British music icon and former The Smiths frontman, Morrissey, is set to headline at Sydney’s Vivid festival this year, but under one important condition: There’s to be no meat sold on the premises during his shows.
If you think you can pick up a hamburger at the gig, think again, because Morrissey has banned any meat products from being available at the venue at all.
Morrissey, who has been a vegetarian since he was just 11 years old, isn’t kidding, either. He reportedly walked off the stage during a concert after he smelled meat cooking close by and cancelled a show in Iceland after the organisers wouldn’t consider his anti-meat policy.
“I love Iceland and I have waited a long time to return, but I shall leave the Harpa Concert Hall to their cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust,” Morrissey said in a statement.
While I commend Morrissey for the work he does to advocate animal rights and also to encourage people to live a meatless diet, what is completely irritating is when people force their ideals onto other people. Education is awesome. Pressure and judgement? Not so much.
Fans have been jumping onto social media with their responses to Morrissey’s demands, though, some commending him for standing up for what he believes in, others just wanting a hot dog at the gig.
“This is fantastic!” one reader said on social media. “Next time dairy and eggs too :).”
While another said the condition was unfair. “I find the opera house’s stance weak. Why should all of the opera house staff and punters have to forgo meat just because a vegetarian singer is in the building? It is everyone’s right to consume what foods they will (sic).”
What do you think? Do you commend Morrissey for standing up for what he believes in? Or has he gone too far? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.