Earlier this week, singer Morrissey issued an ultimatum to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Morrissey was slated to be the guest for Tuesday night, but on Monday stated that he would not perform so long as Kimmel's other slated guests, the star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, were kept on the night's line-up. Morrissey vehemently disagreed with the reality stars' penchant for hunting. Kimmel's production crew apparently didn't care; they picked Duck Dynasty over Morrissey and replaced the singer with the musical act Churchill.
Kimmel also made a few jokes on air about Morrissey, remarking that the singer "keeps finding ways to depress us." Kimmel also joked that he allowed the cast of Duck Dynasty on the show because "they have guns and Morrissey doesn't." Kimmel also aired a sketch featuring the cast of Duck Dynasty hunting for vegetables, poking fun at Morrissey's militant veganism.
Morrissey responded completely humorously in a statement:
"I was disappointed with last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Show wherein our smiling host managed to ridicule depression (70% of Americans have experienced depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health). He then found time to ridicule healthy eating (the obesity epidemic in the U.S. costs $147 billion per year in medical expenditure), and he also ridiculed the notion that animals should be entitled to the possession of their own lives. Furthermore, he found time to jokingly promote gun-ownership - hugely amusing for the parents at Sandy Hook, no doubt. He also promoted his special guests Duck Dynasty – who kill beings for fun. None of the above issues are, of course, as important as Jimmy Kimmel himself, who has finally revealed his show to have an overwhelming loss of meaning. Tune in and relive the intellectual fog of the 1950s."
While I can understand Morrissey having strong principles, his completely humorless dissection of Kimmel's jokes completely removed a lot of the empathy I had for the guy. He's still a good musician, but seriously taking offense to a joke about being depressed seems to place him in the 'overly self-righteous' camp in my opinion. What do you think?