…And his argument is pretty persuasive. (For those of you who didn’t see the original ‘Morrissey is racist’ story, check out the following.) In the Guardian blog today, Morrissey is basically saying that the journalist in question, Nick Jonze, was directed by NME editor Conor McNicholas to create an interview situation whereby Morrissey would come out something that could be construed as racist — and the magazine would have their nice, tabloidy cover.
Writes Morrissey in the Guardian today:
“My heart sank as Tim Jonze let slip the tell-all editorial directive behind this interview: “it’s Conor’s view that Morrissey thinks black people are OK … but he wouldn’t want one living next door to him.” It was then that I realized the full extent of the setup.”
I have to say, while it’s impossible, not knowing all the details, to come to any final decision on the situation, my sympathies tend to lie with Morrissey. I’ve had one or two conversations myself over the years with editing behemoths attempting to push me in one direction or another on an artist. Thankfully, it’s been a long, long time since that kind of thing happened — but you can understand the psychology of it all: it’s hard not to be influenced by an editor when you’re a young journalist in need of a pay-cheque and print prominence. It strikes me that the NME have lost the run of themselves since the whole Keith-Richards-snorted-His-Dad article — they’ve been looking for another world-shocking headline ever since. The rest of Morrissey’s article is here.