I had a difficult time coming up with a name for my blog. I’m not very creative, so I picked a song by an artist I adored – Morrissey. And Morrissey is, well, problematic. I’m not going to rehash all of the questionable opinions he’s vomited out over the years. The idea for this post actually came from the last time he said something terrible but, like dozens of other posts I’ve began and left idle, I never finished it. For that instance, he had some thoughts on Kevin Spacey and #metoo:
Morrissey says that the whole thing has become “a play,” and that the definition of sexual harassment has become so broad that “every person on this planet is guilty.” Specifically, he says that the allegations against Kevin Spacey are “ridiculous,” saying that if he was 26 and alone in a bedroom with a 14-year-old boy, then the boys should’ve known what was going to happen. “When you are in somebody’s bedroom,” he says, “you have to be aware of where that can lead to.” Because of that, he thinks Spacey has been “unnecessarily attacked.”
This was on the heels of his new garbage album. Coupled with his last garbage album, he hasn’t made good music in almost a decade. Yet he still sells out everywhere he plays and has an extremely devoted fanbase. This gives him a modicum of mainstream relevancy so, unfortunately, microphones keep being shoved in his face. Behold the most recent example:
“As far as racism goes, the modern loony left seem to forget that Hitler was leftwing,” he says now. “When someone calls you racist, what they are saying is: hmm, you actually have a point, and I don’t know how to answer it, so perhaps if I distract you by calling you a bigot we’ll both forget how enlightened your comment was.”
Yes, people tend to forget that Hitler was leftwing – I mean, c’mon people, Socialism is in the freaking name of his ideology! Also, when I call someone a racist, deep down I think that they’re right. Moreover, it masks the fact that I have no way of responding to the airtight logic so masterfully deployed by those I unjustifiably call bigots. Fuck.
Anyways, my blog name is bad. Fortunately for me, most people probably don’t even know it refers to a Morrissey song. I suppose I could change it, but the only thing I came up with is “Godless Soy Boy.” A Google search for it in quotes yields no hits, but it’s not a great name. Then again, I also don’t think it’s terrible. I’ll likely never decide one way or the other, and eventually stop thinking about it. And so the I Have Forgiven Jesus #brand will live on.
Raucous Indignation says
Hey now! All his albums are garbage, not just the new one. What did/do you people see in that insensitive prick?
I Have Forgiven Jesus says
Unlike most, I got into him well into my 20’s and had previously thought he was lame. The rest of the story is needlessly long and consists of the circumstances of how I got into him and contrasts my fandom with the stereotypical Moz devotee. In short, I like his music – especially the Smiths. And it’s the last TWO albums that have been utter crap.
Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says
I didn’t know it was in reference to Morrissey, though I’m not sure that makes any difference: you know it references Morrissey and you’re the one bothered. I promise I won’t read you any less if you change the name. Do what you gotta do.
I Have Forgiven Jesus says
If I somehow come up with something good, I’ll change it. I don’t know how likely that is unfortunately
So when it comes to accusations of racism, Morrissey sounds exactly like a Fox News talking head? when it comes to racism you can find some pretty in depth writing about why certain things are racist.