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  • Americans Hate Tingle: Morrissey zig-zags around this trope in America. In the early 90s, he was one of the biggest cult acts in music there, with his fans swarming him wherever he went. It got to the point where TV news stations began to run stories about his appearences and Johnny Carson was drowned out by screaming fans while introducing Moz for his first American live TV performance. However, all that attention did not translate to chart success: He had plenty of alt-rock radio hits, but just one Hot 100 chart appearance. After 1995, his American popularity significantly cooled and he only had a resurgence in popularity when he released 2004's You Are the Quarry. Nowadays, he's more Overshadowed by Controversy due to his extremely polarizing public comments and political stances than he is for his actual music.
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  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: He has a large Latino fanbase, mostly due to his hammy, melodramatic lyricism and singing style unintentionally evoking the Ranchera style of Mexican music. Morrissey loves this fanbase as much as they love him: He frequently tours in southern California and Mexico. He even said: "I wish I was born Mexican." Even better, his popularity among Latinos comes into play briefly in Marvel Studios' Ant-Man and the Wasp thanks to that movie's Latino character Luis.
  • Memetic Mutation: Asking him every time about whether or not The Smiths would ever reunite has become this for fans, mainly because Morrissey will say a Long List of reasons as to why the band won't reunite. It becomes insultingly hilarious.
  • Never Live It Down:
    • Best known for being in The Smiths and his vegetarianism. In more recent years, he's become notorious for cancelling tours and tour dates, as observable from this handy compilation of his cancellations. This becomes Harsher in Hindsight after his reveal that he has been undergoing treatments and surgeries for cancer.
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    • His lengthy reasons as to why The Smiths won't reunite is this.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: Throughout his solo career, he has been suspected by some of holding racist or ethno-nationalist opinions, due to his use of British patriotic and homoerotic Skinhead iconography, and the lyrics of certain songs, especially "Bengali in Platforms", "Asian Rut", and "The National Front Disco". In 2012 he settled a libel case with the NME over a 2007 interview which he claimed had undergone Twisting the Words to depict him as anti-immigration. However, he basically burned his boats on the subject in 2017, first when after the suicide bombing at Ariana Grande's Manchester concert he tweeted that he blamed immigrationnote  for the attack and that politicians were too PC or frightened to condemn Islam the way that it deserved to be, and then a few weeks later, during a live radio broadcast, when he expressed support for Anne Marie Waters, a very anti-Muslim candidate for the leadership of the nationalist UK Independence Party who had been rejected by the party's members. And this is not even getting into his other stances.


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