Pop star Morrissey has stepped up his feud with Canadian politician Gail Shea, branding her a “disreputable thug” for supporting the country’s seal fur trade. The former The Smiths star is locked in a bitter war-of-words with Canada’s Fisheries Minister after he spoke out against the controversial annual seal cull earlier this month (Apr14).
Shea hit back this week (beg21Apr14) with a series of withering comments, dismissing the singer as a “millionaire celebrity (who is) desperate for a hobby” and accusing him of peddling “myths” and issuing “ignorant and inflammatory statements”.
The remarks have outraged the rocker and he has now posted a furious follow-up rant on his official fansite, insisting Shea’s argument in favour of the seal industry is equal to supporting Nazi-style death camps.
Shea had stated, via her spokeswoman Sophie Doucet, that outlawing the seal fur industry would cost thousands of jobs, prompting the singer to write, “I should remind Sophie Doucet that building and maintaining the Concentration Camps of Auschwitz also provided livelihoods, but this hardly made the Camps warranted… “Further, Sophie Doucet’s shrill tension claims that my anger against Canada’s carnival of death… is ‘clearly just another case of a millionaire celebrity, desperate for a hobby’… whether a challenge comes from a millionaire or from someone who is homeless is a remark that would only be made by someone of imperious ignorance, who cannot develop the moral debate… “In Western culture, there is no acceptance of the Canadian seal slaughter, and simply because someone bears the badge of Minister does not insulate them from being a disreputable thug… the people of Canada must speak up and stop this carnage… As ever and as always, it is always up to the people to put things right.”
The tit-for-tat bust-up shows no signs of abating – Shea has since issued another statement, via Canada.com, in which she says, “Mr. Morrissey and his Hollywood buddies have been brainwashed by decades of propaganda from fringe animal rights groups and radical environmentalists.”