Singer Morrissey, who at first rose to fame as the singer of UK rock band the Smiths in the 1980s and 1990s, and has since gone solo with a career that spans two decades already, gave a highly publicized interview with German magazine Der Spiegel over the weekend in which he was asked about the Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey sexual allegations.
The former Smiths frontman spoke about the ongoing sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood saying that all current claims against Spacey are "ridiculous" and stating that the definition of harassment and assault has simply become too broad.
“As far as I know, he was in a bedroom with a 14-year-old. Kevin Spacey was 26, boy 14. One wonders where the boy’s parents were."
Morrissey does clarify in the same interview that he condemns sexual violence against any person, but on some occasions "the person referred to as a victim is merely disappointed."
More specifically, when asked about Harvey Weinstein, Morrissey said about the women that have come forward: "People know exactly what's going on. And they play along. Afterwards, they feel embarrassed or disliked. And then they turn it around and say: 'I was attacked, I was surprised'. But if everything went well, and if it had given them a great career, they would not talk about it.”
"I hate rape. I hate attacks. I hate sexual situations that are forced on someone. But in many cases one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person who is considered a victim is merely disappointed."
The 58-year-old singer went on, stating: "Anyone who ever said 'I like you' to someone else is suddenly being charged with sexual harassment."
Furthermore, Morrissey seems surprised that the rock and roll scene has so far been spared of accusations: "Throughout the history of music and rock 'n' roll there have been musicians who slept with their groupies."
"If you go through history, almost everyone is guilty of sleeping with minors. Why not throw everyone in jail right away?