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