Sunday, March 19, 2017
Must not say blacks are black?
Most of them are actually brown, I suppose
British rocker Morrissey has been accused of racial insensitivity over a T-shirt set to go on sale during his upcoming tour.
The controversial T-shirt is emblazoned with a picture of African-American writer and civil rights activist James Baldwin's face.
Above the image of Baldwin are lyrics from Morrissey's former band The Smiths' song Unloveable, which read, "I wear black on the outside because black is how I feel on the inside."
Although Morrissey has previously written about his love for Baldwin in his 2013 autobiography, social media users were quick to object to the T-shirt due to the combination of the words and image.
Hunter Felt, a journalist at The Guardian, wrote on Twitter, "Morrissey jumping in on the extremely hot "racist people co-opting black activists for their own purposes" trend."
Meanwhile editors at Britain's FACT magazine published an article headlined, "Morrissey is selling racist t-shirts because he is a f**king idiot".