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Morrissey is going to make sure that Jimmy Kimmel does not get the last laugh. The former Smiths frontman has responded to Kimmel’s monologue from last night, blasting him for joking about depression and interviewing the Duck Dynasty cast.
The feud with Kimmel started Monday when the vegetarian and PETA activist abruptly cancelled his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! because he was hosting the Duck Dynasty cast on the same night. Morrissey objected to the fact that the stars of the TLC show sell duck hunting products.
Kimmel responded on his show last night and the< i>Duck Dynasty stars even appeared in a sketch about vegetarians. “I have a lot of respect for people who don't eat meat. I totally understand if being on the show with duck hunters made Morrissey feel uncomfortable. But the statement he made is ridiculous,” Kimmel said during his monologue.
He also joked, “He keeps finding new ways to depress us,” a line that Morrissey had serious problems with.
“I was disappointed with last night’s Jimmy Kimmel wherein our smiling host managed to ridicule depression (70% of Americans have experienced depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health),” Morrissey wrote in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “He then found time to ridicule healthy eating (the obesity epidemic in the U.S. costs $147 billion per year in medical expenditure), and he also ridiculed the notion that animals should be entitled to the possession of their own lives.”
He also took issue with Kimmel’s joke that “ they have guns, and Morrissey doesn’t.” Citing the Newtown shootings, Morrissey added, “Tune in and relive the intellectual fog of the 1950s.”
Kimmel has already responded with a tweet:
note to Morrissey - if you have more dumb statements to make, I invite you to make them where I do, on my show twitter.com/jimmykimmel/st…
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) February 27, 2013
Morrissey has also turned his attention to Sir Paul McCartney in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. While the singer got the Staples Center to agree to go vegetarian for his show, McCartney was unsuccessful.
“I was amused to hear that Sir Paul McCartload 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,” Morrissey told THR.