Morrissey has form posting dubious images that portray animals as little more than entertainment. This is just another one.
The cover of It’s Over is a badly cropped image of Robert Mitchum, as a rodeo rider, culled from the film ‘Lusty Men. A film which seeks to glamorise the barbaric acts of Rodeo; events that involve horses and other livestock that generally comprise the following events: tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, bull riding and barrel racing.
When I first saw the cover of It’s Over, within these very pages, I was quite taken aback. Why would someone who claims to loathe barbaric acts of animal cruelty use such an image? Why would he attempt to glamorise it?
There has been some debate lately about whether Morrissey is vegan or not and the response from some is that he doesn’t label himself – Morrissey has said the same thing – he won’t label himself on this specific issue. This from a man who used the label vegetarian as a rallying cry for a considerable number of years? Why so coy?
The phrase ‘the contrarian strikes again’ springs to mind.