British rock legend Morrissey ripped into the leaders of his country in a Facebook post Tuesday, criticizing Britain’s leaders for their apparent hypocrisy and inability to denounce Islamic extremism and the Islamic State.
Morrissey, whose full name is Steven Patrick Morrissey, penned the scathing post following a terrorist attack Monday evening in Manchester, England. The attack, which the Islamic State has taken responsibility for, left 22 dead and dozens others injured.
The 58-year-old former frontman for The Smiths wrote that he was celebrating his birthday in his hometown of Manchester Monday when the attack occurred.
“The anger is monumental,” Morrissey wrote.
Morrissey then launched into harsh criticisms of British Prime Minister Theresa May, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and even Queen Elizabeth.
May, according to Morrissey, lives in a “bullet-proof bubble” and decried her calls for resiliency in the wake of the attack.
“Theresa May says such attacks ‘will not break us’, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people today in Manchester morgues,” Morrissey wrote.
“Also, ‘will not break us’ means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies on immigration. The young people of Manchester are already broken — thanks all the same, Theresa,” he said.
Morrissey then turned his attention to Kahn, the first Muslim mayor of London.
“Sadiq Khan says ‘London is united with Manchester’, but he does not condemn Islamic State — who have claimed responsibility for the bomb,” Morrissey wrote.
Indeed, it’s not clear what Khan’s position on the Islamic State is. Being a Muslim, the topic of radical Islamic terror has been a touchy subject for him.
The Daily Mail UK reported last year amid the London mayoral campaign that Khan appeared to offer his support to Islamic extremism groups. But in 2015, while a member of Parliament, Khan publicly expressed his fear that his daughters could become radicalized and end up in the Islamic State — an apparent denunciation of the radical group.
Still, Morrissey’s poignant message was made clear with his criticisms of Queen Elizabeth and Burnham. He wrote:
The Queen receives absurd praise for her ‘strong words’ against the attack, yet she does not cancel today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace — for which no criticism is allowed in the Britain of free press. Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist”. An extreme what? An extreme rabbit?
For Morrissey, a lot of the problems boil down to the average British politician’s inability to state what many clearly believe is the problem: Radical Islamic terror and political concessions that allow extremist groups to spread their propaganda.
“In modern Britain everyone seems petrified to officially say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid, but they are never the victims. How easy to be unafraid when one is protected from the line of fire,” Morrissey wrote. “The people have no such protections.”
Monday’s attack, which happened as fans filed out of an Ariana Grande concert, is believed to be a suicide bombing perpetrated by a 22-year-old man who recently spent time in Syria and Libya, two countries where the Islamic State has a big foothold.
Police have also arrested a 23-year-old man they believe is connected to the attack and continue to conduct raids in the Manchester area to apprehend any person they believed helped conspire the attack.
Morrissey’s post clearly struck a chord. As of Wednesday afternoon, his post has more than 75,000 likes, 33,000 shares and nearly 7,000 comments.