Morrissey brings vegan into mainstream with ‘meat is murder’ gig

Vegan diehard and former Smiths’ frontman Morrissey experienced a range of responses from fans who attended his Manchester concert over the weekend.

All meat was banned from the arena according to the Manchester Evening News, which reported: “There were signs posted around the Manchester Arena stating ‘At the request of the artist there will be no meat products available tonight’.

“As part of his set, The Smiths song – and album title of the same name – ‘Meat Is Murder’ was played to a backdrop of gruesome video footage from slaughterhouses.

“After the video was shown, a large screen asked the crowd, ‘what’s your excuse now?’.”

Responses to the message were mixed, with Twitter user @taraseddon writing: “The hypocrisy of claiming to be a diehard Morrissey fan whilst eating meat is unreal. What’s your excuse?”

But @olijt1994 said it was too ‘in your face’. He wrote: “Morrissey was a good concert, shame about the Meat is Murder rant in the middle though, was too in your face didn’t go well with his set.”

Morrissey cancelled a gig in Iceland last year after the venue refused to stop serving meat. He released a statement saying: “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.”

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