Morrissey on cover of Guardian Weekend

No stranger to oddball photo shoots, Brit-rock iconoclast Morrissey appears on the cover of tomorrow’s Guardian Weekend magazine with a cat perched atop his unsmiling head for a feature headlined “Bigmouth strikes again: Morrissey lets rip.”

The folks at the Guardian are hyping the cover and Simon Armitage’s interview on Twitter today, but are remaining mum about its contents, aside from deputy editor Katharine Viner’s claim that, “He has some sparkling lines — with one appalling exception.”

That, of course, already has Moz fans, er, atwitter, worried that the singer has mouthed off again like he did during an infamous 2007 interview with the NME in which he aired his feelings on immigration, reportedly saying, “Although I don’t have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.” He later sued the publication over the quotes.

UPDATE: The Morrissey interview is posted, and, sure enough, already is causing a bit of a brouhaha, at least according to the Guardian itself, which has posted a separate story claiming Moz “reignites a simmering row about his views on race” with new comments about China’s poor animal rights record: “Did you see the thing on the news about their treatment of animals and animal welfare?” Morrissey asks Armitage. “Absolutely horrific. You can’t help but feel that the Chinese are a subspecies.”



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