The former The Smiths star Morrissey has been snubbed by a leading Norwegian official and banned from a party following the Nobel Peace Prize Concert December 2013.
The former The Smiths star has sparked furore in Norway after it was announced he will be performing at the prestigious show less than three years after he caused a storm with his controversial comments about the Utoya massacre – in which 77 people were killed – stating it as “nothing compared to what happens” in the meat industry.
Geir Lundestad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, defended its decision to put Morrissey on the bill, telling The Independent that free speech was an intrinsic value of the Nobel committee and it would never censure an artist.
Many critics and officials have expressed anger that he is on the bill, and now the Mayor of Oslo, Fabian Stang, has let his feelings be known by refusing to invite Morrissey to an aftershow party. The politician announced he was taking a stand.
All other artists performing at the concert – including Mary J. Blige, James Blunt, and Jake Bugg – have been told they are welcome to attend the event, but Morrissey was blacklisted by the mayor.
» The Independent – 29 November 2013:
War of words breaks out in Norway over Morrissey’s Nobel Peace gig as singer unforgiven for comparing Anders Behring Breivik massacre to killing animals for fast food