READ Every Single Thing And Person Morrissey Has Publicly Declared He Hates  

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Few celebrities are as vociferously, enthusiastically opinionated as Morrissey, and the celebrated singer/songwriter seemingly spares no one from his caustic sentiments. When he doesn't like someone or something, he isn't shy about sharing his disgust with the world, which means there is a long list of people and things Morrissey hates. Never one to censor himself – as crazy Morrissey stories show – the moody singer often appears to go out of his way to make certain the objects of his scorn know just how despised they are.

And he's unrepentant, too. Even when his animosity is seemingly misguided or even potentially dangerous – as in the case of his feelings toward immigrants, just one of many groups of people Morrissey hates – he has never issued an apology. Whether you love Morrissey's albums or hate them, whether you agree with his views or disagree with them, he always stands by his vitriol.

Elizabeth II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Every Single Thing And Person Morrissey Has Publicly Declared He Hates
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What He Said

"[The late musician] Prince, who made something of his life as opposed to having fortune handed to him, is far more 'royal' than Elizabeth II, and he will be mourned far more than she, for she could never make herself lovable, no matter how many paid and promoted non-stories flood the newspapers of the world. The laughing gulls of Buckingham Palace will never allow you to forget who wields the stick. And, of course, we know very well what gulls tend to do on the people below.

Prince is the royal that people love, whereas Elizabeth II was thrust on the people who have never been asked whether or not they want her."

When He Said It

One of the countless statements Moz has made decrying the British royal family, this came on the heels of musician Prince's death in 2016. The statement was made via a fan site, and in it, Morrissey praised Prince's veganism and his refusal to sell out.

"He would be thanked not only by humans but also animals for living his lyrical life as he did," Moz wrote. "Humans, you see, are not the world."

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Prince William, Duke of Cambri... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Every Single Thing And Person Morrissey Has Publicly Declared He Hates
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What He Said

"William the Terrible: idiot eternal."

When He Said It

The above was the title of a piece Morrissey wrote for a fan site in 2016. In it, he criticized Prince William for hunting, or, as Moz put it, killing "old, infirm animals."

"He claims it is okay if the animal is infertile or past its best. Since all of these terms apply to 'the Queen,' is William suggesting that she, too, should be shot?" he wrote. In 2012, shortly after William and Kate Middleton married, Morrissey had his whole band wear shirts proclaiming, "We Hate William and Kate."

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Every Single Thing And Person Morrissey Has Publicly Declared He Hates
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What He Said

"I wouldn't be surprised if [Madonna] made that African boy into a coat and wore him... for 15 minutes, and then threw it away."

When He Said It

Morrissey took the jab at Madonna during one of his 2008 concerts. This was around the time Madonna's adoption of her son David – who is from Malawi – was finalized. The quote is a reference to Madge's affinity for wearing fur, which the militantly anti-fur Morrissey vehemently opposes.

He also took issue with her performance at the 2015 Brit Awards, saying, "Thus, for 2015, we have MacDonna [Madonna], who had a quiet 2014... yet here she is again promoting her frightening career on the Brit Awards even though her music has not ever said anything at all about British life."

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Immigrants is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Every Single Thing And Person Morrissey Has Publicly Declared He Hates
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Immigrants


What He Said

"England is a memory now. The gates are flooded and anybody can have access to England and join in.

Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears. So the price is enormous. If you travel to Germany, it’s still absolutely Germany. If you travel to Sweden, it still has a Swedish identity. But travel to England and you have no idea where you are. It matters because the British identity is very attractive. I grew up into it and I find it very quaint and amusing. Other countries have held on to their basic identity, yet it seems to me that England was thrown away.

You can't say, 'Everybody come into my house, sit on the bed, have what you like, do what you like.' It wouldn't work."

When He Said It

A 2007 interview with NME included Morrissey's polarizing opinions on immigration, which incited a massive uproar and claims the singer is racist. His parents, incidentally, were Irish immigrants to England, and Moz himself immigrated from the UK to America, then to Italy. In 2016, Morrissey called the controversial Brexit decision "magnificent."