Rocker Morrissey has declined an invitation from a leading British Tv network to provide an alternative to Queen Elizabeth II's famous annual Christmas Day (25Dec14) speech with his own televised broadcast.
The former The Smiths frontman claims bosses at Channel 4 offered him the opportunity to make an Alternative Christmas Day Speech, which would air in the U.K. at the same time as the monarch's yearly broadcast to the nation on the Bbc.
However, the famously anti-royal pop star has turned it down as he does not want to criticise the Queen on the national holiday.
A statement posted on fan website True-to-you.net reads, "Morrissey has politely declined an invitation from Channel 4 Television to deliver an Alternative Christmas Day Speech which would be transmitted at the same time that the Queen delivers her Christmas Day speech for the Bbc.
"Morrissey has commented: 'My view that the monarchy should be quietly dismantled for the good of England is reasonably well-known, but I don't think Christmas Day is quite the time to be trading slaps. The Queen should be allowed the impassioned trance of her annual address to the British people, if only to once again prove that, in her frozen posture, she has nothing to offer and nothing to say, and she has no place in modern Britain except as a figure of repression; no independent thought required. The Queen very well might be the most powerful woman in England, but she lacks the power to make herself loved, and the phony inflation of her family attacks all rational intellect. All over the world highly civilized peoples exist without the automatic condescension of a 'royal' family. England can do the same, and will find more respect for doing so.'"
According to A Channel 4 spokesperson, Morrissey was never offered the opportunity to perform the alternative speech: "We are not aware of any approach having been made to Morrissey to deliver Channel 4's Alternative Christmas message."