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Morrissey Wins Apology in Court for Damaging Article

Music magazine The Word apologized in court to Morrissey for publishing a damaging article following last December's profile of the singer in the New Music Express. As you may remember, Morrissey sued the NME after what he said was a failure to classify his remarks on immigration, in an article which he said amounted to "character assassination."

Morrissey_2The Word's piece was a review of Morrissey's album, which said: "For his waving of the flag (for publicity too, it would seem), for his ingrained habit of paying lip service to anti-racism while talking like an old Tory immigration spokesman, and for his abandonment of everything that made The Smiths a band for outsiders, Morrissey should be ashamed of himself."

According to The Guardian, "[Morrissey's] solicitor, John Reid, told Mr Justice Eady that the closing paragraph could have been construed to suggest that he was a racist, held racist opinions or that - as the child of migrant parents - he was a hypocrite. Reid said that The Word's publisher, Development Hell, in which owner Guardian Media Group has a minority stake, and editor Mark Ellen did not intend the article to have the suggested meanings. Reid added that the firm wished to make it 'absolutely clear' that it dissociated itself entirely from any such inferences. Development Hell's solicitor, Caroline Kean, offered the firm's 'sincere apologies' to Morrissey. Morrissey welcomed the news and vowed to continue his libel complaint against the NME."

Said Morrissey: "I am obviously delighted with this victory and the clearing of my name in public, where it is loud and clear for all to hear. The NME have calculatedly tried to damage my integrity and to label me as a racist in order to boost their diminishing circulation. Word magazine made the mistake of repeating those allegations, which they now accept are false and, as a result, have apologised in open court. I will now continue to pursue my legal action against the NME and its editor until they do the same."

Morrissey accepts 'racism' apology [guardian]

Morrissey to Sue NME for Failing to Clarify Immigration Remarks [tr]

AFTER THE JUMP, the video for "Stop Me".

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  1. uptight bitch, hate him

    Posted by: maxi | Apr 3, 2008 11:04:20 AM

  2. You're missing out Maxi, the man is brilliant. Oh well, more enjoyment for me. :P

    Posted by: schmeckens | Apr 3, 2008 12:12:15 PM

  3. Ha ha, nice choice of accompanying vid. We HAVE heard this controversy before, ad nauseam.

    Btw Morrissey was also accused of pedophilia, early in the Smiths' career, because of some (obviously misconstrued) lyrics.

    Looking forward to the new album this fall!

    Posted by: Miles | Apr 3, 2008 12:18:00 PM

  4. I've lost quite a lot of respect for him, because as one who mocked other bands for "reissue, repackage.." he has been the most blatant act doing exactly that aside from perhaps David Bowie (who has a much longer career to draw from). Releasing yet another greatest hits based on his past two albums, adding two songs to force his most ardent fans to buy it, and using a cover shot that is at least 15 years old is pathetic. He may not be racist, but he's certainly greedy.

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 3, 2008 1:23:08 PM

  5. Hear, hear Paul R. At least Michael Stipe still has integrity (even if he's equally pretentious).

    Posted by: abracadaver | Apr 3, 2008 2:56:04 PM

  6. I agree, the new Greatest Hits album is a bit silly. He has definitely been a hypocrite about "reissue, repackage.." But if you want the two new songs without paying again for a bunch of older ones, there are ways to get them for free...I think this collection is more for his ego, though, than his pocketbook. It collects his UK top 20 singles, and most of those (believe it or not) are from the recent albums, so putting this out is a way of showing that he is more popular now than ever.

    Posted by: Miles | Apr 3, 2008 6:17:51 PM

  7. "Stop me, oh ho ho, stop me..."

    Love that, thank you!

    Posted by: Marie | Apr 3, 2008 8:06:03 PM

  8. King of recycling with nothing new to say. I love the old SMITHS songs, but truly I do wish someone would now stop him, because we have "heard this one before."

    Posted by: Tonic | Apr 4, 2008 9:07:25 AM

  9. Anyhow, being against immigration doesn't make one racist.

    Posted by: Pradeep | Apr 4, 2008 3:09:46 PM

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