Mega-vegetarian Morrissey is telling another mega-vegetarian Paul McCartney, he should give up his knighthood title because of his support of the animal-loving royal family, according to a interview posted Wednesday by the Hollywood Reporter.
The HR opened the interview by asking him why Los Angeles’ Staples’ Center had decided to go vegetarian for his concerts and not for Paul McCartney, whom Morrissey referred to as “Sir Paul McCartload.” Morrissey said, “I was amused to hear that Sir Paul McCartload (sic) was very angry that Staples had said yes to me but no to him, when really, he should be happy for any victory on behalf of the animals.”
“I know he works tirelessly for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), but he also loves the British royals, whose treatment of animals is abysmal. The Queen herself wears enough fur to blanket most of Russia,” he said.
“He also once sang ‘Give Ireland back to the Irish,’ which was directed at the Queen. Well, she refused, and she still refuses, yet Sir Paul gives her the thumbs up! If he cared passionately about animals, he’d return his knighthood. He doesn’t need the Queen’s approval. He’s given more pleasure to people worldwide than she could ever dream of.”
The center issued a press release Feb. 19 that “At the request of Morrissey, a long-time animal activist and vegetarian, Staples Center will be adding a variety of vegetarian food items to those already offered at concession stands throughout the arena for his upcoming March 1 concert it was announced by Lee Zeidman, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of Staples Center and L.A. LIVE.”
The Hollywood Reporter, in a story Feb. 18, noted Staples Center also agreed to close down its McDonald’s restaurants for the show.
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