There is a light that should go out: despite providing generations of angsty teenagers with music to listen to while locked in their bedrooms, Morrissey has never been exactly a perfect role model. Despite being a devout vegan, he tends to think crimes against animals are more weighty than ones against humans. His latest cringe-inducing stance: defending alleged sexual predators like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.
Speaking about the allegations against Spacey, Morrissey said that Spacey was "in a bedroom with a 14-year-old. Kevin Spacey was 26, boy 14. One wonders where the boy's parents were," he told TV program Der Spiegel, according to an AV Club translation.
When it comes to Weinstein, Morrissey is even more obtuse in his victim blaming. "People know exactly what's going on. And they play along. Afterwards, they feel embarrassed or disliked. And then they turn it around and say: 'I was attacked, I was surprised'. But if everything went well, and if it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it."
"I hate rape. I hate attacks. I hate sexual situations that are forced on someone," he added. "But in many cases one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person who is considered a victim is merely disappointed."
This man is not quite so charming anymore.