March 2, 2012
The former Smiths frontman, never one to avoid controversy, said that British people shared his sentiment.
Performing at the Orfeo Arena in Cordoba, Argentina, Morrissey said: “You know, of course, the Malvinas Islands - everybody knows they belong to Argentina.
“So please do not blame the British people. We know the islands belong to you.”
His comments were met by loud cheers, before he launched into Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want .
Last month, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd dismissed Britain’s claim on the Falkland Islands, told Chilean television that he was “as ashamed as I possibly could be of our colonial past... when we were out raping and plundering and stealing”.
And Hollywood actor Sean Penn also denounced Britain’s stance over the Falklands as “colonialist, ludicrous and archaic”.
During a visit to Argentina, Penn criticised Prince William’s deployment to the Falklands as a search and rescue helicopter pilot, saying: “It’s unthinkable that the United Kingdom can make a conscious decision to deploy a prince within the military to the Malvinas, knowing the great emotional sensitivity both of mothers and fathers in the United Kingdom and in Argentina who lost sons and daughters in a war.”
This is only the latest in a string of provocative comments by Morrissey, who last year likened the killing of 76 people by Norwegian Anders Breivik to the business of fast food restaurants.
“We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown... though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald’s and Kentucky Fried s--- every day,” he said.
In 2010, he described the Chinese as “a subspecies” on account of their poor record on animal rights.