My husband Morrissey has canceled his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live after learning that his fellow guests were to be the cast of Duck Dynasty, a popular show about duck murder which premieres on A&E this week.
To the great joy of his American fans, Moz was initially booked to be the show’s musical guest tonight, but he threatened to back out once he found out his fellow guests were going to be duck-hating hunter enablers. He released the following statement (emphasis mine):
Morrissey is thankful for being invited to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow, February 26. However, he cannot morally be on a television program where the cast members of Duck Dynasty will also be guests. Morrissey would be honored to play the show, if Duck Dynasty were removed.
Morrissey stated, “As far as my reputation is concerned, I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers. If Jimmy cannot dump Duck Dynasty then we must step away.”
This being America, Jimmy had to choose the trashy reality show over the greatest male vocalist of our time, so Morrissey will no longer be singing on the telly tonight.
Are the members of the Robertson family, who run a successful duck hunting supply store, really “animal serial killers”? They do sell things that make ducks easier to kill, so I’d say they are more like an accessory to animal serial killing. But I imagine they are also hunters themselves if they know the business so well.
Does Morrissey’s position make sense? Well, yes and no. As much as I love him and admire his commitment to animal rights (he’s been making the venues he performs at go temporarily vegetarian for years now), I would argue that hunters are actually better meat eaters than the vast majority of meat-eating humans, because they are able to look their prey in the eye and understand what it means to kill something. Jimmy Kimmel is not a vegetarian, either, and probably gets his meat in pre-processed form, but he was willing to appear on a show with him.
If Morrissey followed his beliefs to their logical conclusion, the number of people he’d perform around would be pretty small, which would be a shame, as a lot of people love his music even if they don’t agree with his beliefs. While I understand the impulse to get away from people whose morals you think are terrible, I think it’s always better to have a dialogue with them to see where it takes you. And who knows, maybe the Robertson family would have heard the sweet, haunting strains of “Meat Is Murder” and re-evaluated their entire worldview.