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Morrissey Promotes American Idol on Late Show

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Lawsuits, anti-racism concert-funding, and all, Morrissey's still got it. Above, a clip from his performance on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. But wait, is that an American Idol T-shirt the ordinarily dapper tear-jerkist is sporting? Morrissey is of course not above any heavy-handed fit of irony, but has he made an about face on AI's brand of popular-rule arts?

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Moz fans might recall an interview the singer gave to Entertainment Weekly a while back. Asked to expand on his theory that shitty popular music was made all the more shitty by shameless promotion of the talentless, he said: "Idol is an easy target as the contestants are really just very simple children who are manipulated by truly awful grown-up people." Fair enough, but has he decided on a tact different from trash-talking from the sidelines? Could he be hoping to earn a spot as an American Idol mentor so as to destroy it from within? More important, will we in time be made to endure Jason Castro's ukulele version of "How Soon Is Now?"

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