SEATTLE (CelebrityAccess) — Outspoken British rocker Morrissey couldn’t’ avoid politics during the Northwestern leg of his current North American tour and stopped his performance at the Moda Center in Portland on Monday night.
According to the Seattle Times, Morrissey stopped the concert to request that protestors in the audience holding up signs be removed from the show.
Video posted of the moment shows the protestors holding up two signs – one reading ‘Bigmouth Indeed’ and other showing th crossed out symbol for For Britain, a far-right political faction in the UK.
“Let’s be quite frank. When you or the sign are removed, I will continue. Otherwise, get out. Now,” Moz tells the audience in the video.
He then begins chanting “Go” and telling the apparently offending audience members “We don’t need you.”
A subsequent performance on Tuesday night at the WaMu Theatre in Seattle was abruptly canceled with the venue operators Seattle Theatre Group releasing a statement that said: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, Morrissey will not be able to perform tonight’s concert scheduled in Seattle, Washington.”
Morrissey, who is on a double headlining tour with Interpol, is set to resume his tour at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco on Thursday night.
Morrissey, who has never shied away from controversy, has come under criticism in recent years for supporting For Britain, a far-right political party founded by the anti-Islam activist Anne Marie Waters. Earlier this year, Moz wore the party’s pin during an appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Last year, he penned a blog post in support of For Britain, arguing that the party was not racist or fascist, despite Britain’s nationalist political party Liberty GB merging with For Britain in 2017.