We Need to Stop Enabling Morrissey

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Last night, Morrissey—in aggravatingly predictable fashion—refused to go on stage for an already-packed Paso Robles auditorium, because it was a bit cold. Fans had been patiently waiting (in that aforementioned chilly weather), an hour past Morrissey's scheduled stage time, when he finally called it off.

A Brit took to Twitter to point out that British people don't typically get worried about weather in California:

The cancellation came as a surprise to literally nobody though.


Some fans had been concerned all the way back in September:

Morrissey has a long and awful history of canceling his concerts at the last minute, for a variety of reasons that have been increasingly difficult to believe. San Francisco got the message loud and clear that Moz cares not for this city, or his fans therein, with the spate of dates he canceled between December 2011 and April 2013. He failed to show up to the Fox Theater, Davies Symphony Hall (twice), The Regency Ballroom, and The Warfield.

After so many no-shows in a row, it started to feel personal; that Morrissey may have a vendetta against the Bay Area. Turns out though, it's not us, it's most definitely him. We Heart Music has an entire (regularly updated) page dedicated to "Every Date That Morrissey Has Ever Canceled" and truly, it is the very image of entitlement in (extremely long) list form.

Morrissey's penchant for bailing on his fans has nothing to do with some series of unfortunate events that keep befalling him, and everything to do with the fact that Morrissey could not care less about his fans. At all. Even a little bit. He does not appreciate their dedication, nor the fact that he would no longer have a career if it weren't for them. He doesn't even have the decency to give them fair warning when he doesn't feel like playing anymore.

Truly, it is time to stop enabling this man. If his American fans mobilized and simply stopped buying tickets for, say, an entire year, so that he could no longer fill the venues he so takes for granted, he might actually start appreciating the people who keep him in Brylcreem and cat food. As it stands, Morrissey no longer deserves your time, your money, or your attention -- at least until he learns his lesson.