Παρασκευή, 15 Σεπτεμβρίου 2006

meat is murder [?]


σκληρές εικόνες, 21 χρόνια πριν, απ' το πιο αγαπημένο μου άλμπουμ των smiths,το meat is murder. στο απόσπασμα της συνέντευξης ο morrissey σχολιάζει το άλμπουμ μετά από 20 χρόνια και μιλάει για τη χορτοφαγία του...
το βίντεο είναι συγκλονιστικό, [αλλά το κρέας νόστιμο].
What turned you vegetarian?
Well, it was a long time ago, actually just over 30 years - simply the love of animals. If you love animals, obviously it doesn't make sense to hurt them. There was a very famous television documentary on British Television. It was about the usual abattoir/slaughter situation, and it horrified me. Because obviously it was very, very rare to see any abattoir footage. They still rarely show things like that on British Television for some reason. So that was the turning point for me. And I always looked at animals and thought they were very much like children and they looked to us always to help them and save them and protect them. Then I could see all these animals being led and assuming they were being led to safety and being organized by human beings - and then, of course, being butchered - very simple.
The Smiths' Meat Is Murder album inspired legions of people, and even nowadays, young people are hearing it for the first time and it's making them think. What made you decide to do something so focused and pointed?
Well, it seemed to me to be a very simple statement, but often, as you know, very simple statements can become incredibly effective. There were a few people who said, "Meat Is Murder - do you really want to call the album that?" It's a bit studenty and a bit typically radical, but it did not have that affect at all, and for it to sell so well and to have such visibility was fantastic - especially at a terribly frothy and fluffy time in pop music, when nobody was saying anything at all. There was no sort of harsh romanticism to pop language; it was very, very dull and soppy, so Meat Is Murder really stood out.
What are your favorite stories of people who changed as a result?
There are so many, but really the ones that strike a chord with me the most are the people who live in very simple situations and the typical family situation. I mean, young people, it seems - certainly in the '80s - had to battle with their parents because their parents were sure [that] by becoming vegetarian, you were missing out on a multitude of proteins and so forth. But often people realize if you are vegetarian, you can look incredibly healthy, and if you eat animals, you can look as if you are dying. So it was nice to see that old argument quashed that you must eat animals to be a healthy person.
How do you think that the world has changed since '85, when Meat Is Murder came out, and how has the way that people respond to vegetarianism and animal rights in general changed?
Well, I look at the world in several ways, and sometimes I examine it and I think it's really not changed. When I see or hear of absolutely grotesque things happening to animals, things that are protected by the government and the police and so forth, I just find this really unacceptable. But then I look and I see a multitude of ways it has changed, and it's really moving to me when you see in small ways how the world has changed - in massive supermarket chains, in small supermarket chains where you see the vegetarian corner ... it's better in England but getting stronger in America.
How do you incorporate animal rights into your everyday life?
I think everything helps. You don't have to be outside burning down buildings - you can do small things all the time. And I really believe that every small gesture can be seen and can be just as effective as any other gesture - as long as you keep it foremost in your mind and it's therefore in everything that you do that you are protecting animals, who need us to protect them. I think it's just so possible to be influential - also, when you're a touring unit, and you tour as much as I do, and you tour as a vegetarian unit, and you make it known. You hear so many stories now of groups who tour as vegetarian units, and it's absolutely fantastic. It's great to be saying "no, no, no" to all these old stale industries. And you arrive at hotels like this, and you book 20 rooms, and all these rooms are vegetarian rooms, and you're making it known all the time that [in] this large touring party, ... nobody is interested in your stale, old silly menus. So it is effective. It really is effective.

6 σχόλια:

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Απιστευτη φρικη...η πιο απλα...ρεαλισμος...

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είναι νόστιμο το άτιμο (και ο δίσκος αριστούργημα)

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this beautiful creature must die
a death for no reason
and a death for no reason is murder...
υπάρχουν κι οι κυνηγοί, που πρέπει κάποιος να τους εκτελέσει...

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Έχω σοκαριστεί. Όχι γιατί δεν τα είχα ξαναδεί, αλλά με το τραγούδι σε αρρωσταίνουν. Έπρεπε να μας προειδοποιήσεις ότι είναι τόσο hardcore. Είχα σκοπό να έφτιαχνα κοτόπουλο σήμερα, τώρα πάω να βρω ζαρζαβατικά...

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pork blood, cow heart

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Όποιος τρώει κρέας θα έπρεπε να μπορεί να φάει ανθρώπινο κρέας, πριν φαει άλλων ζώων! Δολοφόνοι ανόητοι κρεοφάγοι, στο τέλος θα φαγωθείτε μεταξύ σας! Και θα σας αξίζει!