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NME set to apologise to Morrissey

The NME has decided to publically apologise to Morrissey for causing the 'misunderstanding' that he's a racist

The NME is making an attempt to smooth over its damaged relationship with Mozza, reports the Guardian. Morrissey has been furiously suing the paper ever since- he claims- an interview they ran with him used his comments on immigration to suggest that the former Smiths frontman was to all intents and purposes a racist. Not so! Say NME:

"We wish to make clear that we do not believe that he is a racist; we didn't think we were saying he was and we apologise to Morrissey if he or anyone else misunderstood our piece in that way. We never set out to upset Morrissey and we hope we can both get back to doing what we do best...We have said sorry to Morrissey for any misunderstanding that may have arisen. The settlement with Morrissey does not involve payment of any damages or legal costs (other than a small sum of costs which the court ordered NME to pay last year when we applied unsuccessfully to have the case struck out on grounds of delay)."

In the interview Morrissey was quoted musing on immigration--

 "With the issue of immigration, it's very difficult because, although I don't have anything against people from other countries, the higher the influx into England the more the British identity disappears.

"If you walk through Knightsbridge on any bland day of the week you won't hear an English accent. You'll hear every accent under the sun apart from the British accent... England is a memory now. The gates are flooded and anybody can have access to England and join in."

This is, of course, the same Morrissey who has called the Chinese 'a sub species', and hand wringingly noted in a '92 Q Magazine interview that he didn't think "black people and white people will ever really get on or like each other. I don't really think they ever will."

The cynical might suggest that NME's decision to apologise to Morrissey is largely driven by the rumour that The Smiths are to reform, a reunion that would sell a lot of papers- if they could only get an interview. The way things stand now, that's incredibly unlikely...

Here's a spot of Morrissey singing about hanging people.


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