Morrissey Settles Smiths Song Dispute, Blasts Chef Gordon Ramsay

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07: Morrissey performs on stage at Brixton Academy on August 7, 2011 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Broussely/Redferns)

Morrissey has received £10,000 ($14,800) after a Smiths song was used without his permission to promote a British food program. And in typical fashion, the British singer has donated the cash to fund a campaign that slams foie gras -- and its distributors.

U.K. commercial TV network Channel 4 settled with Morrissey after using the Smiths song “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” to advertise Gordon Ramsay’s “Christmas Cookalong Live."

Morrissey, a devout animal activist and vegetarian, is no fan of the foul-mouthed Scottish-born chef.

“Ramsay may very well stick his head in his microwave when he hears that the money I received from Channel 4 … is being donated to PETA to fight foie gras,” the singer explains. “Foie gras is so cruelly produced that he’d be against it if he had an ethical bone in his body”.

Morrissey donated the cash to the animal rights group PETA, who have pledged to pump it into a “hard-hitting ad campaign that slams (department store) Fortnum & Mason for selling the vile product.”

Foie gras is produced by force-feeding birds, and extracting their fattened livers – a process that’s illegal in Britain. 

Morrissey has suffered with health problems of his own this year, which forced him to miss prolonged stretches of his north American tour.