British pop singer Morrissey is fuming after being quizzed by FBI and British intelligence for speaking out against the American and British governments.
The former front man of influential pop group The Smiths, who is now a solo artist, is a well known critic of the war in Iraq and has previously dubbed President George W Bush a “terrorist.” He was baffled when he was taken in by authorities.
Morrissey explains, “The FBI and the Special Branch have investigated me and I’ve been interviewed and taped and so forth. They were trying to determine if I was a threat to the government, and similarly in England. But it didn’t take them very long to realise that I’m not.”
“I don’t belong to any political groups, I don’t really say anything unless I’m asked directly and I don’t even demonstrate in public. I always assume that so-called authoritarian figures just assume that pop/rock music is slightly insane and an untouchable platform for the working classes to stand up and say something noticeable.”
“My view is that neither England or America are democratic societies. You can’t really speak your mind and if you do you’re investigated.”
The star has always remained ambivalent over his sexuality and remains silent on whether he is gay or straight. Music reviewers regularly point to homoerotic references in his songs.