Profile: Morrissey, singer

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Who is this charming man?

It's cantankerous musician Morrissey, and he's in trouble again. On stage in Warsaw, the former Smiths frontman said that fast food restaurants were worse than the massacre in Norway in which 76 people were killed. "We all live in a murderous world, as the events in Norway have shown. Though that is nothing compared to what happens in McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Shit every day." He then launched into a rendition of the Smiths song "Meat is Murder".

It's not the first time he has put his foot in his mouth is it?

No. He is a staunch defender of animal rights, and has on several occasions made some pretty indefensible remarks; last year he labelled the Chinese "a subspecies" because of their poor record on animal welfare.

He must be losing the plot

Maybe, but then Morrissey, 52, has never been one to shy away from controversy. He has made very few friends in showbusiness purely because of his prickly approach to politics, the media and his fellow musicians over the years. These days he tours solo, without a record label, and is even at loggerheads with some of his own followers. After a fan website posted negative reviews of his new material, he took to the stage wearing a T-shirt which had the words "F**K MORRISSEY-SOLO.COM" printed on it.

Not so charming man then...

You be the judge. Even those fans who have stuck with him have expressed shock at this latest controversy. The man himself has refused to comment and says his outburst "speaks for itself".