Morrissey, so well known for his aptitude in sparking rows, has – unsurprisingly – raised a few eyebrows after appearing on the bill at the Nobel Peace Prize concert next month.
The controversial, potty-mouthed singer will now take a starring role in the ceremony dedicated to furthering world peace.
In Norway – which will host the ceremony on 11 December – many are not very happy about the former Smiths front man appearance at the ceremony.
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People have not forgotten his shocking words after the far-right extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 people in Oslo and on Utoya Island in July 2011.
Just a few days after the appalling atrocity, the singer entertained fans in Warsaw with a rendition of his anthem to vegetarianism, “Meat is Murder”.
He then declared that the “murderous” events in Norway were “nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried sh*t every day”.
Despite a huge outcry at the time, he refused to apologise, instead posting a message on a fan website defending his comments and saying that if a person was horrified by the massacre in Norway, they should also “feel horror at the murder of any innocent being.”
Now, Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper has run a comment piece arguing that relatives of Utoya victims and many other Norwegians would find the decision to invite Morrissey to the Oslo ceremony “incomprehensible”.
Comments on Twitter and newspaper discussion forums echoed the outrage. “Morrissey doesn’t deserve to stand on a stage in this country ever again,” one reader of The Local wrote.
I hope Morrissey isn't allowed to speak at this Nobel Peace Prize Concert. As he will be infuriating.— Lauren Lepke-Brown (@LaurenLepke) November 29, 2013
#Morrissey please, don't say anything bad during the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. Please, be respectful and nice.— Åsa (@musicalcat) November 28, 2013
Meanwhile, the singer has been keeping busy by criticising another Nobel Peace Prize winner – US President Barack Obama – for setting an “abysmal example” by tucking into turkey for Thanksgiving.