Fiona Dodwell interview - Felten Ink (Jan. 30, 2020)

On Mozza: "He is an absolutely outstanding artist, entirely in a league of his own"

I saw interview on Fiona dodwell about her writing and they ended asking some questions about why she likes Mozza and why she would still support him, and I think it hits the nail on the head for a lot of fans who still stand by Morrissey, so thought worth sharing

Link to the full thing is here

FIONA DODWELL: “INEXPLICABLE EVENTS HAVE PROBABLY PLANTED LITTLE SEEDS OF INSPIRATION.” - Felten Ink

I have to ask you about Morrissey, after all, you drew my attention with your interviews and I’ve been following you on social media ever since. What do you think that’s so divisive about him among people?

I think Morrissey is seen by some as a “divisive” figure because there simply is no one else out there like him, being so truthful, so open, so willing to discuss things that others won’t. He doesn’t pander to the press, he doesn’t bind himself to the apparent “boundaries” that other artists apply themselves to (out of fear of being controversial or opinionated). He is a rarity, a non-conformist, and because of that, people are sometimes shocked. Wow – a singer with an opinion? Aren’t they just supposed to stand there and inoffensively nod along? No, Morrissey has never been like that and it’s one of the reasons I admire him. There are few like him out there, we should treasure the braver souls amongst us.

What was the initial attraction for you?

First and foremost it’s about the music. That’s the main thing. He is an absolutely outstanding artist, entirely in a league of his own. I know I have spent many years with his music as the “backdrop” to my daily life and so his lyrics, his albums, are very special to me. Then, as we discussed above, there is his confidence and willingness to be bold and strong in the face of some really bad treatment from the mainstream media. That’s something I admire, more than I can express. I get bored of people who try to blend in, or who baulk at the idea of standing-out. It excites me when I see somebody who is willing to go against the grain, and let’s face it, Morrissey does this often. Alongside all of this, I’ve always admired his stance on animal rights.

Why do you think certain elements of the press now take such an unfavourable stance towards him?

I think it’s a combination of lazy journalism, lazy thinking and the hunger to be seen as “politically correct” in a climate where being offended is the fashion. Rarely does the mainstream press actually stop and examine why Morrissey says what he says, they just seem to take a line or two and then run away with their own story.

I find myself agreeing with him more than anything else, but I’d be appalled to be labelled ‘far right’…

It’s the names and labels that do the most damage. If you call somebody “far right” or “racist” then you have blocked the debate at hand, and stopped people examining the specific issues that are being discussed. Plenty of times, Morrissey has made valid points or issues that are relevant, yet what he says isn’t dissected, it’s people’s opinions about what he says that are instead dissected. Why are the mainstream so afraid of actually discussing what he says with level-headedness? Why does everything have to come down to name-calling, immature headlines and mud-slinging? Nobody needs to agree with what another says to at least respectfully hear them out.
 
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Stephen Hofmann

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It's also ridiculous. There's a right-wing press circuit he could have courted if he wanted to. He has or had concerns about sharia law, a lot of people do, I know Peter Tatchell does because we spoke about it.

The world is complex.

Peter Tatchell - Well, i'm not saying he's a paedo but.........he's a paedo. I'd avoid that kn*ut like the plague.
 

Phranc & Open

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@Nerak, this stuff is not ok. Dodwell does a bad job in washing him clean and presenting him as the only true artist (but the world won't listen).
 

Nerak

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Peter Tatchell - Well, i'm not saying he's a paedo but.........he's a paedo. I'd avoid that kn*ut like the plague.

No, he isn't. He's just a bit 1970s in some of his liberal attitudes. But he's one of the few left-wing campaigners who won't be intimidated by notions of cultural relativism when it comes to human rights. While still being polite to anyone he's talking to.
 
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I mean - imagine - if the last bulwark against eternal oblivion is someone you've paid to say you're being brave by spouting racist bollocks. That's it? That's all that's left?

f*** racism, f*** Morrissey and f*** apologists like Dodwell. Shameful.

By the way - who IS she? What is she renowned for? Why should anyone value her scribblings?

You've started on the booze early.... get to your bed !
 

Stephen Hofmann

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No, he isn't. He's just a bit 1970s in some of his liberal attitudes. But he's one of the few left-wing campaigners who won't be intimidated by notions of cultural relativism when it comes to human rights. While still being polite to anyone he's talking to.

I don't think you've looked into his history enough. He's happy with adults having sex with kids. That's not cool. He shouldn't be listened to.
 

Nerak

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@Nerak, this stuff is not ok. Dodwell does a bad job in washing him clean and presenting him as the only true artist (but the world won't listen).

It doesn't matter if he wants to chat to some wee woman who has a crush on him. It's far better than him on Twitter having fights with people.
 

Peppermint

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@Nerak, this stuff is not ok. Dodwell does a bad job in washing him clean and presenting him as the only true artist (but the world won't listen).
I agree. It's sycophantic, badly-written cobblers. It depresses me, when you look back at the sparky, wit-laced interviews from even just a few years back. I prefer it when he's putting his foot in his mouth to this.
 

Phranc & Open

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It doesn't matter if he wants to chat to some wee woman who has a crush on him. It's far better than him on Twitter having fights with people.
But you expect the majority of long standing fans to think: "Oh yes, she is right. I never thought about that aspect. They all do him wrong".
 

Nerak

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I don't think you've looked into his history enough. He's happy with adults having sex with kids. That's not cool. He shouldn't be listened to.

I have looked into his history & also talked to him about it & watched him fighting it out with Julie Bindell.

It was an unwise letter in the 80s based on faulty research & he thought UK consent laws should be more European. I don't agree & it's not his priority.
 

Stephen Hofmann

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I have looked into his history & also talked to him about it & watched him fighting it out with Julie Bindell.

It was an unwise letter in the 80s based on faulty research & he thought UK consent laws should be more European. I don't agree & it's not his priority.

Faulty research done in a few public toilets no doubt.
 

Phranc & Open

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I agree. It's sycophantic, badly-written cobblers. It depresses me, when you look back at the sparky, wit-laced interviews from even just a few years back. I prefer it when he's putting his foot in his mouth to this.
Thank you. I know there are some people out there understanding, that it is devastating to see his idol in such a bad state. Music-wise, career-wise and with a badly damaged public image.
 
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