Open Letter To Capitol Records, 2785 East Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48211, USA.
It has come to our attention that you may have assigned the singer Morrissey to a record contract. We, as a former biographer and supporter of this controversial singer, would like to draw your attention to the very serious and upsetting comments he has recently made, wherein he states that eating meat is no more serious a crime than rape, torture and paedophilia, who cheapens a heinous crime and equates the deaths of children by likening this to the food we find on supermarket shelves? Do you, as a world-renowned and hugely respected company, really wish your name to be involved with a man like this? A man who asks a world famous cook if he would be willing to microwave his own children? I ask you lo look into your hearts and consider the feelings of the likes of Sara Payne, Matthew Sheppard, and relatives of the victims of Ian Huntley, when they are now told that the deaths of their loved ones are no less important than had they been animals? Equally bad is the reaction to this statement by die-hard Morrissey fans, who have been brainwashed by this man for many years and who cling to his every word, and therefore may only be regarded as no less irresponsible and in many respects potentially as dangerous as he is. Do we need our children and future generations to be convinced by this sadly very influential public figure that hurting and killing children is no different than killing animals for the table. I ask you, as one of the world's most respected record companies, how you would feel should there be some horrible crime committed~think of all the school shootings there have been~because one unbalanced Morrissey fan decided to take it upon himself that human life is no more valuable than that of a chicken? I ask you, is this the sort of "artiste" that Capitol Records wants on its books?
5th January 2014