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05/24/2013

Morrissey attacks Kate Middleton

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The pregnant Duchess of Cambridge at the Queen's garden party on May 22. (AP Toby Melville)

What’s with Morrissey and his weird fixation with the Duchess of Cambridge and her body?  The vocalist for rock bank The Smiths hit out in his fanzine at Kate Middleton and her apparent taste for foie gras.

But what is odd is the disgust he seems to have for her pregnancy, which overshadows fair comment over foie gras which animal rights activist say is cruel food because ducks or geese are forcefed until their livers are fattened.

He criticizes department store Fortnum & Mason for selling the French delicacy and congratulates Prince Charles for banning it from functions. 

He writes: “However, unsurprisingly, this most savage and cruel commodity continues to be the favorite "dish" of smiling mother-to-be Kate Muddleton (from whom, in fact, we expect no less.)”  

He goes on to say that Fortnum is stocking the stuff, “possibly with the hope that smiling Kate will wobble in and place an order for her unborn child.”


Wobble in? Her unborn child? What’s that got to do with cruelty to animals? 

Can the Duchess of Cambridge’s supposed taste for foie gras possibly be the only reason why Fortnum's is selling it? The basis of the attack is a gossip item in a tabloid a few months back where a waiter at a restaurant told a journalist the duchess ordered foie gras as a starter.

Last year Morrissey blamed Kate Middleton for the death of a hospital nurse who committed suicide after she was duped by a hoax call from Australian DJs posing as the Queen and calling Kate Middleton’s hospital room. She was recovering from acute morning sickness, a potentially dangerous condition.

Morrissey, who does not have a medical degree, however, determined that she was in hospital “as far as I could see for absolutely no reason” and called the arrogance of royals "staggering."   

Kate Middleton is not exactly an inspiring role model in the mold of Hillary Clinton or Serena Williams – she met a prince, waited for his proposal, got married and is now pregnant. Very retro.  But why use her body as a way to take potshots against the monarchy or support animal rights? 

Hamida Ghafour is a foreign affairs reporter at the Star. She has lived and worked in the Middle East and Asia for more than 10 years and is the author of a book on Afghanistan. Follow her on Twitter @HamidaGhafour 

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Morrissey - defending animal rights and defaming the humans that act like them. Good job!

Princess Kate is a role model -God help us - for many young people. If this is the case than Kate must choose ethically. Young people do watch what she says and does so calling her on promoting the abuse of animals is fair.

Ghafour must be unfamiliar with Morrissey, because he's practically writing love letters to Middleton compared to his usual wrath.

Meat is murder

So the Duchess had absolutely no reason to be in the hospital?? Having never been pregnant, this Morriseey apparently has no idea how the body can rebel against pregnancy, threatening both the life of the child and the mother if left untreated. I have taken care of MANY MANY patients in my 20 years as a labor and delivery nurse with hyperemesis gravidarum, and believe me when they're hospitalized, it's not just for a little bit of nausea, royal or no.

To me, those comments are the equivalent of Tom Cruise saying post partum depression is just state of mind women should just get over, and should never need medications for. Someone famous who has no real knowledge about what they are talking about, spouting their opinions to anyone who will listen.

As for a taste for fois gras....really, she orders it once, and it's news??? Wow, must be a slow news day in the UK.

Morrissey has just become an angry cynical lonely man in his middle age years. Sad & boring.

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