Morrissey on music, the royal prank
Tue, 11 Dec 2012 11:25p.m.
By Ali Ikram
Morrissey has spoken out about, among other things, how the Duchess of Cambridge is to blame for the death of a nurse who took a prank phone call.
He rose to fame 30 years ago as the frontman of classic indie band The Smiths - your average celibate, vegetarian, royal-hating pop star.
Now Morrissey is back in New Zealand to play here for the first time in 20 years and did an exclusive performance and interview with Ali Ikram.
Morrissey, 53, whose real name is Steven Patrick Morrissey, talked to Nightline about his music, the royal prank phone call and his South American fan base.
He says the British royal family is a dictatorship.
“It’s difficult not to see them as a dictatorship, what else are they?”
And he had to give his opinion on the death of a nurse who took a prank call from two Australian radio DJs.
“There is no blame placed on Kate Middleton who was in that hospital, as far as I could see, for absolutely no reason. She feels no shame about the death of this woman.
“The arrogance of the British royals is staggering. And why it’s allowed to be I really don’t know.”
Morrissey questioned whether the Duchess needed to be in hospital.
“Does she have a health condition? Is it anorexia or is it a pregnancy, we don’t know. Well what is the health condition, I mean morning sickness already? So much hoo-ha then suddenly [she is] as bright as a button?”
“I’m sure the palace and Clarence House put maximum pressure on this poor nurse, of course that’s kept away from the press.”
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19/12/2012 1:10:33 a.m.
The Australian radio station sanctioned and used its prank. False calls prying into patients conditions are totally reprehensible and akin to phone hacking.The death of the nurse taking the call and passing it on under deception is a mystery. Perhaps an Eastern loss of face, though this should be unlikely for Catholics. The suspicion of pressure by authority,whether the royal staff or the hospital,lingers. It is not the fault of the Duchess, herself a victim.
18/12/2012 3:30:30 p.m.
I really enjoyed this in interview. I have watched it several times already. Morrissey is so funny. It was a bit over the top to suggest that Kate Middleton was responsible for the nurses death, however, he makes valid points about the royals. He may come off a bit nutty but it is part of his gift and genius.
16/12/2012 2:40:09 p.m.
Agree with Jaycee's opinion:Mrs. Saldana's got her last straw from the prank but nobody - of the mentioned - is to be blamed for. Deeds none is aware of put a person on the edge. Sorry for the family.
15/12/2012 12:02:38 p.m.
What a total self absorbed A-hole
15/12/2012 7:20:18 a.m.
This Charming Man - perhaps not so much anymore
14/12/2012 5:48:18 a.m.
what a load of old codswallop! I'm no royalist, but damn it all how the hell can Morrissey know what someone else is thinking?
How can anyone know the reactions of others to hoax calls?
Perhaps the nurse had other things on her mind and this was the last straw.I feel sorry for Ms.Saldaha's devastated family, but surely the dj's couldn't have expected this outcome.Quite honestly I feel sorry for them too.
As for the duchess I don't suppose she's exactly over the moon.
14/12/2012 12:29:02 a.m.
Morrissey, you are the best ; )
13/12/2012 11:53:48 p.m.
Kerry Richardson wrote:
Morrissey cannot possibly know how Kate is feeling regarding the death of the nurse at King Edward hospital nor can he know how sick she was and is feeling. She may well feel incredibly bad about what has happened but apart from an official statement she is unable to express her personal feelings to the world any longer in view of her position, so he should keep his moouth shut about things he knows nothing of.
13/12/2012 10:33:46 p.m.
Morrissey is very brave in saying what thousands/millions think but are too afraid to say. The public's thoughts are however beginning to surface on this hospitalisation 'drama'. Women with severe HD don't get driven 50 miles to be admitted to hospital and then 'walk in smiling and it good spirits'!! Vomiting continuously would not make this possible. Many are now agreeing that it was a damage imitation exercise to garner sympathy and win back much needed support after nudigate (and disappearing before the
Paralympics ended to go on vacation.) There is undoubtedly something fishy going on. Other women have to soldier on regardless, earning money and looking after families not lazing about with every whim catered for.
13/12/2012 1:46:10 p.m.
A lot of people seem to dislike Morrissey for stating his opinions with absolutely honesty but this is his greatest attribute as an artist. His lyrics touched so many people because they were honest and truthful. He has always been true to himself even when it was against the grain. Why hate on him because he sticks to that principle? We should all aspire to be more like Morrissey!
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