Morrissey has uploaded a lengthy video message outlining his thoughts on the poor performance of new album 'Low In High School'.
The album was released a few weeks back, and received some of the worst reviews of Morrissey's solo career - Clash gave the record 4/10, warning "It's not us Morrissey. It's you".
Stung by the criticism and by the album's subsequent poor chart performance, Morrissey has filmed a video message to fans.
A cross between a State Of The Nation address and the Queen's Speech, the film presents a monologue which veers from media conspiracy to the United States secret service.
The singer gave an interview to German newspaper Der Spiegel earlier in the year, and his quotes referencing #MeToo, Harvey Weinstein, and Kevin Spacey.
"Suddenly, I was sympathizing with sexual harassment. I was apparently sympathizing with paedophilia, I was sympathizing with rape, I was sympathizing with everything that would persuade anybody on the planet to stop listening to me. Of course, none of those assumptions were true. I do not support anything like that. You can hear it even in the tone of my voice."
"However, this is the world we now live in with the print media. It seems to me that, in the first place, they get very angry or very excited if you stop to say something that people are listening to or that reflect the will of the people. They get very nervous. They won’t allow it. They shut it down and so forth."
Morrissey continues: "Also, it seems to me that, in England at the moment, the right wing has adopted a left wing stance, and the left wing has adopted a right wing stance, so everybody’s confused, and nobody seems to know what people mean. This shuts down free speech. This shuts down any open debate about anything. And consequently, we’re all in a mess, and we don’t know where we stand."
"So I fear that the campaign for Low in High School and for the surrounding singles was derailed and damaged purposely by the haters. They’re not listening to the music. They’re not listening to anything, really. They see my name, and they want to get rid of it as quickly as possible. And as I said, in many ways, they do succeed. There’s not really that much you can do about it."
Morrissey seemed to link the interview to a recent interview with the United States secret service following a recent North American flight, saying he was "cross-examined by the American Secret Service, who were very, very nice."
The singer cast doubt on whether he would be able travel freely to the United States ever again, and closed by saying "please, please don't believe what other people say of me" before wishing fans "a Christmas free of terrorism, because these days that's all we can ask for".
Watch the video below.
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