Everyone is entitled to his and her own opinion. When it comes to Morrissey, however, maybe he’d be best vocalizing his thoughts into an empty broom closet instead of on the Internet. In a post to his fan site True to You, the English singer took time off from publicy insulting his record label to instead criticize the public’s response to the recent death of actress Lauren Bacall.
“[It was] so sad that her death was overshadowed by that of Robin Williams,” the singer wrote, joining Henry Rollins in not realizing that grieving is an individual experience that shouldn’t be dictated by any one person other than oneself but hey, that’s Morrissey for you: always only thinking of himself. Maybe he could get back to working on that Ramones’ compilation instead of speaking ill of the dead. Oh, and in case you really didn’t get Morrissey’s point, he added the following:
It was Lauren, not Robin, who changed motion picture history.
Read Moz’s full statement below and get ready to shake your head.
I was thrilled beyond words to have met Richard Attenborough, who, of course, played Pinkie in Brighton Rock (1947), a central theme of my song Now my heart is full. When I met Sir Richard he was delightful, and I asked him if Brighton Rockseemed like a hundred years ago. He replied ‘Oh, much more than that …’. I also had the extraordinary pleasure of meeting the recently deceased Lauren Bacall … so beautiful, so cautious … and so sad that her death was overshadowed by that of Robin Williams. It was Lauren, not Robin, who changed motion picture history. Yet modern media has an odd way of forgetting the more senior servers of the arts. Dora Bryan, whom I knew personally in the late 80s, and who also died in recent weeks, had pitifully slim attention from the British news media, yet her talents were a treasured staple of British life throughout the 1950s, 1960s and beyond. Dora had agreed to introduce the Smiths onstage at the London Palladium in 1986, but at the last minute her agent asked for a fee which we, the Smiths, just couldn’t afford. However, in our X-factory society, it seems that anyone who has NOT appeared on Big Brother just isn’t worth remembering by the British media … alas.