Morrissey always loves an underdog, it’s just a shame that underdogs for him seems to include sexual abusers like Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein.
In an interview with Spiegel Online (and then translated on Morrissey Solo), the singer shared his views on a number of topics including Donald Trump, walking back his seeming pro-Brexit position a little, and calling Berlin the ‘rape capitol’ because of it’s open borders. Morrissey has a long history of highly controversial and bizarre opinions (in this interview he even briefly suggests anyone in favour of killing animals would also be in favour of the Holocaust), so this maybe comes as no surprise, however, his opinions on the accusations that have swirled around Weinstein and Spacey of late, and on the function of sexual consent, are worrying to say the least.
Mainly focusing on the allegations against Spacey, Morrissey declares them ‘ridiculous’, suggesting that Star Trek: Discovery star Anthony Rapp, who was a 14 year old boy at the time who went to the bedroom of Spacey to watch TV at a party the star (whom he respected, admired and trusted at the time) that he’d been invited to after it turned out all the other attendees were adults, should have expected to be picked up and then laid upon by a drunken, horny Spacey.
“As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old. Kevin Spacey was 26, boy 14. One wonders where the boy’s parents were. One wonders if the boy did not know what would happen.”
Now, whether ‘the boy’ (who again, was 14 years of age) did think sex was a possibility, the fact is he was a minor at the time and Spacey an adult. Moreover, one in a position of power and who should know better than to try and have sex with someone under the legal age of consent. What Morrissey is basically doing here is trying to shift the blame to the victim (and his parents) rather than the perpetrator himself, as though somehow Spacey is not responsible for his own actions.
Morrissey suggests that the overall sex scandal surrounding Spacey, Weinstein and others has become like ‘a play’, and suggests that the definition for sexual harassment has become too broad, and that ‘every person on this planet is guilty’. Continuing on Spacey, the former The Smiths frontman said,
“I do not know about you but in my youth I have never been in situations like this. Never. I was always aware of what could happen. When you are in somebody’s bedroom, you have to be aware of where that can lead to. That’s why it does not sound very credible to me. It seems to me that Spacey has been attacked unnecessarily.”
So it seems that the act of being in ones bedroom alone is enough to mean you must expect them to try and have sex with you, no matter your age. This sounds troubling to say the least, as it’s a bizarre and extremely loose way to look at consent.
However, Morrissey does point out that he is against sexual violence of all kinds, however he believes that occasionally ‘the person referred to as a victim is merely disappointed’.
Add this to the long list of disturbing opinions Morrissey has shared with the world.