This photo is of Ian Brown, taken at Spike Island by the legendary @kcmanc in 1990.
More on Ian Brown below, I'm gonna rant about Morrissey for a bit.
After reading Morrissey's comments about Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, I can't help but feel angry at myself for continuing to excuse this pathetic, disgusting man and his archaic beliefs for so long.
Once again I struggle to believe that the person who wrote my favourite songs, the ones I adore so much - a man whose words I have tattooed on my arm, could hold such contrasting opinions and beliefs to my own, and so different to the sentiments that inspired the songs that made him a hero to so many.
The songs of The Smiths often describe a person who is "awkward when it comes to romance" - but to justify the crimes of sexual predators with such a statement, is sickening. Not only this, but to directly blame to victims of these predators, to say they "play along", to suggest a child ought to have been aware of "what (being in an adult's bedroom) can lead to" is vile, and is precisely the kind of sentiment that makes victims often reluctant to speak out publicly against their attackers.
I will always love the music of the smiths. I suppose in some ways, their music has changed my life, some much deeper than the song "Meat Is Murder" prompting me to change my diet. That said, from today onwards I refuse to support this man any longer, financially or otherwise. I am absolutely and completely finished with making excuses for the shitty and downright abhorrent things that leave Morrissey's mouth these days. Fuck him.
I'd like to draw attention instead to Ian Brown of the Stone Roses. Only a few years ago Brown testified in court against his former school teacher, who had abused a friend of Brown's (and many others) during their childhood - not only a fine example of how celebrities should use their platforms to aid those who need it, but also a fine example of how people should support abuse victims and survivors, period.
A musician of similar ilk to Morrissey, but a man and a role model of much higher calibre.