Friday, June 11, 2004

Morrissey's alleged Bush
remark sparks furor



Morrissey, outspoken lead singer of '80s Brit rockers the Smiths, has sparked an Internet storm with reported comments about President Bush.

The Manchester Evening News said Thursday it had received a record number of hits after reporting on its Web site that Morrissey, 45, had interrupted a Dublin concert Saturday with news of former President Reagan's death, adding that he wished Bush had died instead.

Morrissey's record company, Sanctuary Records, could not confirm the remarks.

"We do not have a recording of the gig, but as far as we can tell, Morrissey was just alerting the audience to the fact that Ronald Reagan had died," the newspaper quoted the company as saying. "He then simply followed that up with his comment about George Bush, which was his own opinion. He is no stranger to controversy."

A newspaper spokeswoman said thousands of people, 90 percent from the United States, had contacted the site to complain. A few expressed support for the remarks.




TEMPO
A coach, a friend
Each side of river gets its goetta fest

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Syndication of 'Sex' edited slightly
Parton's 'Love' song heads list of country favorites
Kracker heads to country

PEOPLE
Spears hurts knee in 'Outrageous' video shoot
He said what?
Hip-hop mag must pay Eminem
Morrissey's alleged Bush remark sparks furor
Birthdays

RELATIONSHIPS
Sister needs support for new endeavor
The 'family bed' ruffles feathers
New book adds 'Yes' to parents' vocabulary
True love can't compete with geography

PLANNING AHEAD
Going Out
The Insatiable Shopper
On the fridge
TV Best