As anyone who's guiltily eaten pre-show Buffalo wings before one of his shows knows, Morrissey does not play in Canada. The former Smiths singer has boycotted since 2006 over what he calls "the barbaric slaughter of over 325,000 baby seals."
More recently, he's focused his protest on one specific person: Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Gail Shea. Shea responded that "Mr. Morrissey and his Hollywood buddies have been brainwashed by decades of propaganda from fringe animal rights groups and radical environmentalists," she wrote. "They should take the time to actually consider the facts, or talk to the people whose lives are affected by the seal hunt, like I have on many occasions, but that might be too difficult to do from the ivory towers of Hollywood."
Shea lost her seat in this week's election to a Liberal candidate coincidentally named Bobby Morrissey, but Morrissey (the British singer) hasn't given up his feud. And as usual, he has no problem couching his animal rights speech in violent gendered language, fat shaming, etc. In a recent post on his website true-to-you.net, Morrissey writes, gloating that Shea has been "culled":
Since Gail Shea thinks it is morally correct of Canada to dispense with unwanted beings by slicing their heads open with an axe, hopefully this same fate will happen to Shea, although given her 78% pork girth it could take nine wielding axemen and at least six daylight hours to finish her off.
It shall be worth the wait for all of us.
Morrissey is just the latest, if most vocal, opponent of Canada's seal hunt. Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara have all voiced their disapproval. But recently we've started to hear the other side from indigenous Canadian artists like Tanya Tagaq, who memorably wore a seal skin cuff to her memorable 2014 Polaris Prize victory. "For some reason there's a level of discrimination happening that one of the smallest minorities on the planet isn't allowed to reap the benefits from their own resources," she told Chart Attack earlier that year. "It just seems like there's a lot of oppression happening from too many sides."
With a Liberal government and a new Prime Minister in Justin Trudeau, it remains to be seen how Canada, or Morrissey, will move on the issue. But don't expect to see Moz play this country any time soon.
— tanya tagaq (@tagaq) April 24, 2014