Today is a big day in history. It seems the rest of the world has finally caught on to the one thing I’ve known forever: Morrissey sucks.
Though I 100% believe that statement requires zero explanation, there are nevertheless, people who love The Smiths. So I guess I have to elaborate.
Never one to miss an opportunity for press, Morrissey decided to cash in on I Am Not Your Negro, the new James Baldwin-penned film about the black experience in America. If that doesn’t already sound super weird, just wait—it gets worse. Today, in a really bizarre and backwards attempt at solidarity—or maybe just publicity—Morrissey debuted new merch that paired Baldwin’s face with the famous Smiths lyric, “I wear black on the outside ’cause black is how I feel on the inside.”
…I honestly don’t even know what to write.
I’ve been racking my brain for the last three hours and I’m still confused. Is Morrissey trying to equate the black experience with being a goth? Or is he making a ridiculously racist “joke” about wearing black, i.e. wearing James Baldwin? Either way, I’m at a loss. This design had to pass through so many inboxes before becoming a real shirt. How did anyone let this slide? I always knew Morrissey was a dick, but did he really believe people would think this was funny?
Of course, the shirt has now been removed from his e-store. But unfortunately for him (and amazingly for me), the internet never forgets. Maybe now everyone will stop quoting The Smiths. Probably not, but a girl can dream.