In 1991, when Morrissey was, to me at least, a cult figure, I was wearing my Kill Uncle shirt and this hot, muscular construction worker in Chicago told me "oh, cool shirt". I about fainted. He did not look like what I thought fans looked like.
I used to be slightly harassed 20 years ago for wearing Morrissey T-shirts when I used to go to punk gigs.
I had a lot of fun with my Morrissey T-Shirt some 20 years ago at an Exploited concert.
Anyway, I used to do it on purpose and I never got punched... it was somehow funny.
Two stories - couple of years ago I was to a gig, a slightly drunk student walked straight up to me, looked at my t-shirt, pointed at Morrissey’s head and said “legend”. I laughed and she walked off.
Last year I was at a work event, was sat next to a nice guy who I don’t really know but I know he’s into music. We chatted about bands etc. He then pointed out my t-shirt and said ‘do you like Morrissey, even now?’. He seemed confused. I said I personally didn’t really have a problem with him, I thought a lot of it is online hysteria. He said ‘but he’s such an awful person’. I said ‘yeah, I dunno... we don’t need to agree on everything’. That was the extent of the issue. It wasn’t even an issue.