Morrissey has issued a personal statement after he was parodied on the latest episode of The Simpsons as a meat-eating xenophobe who had seemingly betrayed everything he stood for in The Smiths.
Following the strongly worded statement on his official Facebook page on Monday, the 61-year-old singer has now said "writing for 'The Simpsons evidently requires only complete ignorance".
Morrissey also returned to his old bug bears - the state of modern music and his fraught relationship with the media in the statement.
The latest episode of The Simpsons, titled Panic On The Streets of Springfield, was screened in the US on Sunday and saw Lisa getting a new imaginary friend named Quilloughby, a mordant British indie singer from 1980s Britain voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch.
Quilloughby fronts the band The Snuffs and she falls for "their brand of literate, sardonic music" and his "militant vegetarianism".
However, when she attends a Snuffs reunion concert, she finds that Quilloughby has become an overweight, racist, who is seen eating a pastrami sandwich as he performs.
I feel bad for the other Snuffs. But on some level they knew this might happen, though. @TheSimpsons pic.twitter.com/G59RYT6l2B— Matt Selman (@mattselman) April 19, 2021
On Monday, Morrissey's manager Peter Katsis slammed the episode on the singer’s official Facebook page and now Moz has taken to the Morrissey Central website to have his say.
"Hello Hell", Morrissey wrote, "The hatred shown towards me from the creators of The Simpsons is obviously a taunting lawsuit, but one that requires more funding than I could possibly muster in order to make a challenge.
"Neither do I have a determined business squad of legal practitioners ready to pounce. I think this is generally understood and is the reason why I am so carelessly and noisily attacked."
He added, "You are especially despised if your music affects people in a strong and beautiful way, since music is no longer required to. In fact, the worst thing you can do in 2021 is to lend a bit of strength to the lives of others."
He continued, "The world in general, has become a mesmerizing mess, and we must let it go spinning along unbearably because free speech no longer exists."
Morrissey also offered up his views on his own experiences with the media, saying that he has "lived with horrible accusations" since his "very first interview several decades ago" and is "quite used to it". "I’ve had enough horror thrown at me that would kill off a herd of bison," he added.
Further addressing The Simpsons, he said: "Accusations usually come from someone with a crazed desire for importance; they don’t operate at a very high level. Writing for The Simpsons, for example, evidently requires only complete ignorance.
"But all of these things are too easy for me to say. In a world obsessed with Hate Laws, there are none that protect me."
Representatives for The Simpsons have not responded to either Katsis’ or Morrissey’s statements.