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Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Following The Mozziah Day 273 Wednesday June 13th 2012

Morrissey will no longer be going to court in July. His libel action against the NME has been dropped, following an apology in today's edition of the NME. Here is the apology:


In December 2007, we published an article entitled "Morrissey: Big mouth strikes again". Following this, Morrissey began proceedings for libel against us. His complaint is that we accused him of being a racist off the back of an interview which he gave to the magazine. He believes the article was edited in such a way that made him seem reactionary. We wish to make clear that we do not believe that he is racist; we didn't think we were saying he was and we apologise to Morrissey if he or anyone else misunderstood our piece in that way. We never set out to upset Morrissey and we hope we can both get back to doing what we do best."

There has been no comment or statement issued by Morrissey as yet, so there is no way of knowing if he is happy with the outcome, or if he was advised by the legal eagles to accept this as an end to the issue. Morrissey said all along that he just wanted an apology, and when the NME offered to apologise 'online' but not in print, Morrissey declined their offer. The NME obviously reconsidered their position, and offered to apologise in print, which Morrissey obviously accepted. It has been reported that there has been NO financial settlement, which I for one am really pleased about. This issue had NOTHING to do with money, and everything to do with integrity. I don't think Morrissey wanted to bring down the NME, as many people have suggested, he just wanted them to say they were wrong. The only downside, is that the real villain, former editor Conor McNicholas, gets off scot free. McNicholas was the person who twisted the story to make Morrissey appear racist, and yet it isn't him issuing an apology, it is a faceless corporation. McNicholas has lost any integrity he may ever have had, but unfortunately there hasn't been a wider audience to witness his loss. Tim Jonze, the journalist who wrote the original article has also lost integrity. He should have had the balls to stand up to McNicholas, but instead, he abandoned his morals for the sake of his job. If nothing else, Jonze may have learnt a lesson from this, and as he too has avoided being hung out to dry in the High Court, he should be thanking his lucky stars. I doubt that McNicholas feels he did anything wrong, but he did, and although I'm not a spiritual person, I believe that karma will get him.

The NME are currently asking readers to vote for the 'Ultimate Icon', and 'how' ironic would it be if Morrissey were to win? He is in the final eight, along with the likes of Bowie, Cobain, Lennon and Hendrix. None of the other seven can hold a candle to Moz for lyric writing, so we should see him walk away with the award, and return to the front page of the NME. It's a funny old's MorrisseysWorld.

(You can vote for Moz at


  1. totally agree with everything you wrote.
    *how long* till they are after an interview ...

    'we hope we can both get back to doing what we do best'

    I wasn't aware that Moz had ever stopped ... NME on the other hand

  2. NME got the integrity like a trash gossip tabloid! They wrote "Bigmouth..." just for sale more copies and, by now, they're asking apologises for avoiding the High Court! Anyway I'm happy, 'cause Morrissey got no need to go on trial. As you noticed days ago, the post about the legal issue disappeared from TTY, i don't know why, but I could suppose that, maybe, there was a private negotiation ended as we know by now. Obviously I prefer Morrissey in concert than in front of High Court!

  3. I have just been reading through some old FTM's and have found an entry that included Our Mozzer telling us back in April that the NME case would NOT be going to court. ANOTHER coincidence!


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