It’s been two days since the terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena is Manchester that killed 22 people and injured 59, and since then it feels like there’s been no end to the public outpouring of support for the victims and their families, messages of strength, and helpers looking to help. Just a quick glance at Twitter or Facebook shows that a whole lot of people have thoughts about what happened. Most of them are the good kind of thoughts. But yesterday Morrissey hopped on Facebook and gave his thoughts on the attack, and of course it’s the definition of “Now is not the time, Morrissey.”
Morrissey’s message starts out nice enough; he mentions that he was in Manchester celebrating his birthday when the attack happened, and wonders when the attacks will stop. And then he tore into Prime Minister Theresa May, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, and of course, his favorite ole’ gal Queen Elizabeth II.
“Celebrating my birthday in Manchester as news of the Manchester Arena bomb broke. The anger is monumental. For what reason will this ever stop?
Theresa May says such attacks “will not break us”, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues. Also, “will not break us” means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken – thanks all the same, Theresa. Sadiq Khan says “London is united with Manchester”, but he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb. The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace – for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist.” An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?
In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire. The people have no such protections.”
The bomber died in the attack. Manchester police currently have four suspects in custody and have made three arrests. ISIS took credit for the attack, and I’m guessing Morrissey was really looking forward to Theresa, Sadiq, Andy, or Her Majesty calling out ISIS by name. Or maybe he was hoping one of them would assign him to lead a special anti-ISIS task force. Who even knows what’s going on in that dude’s head.
Although I can guess that barely-a-joke about an “extreme rabbit” really had an animal lover like Morrissey thinking long after he hit publish. Like, what would he do if he came face-to-face with a long-eared cottontail that was clearly up to no good? I’m guessing that Morrissey would pull a Johnny Utah in Point Break. Oh, who am I kidding? He’d just drag the rabbit on the internet.