Morrissey gets what he wants in lawsuit against Channel 4

Wins £10,000 in settlement and donates to anti-foie gras PETA campaign


Morrissey has said that infamously hot-headed chef Gordon Ramsay “may very well stick his head in his microwave” after the singer’s £10,000 win in a lawsuit against Channel 4 for the channel’s unauthorized use of his creative works.


The singer sued the company for running The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” during a promotion for the 2011 TV special Gordon Ramsay’s Christmas Cookalong Live without the artist’s permission.

Channel 4 said in a statement, “In this instance, a small payment was made additionally to our music blanket agreements for this trailer.” 

But the singer, vegetarian and animal rights activist didn’t stop there. After winning the settlement, Morrissey donated his earnings to the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for an anti-foie gras campaign.

And just to get his point across that “meat is murder,” he even took to attacking Gordon Ramsay himself by making claims of the unethical practices that have triumphed his restaurant businesses worldwide.

“Ramsay may very well stick his head in his microwave when he hears that the money I received from Channel 4 because one of my songs was used to promote his Christmas show is being donated to PETA to fight foie gras,” Morrissey said. “Foie gras is so cruelly produced that he’d be against it if he had an ethical bone in his body.” 

Although it is sometimes produced ethically, foie gras is criticized for being made from the liver of ducks or geese that have been fattened by force feeding. 

The £10,000 will fully fund a series of billboards attacking luxury retailer Fornum & Mason for its selling of the controversial goose liver. 

“With this generous gift, Morrissey is literally putting his money where his mouth is and combating cruelty to animals,” said PETA associate director Mimi Bekhechi.


In this case, Morrissey seems to have started something he could finish.