Steven Morrissey claims hes not a racist

December 4th, 2007 - 6:34 pm ICT by admin  

Washington , Dec 4 (ANI): English singer Steven Morrissey has claimed that he is not a racist and slammed accusations that he used “naive and inflammatory” language on the topic of immigration in Britain in a U.K. music magazine.

The former Smiths frontman allegedly made the contentious remarks in a recent interview with NME, in which he condemned the number of foreigners in his native country.

“Other countries have held on to their basic identity, yet it seems to me that England has thrown it away,” Contactmusic quoted him, as saying in the mag.

However Morrissey maintains that the magazine’s decision to manipulate his words was nothing but a publicity stunt.

“I believe they have deliberately tried to characterise me as a racist in a recent interview I gave them in order to boost their dwindling circulation. I abhor racism and oppression or cruelty of any kind and will not let this pass without being absolutely clear and emphatic… Racism is beyond our common sense and has no place in our society, he said.

It was confirmed by NME that Morrissey was adamant on taking a legal action against the publication.

“We can confirm we have received two writs from Morrissey’s legal representatives pertaining to NME and its editor Conor MCNicholas. NME takes this matter - and the issues it highlights - extremely seriously and we are currently in discussion with out legal representatives, said a spokesman for the magazine. (ANI)

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