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Morrissey questioned by racism group

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Morrissey questioned by racism group

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The Love Music Hate Racism organisation has asked Morrissey to speak out on racism after he made controversial comments regarding immigration in an interview with the NME.

Morrissey's comments regarding a loss of British identity and a "flooding" of immigration have been criticised by the group for helping to promote racist ideas.

The group said in a statement: "While much of what he says during the interview is contradictory, there is much which unambiguously echoes racist ideas; utterly mistaken and dangerous ideas which feed fascist parties like the BNP.

"For someone in a position of influence who should know better, there should be no room for irony or playing games when spouting words that could give confidence to racists and ultimately lead to racist attacks."

Legal representatives of Morrissey have threatened NME with legal action following the publication of the interview for the asserting that he may be, or is, a racist.

Tim Jonze, the journalist that conducted the interview, requested that his credits for the piece were taken off the article after he claimed it was re-worked by the editorial team.

However, Love Music Hate Racism insists that Morrissey should not be bothering with legal action and should just clarify his comments.

It added: "Rather than talking of suing the NME, Morrissey should be taking responsibility for those words.

"A wealthy man, living now in Italy and until recently in LA, he perhaps doesn’t have to think about the potential consequences of his opinions - which come across as confused and out-of-touch.

"David Bowie - a Morrissey hero - flirted with fascism in the late 1970s but recanted and later gave money to an Anti Nazi League music carnival.

"Morrissey must similarly make it crystal clear that he’s fundamentally opposed to racism and fascism in Britain and the rest of the world today and encourage his many fans to do the same."

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