Morrisey, the iconic voice behind The Smiths and a prolific solo artist, has always been a figure both revered and reviled in the music world. Known for his poignant lyrics, distinctive baritone voice, and unapologetic nature, Morrisey has never shied away from controversy. However, a recent on-stage incident at one of his shows has reignited the debate surrounding the artist’s temperament and behavior.
During a recent performance, a moment that could have been a footnote in his storied career took a more central stage. As Morrisey was in the midst of his set, a woman attempted to hop on stage, prompting security to intervene. What followed was a verbal exchange between Morrisey and either the fan or a security guard, and it was captured on video.
Morrisey can be heard saying, “You, leave, leave, leave, nobody needs you, leave, leave.” The audience’s reaction was mixed, with some speculating that the singer had directed his ire towards a specific security guard with dreads. However, a fan who was present at the show later asserted that the words were aimed at her, not the guard.
A commenter said: “That is a lie!!! Such BS!! This is the total opposite!!! My sister and I were there!! There was a lady that got on stage earlier!! He’s pointed to the front row to the ones that tried coming up before and telling them to Leave!!! Then another girl came up and he shunned her!!! Didn’t hug her and waved her away. Then was telling her to Leave, Leave, Leave and walked off stage!!!”
If indeed Morrisey’s words were meant for a fan, it paints the artist in a negative light, yet again. Morrisey’s reputation for outspokenness, both in his music and public statements, has earned him a dedicated following and numerous detractors. This incident only adds another layer to the complex persona that is Morrisey.
While it’s crucial not to jump to conclusions based on a single video clip or a fan’s account, it raises questions about the relationship between an artist and their audience. Morrisey’s fans have long been devoted, standing by his side through the highs and lows of his career. But, like any artist with such a strong persona, there are bound to be moments when the lines between artistry, passion, and frustration blur.
Morrisey has been a champion of animal rights, a critic of political correctness, and an unapologetic provocateur. His music has touched the hearts of many and his lyrics have resonated with those who felt marginalized or misunderstood. Yet, his penchant for making polarizing statements and his reactions to various situations have not endeared him to everyone.