Morrissey Won’t Be Rivaling the Queen’s Christmas Televised Message
Even though Morrissey isn't the biggest fan of the British monarchy, he won't be raining on the Queen's parade during Christmastime.
The Smiths frontman "politely declined" the opportunity to deliver an alternative Christmas message on Channel 4 Television, which would air on BBC simultaneously with Queen Elizabeth II's annual holiday message to the British nation.
He explained his reasoning on why he said not to he offer on his blog, True to You.
"My view that the monarchy should be quietly dismantled for the good of England is reasonably well-known, but I don't think Christmas Day is quite the time to be trading slaps. The Queen should be allowed the impassioned trance of her annual address to the British people, if only to once again prove that, in her frozen posture, she has nothing to offer and nothing to say, and she has no place in modern Britain except as a figure of repression; no independent thought required. The Queen very well might be the most powerful woman in England, but she lacks the power to make herself loved, and the phony inflation of her family attacks all rational intellect.
All over the world highly civilized peoples exist without the automatic condescension of a 'royal' family. England can do the same, and will find more respect for doing so."
While he seems to be playing nice in the message, his words still convey his anti-monarchy sentiments -- in perfect Morrissey style.