Even a cursory read of Morrissey’s new autobiography will leave fans with one takeaway: Morrissey is always the victim. Always. But, as much as he’s spent his life lamenting his very existence, he’s often had good reason to do so, and this week has tossed a couple more valid complaints Morrissey’s way. First, The Hollywood Reporter announced that an unauthorized (and likely to stay that way) biopic called Steven (as that is his Morrissey’s first name) is currently in the works. Orian Williams, who produced the Ian Curtis biopic Control, is developing the project with short-form director Mark Gill, who’s taking on his first feature. THR’s early, vague reports say Steven will focus on Morrissey’s pre-Smiths years, likely taking the same shots at dreary Manchester as its namesake has done time and time again.
This assault on Morrissey’s early life is not the only attack he’s undergone this week. At the first date of his U.S. tour—one that was delayed multiple times due to the singer’s health issues—fans engaged in the time-honored tradition of rushing the stage to hug their idol during the encore, a performance of “One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell.” A fan video shows Morrissey devotees hopping on stage, and while the Moz’s reaction seems jovial at first, the moment quickly takes a violent turn as more and more overeager fans attempt to embrace him, eventually knocking him over.
The incident ended with Morrissey being escorted offstage by security and his band dropping their instruments and following suit, never to return. There’s no word as to whether Morrissey sustained any serious injuries, so for the moment it seems the rest of his U.S. tour will likely continue unaltered. Unless, of course, he releases a statement about Americans being a brutalist subspecies, in which case things might get a little weird.
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