of the extreme Animal Liberation Front, responsible for violent acts against scientists.
Speaking to artist Linder Sterling recently,
Morrissey was asked
his views on Damien Hirst. A member of the 'Brit Art' movement, the artist is
famed for taking a dead cow, cutting it in half and putting it in a glass
In addition to this Hirst's art has made use of a rotting bull and a dead
tiger shark. Speaking to
Magazine the Mancunian singer seemed revolted by the artist's work.
"I dislike the 'use' of animals in art, such as in the work of Damien Hirst,"
he said. "But in your latest performance piece, 'Your Actions Are My Dreams',
you have a woman serenely sitting atop a calmly satisfied horse, which is, of
course, alive and healthy. Do you agree that Hirst's head should be kept in a
bag for the way he's utilised � and sold � dead animals?"
Linder Sterling seemed to agree with Morrissey. "Dead butterflies, cows,
horses, humans, sheep and sharks � it reads like the inventory of a funerary
Noah. How many halved calves suspended in formaldehyde does the world need? To
my way of thinking, none."
lambasted the media for focussing on Hirst's fortune. "The media obsession with
Hirst's millions, I think, reduces him to mere factory outlet."
Morrissey has been friends with Linder Sterling since the mid 70s, with the pair becoming a fixture on Manchester's post-punk circuit. The Smiths track 'Cemetary Gates' was apparently inspired by their friendship.