Morrissey Rips Into People Paying Tribute to Sinead O’Connor

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While the music industry and media have been flooded with tributes honoring the legacy of the late Irish singer, Sinead O’Connor, Morrissey isn’t buying it. In a recent statement published on his website, Morrissey called out certain members of the music industry and media for their disingenuous praise, asserting that they lacked the courage to support O’Connor while she was alive and in need. He said:

“now ONLY because it is too late. You hadn’t the guts to support her when she was alive and she was looking for you.”

“She had only so much ‘self’ to give,” Morrissey said of O’Connor. “She was dropped by her label after selling 7 million albums for them. She became crazed, yes, but uninteresting, never. She had done nothing wrong. She had proud vulnerability … and there is a certain music industry hatred for singers who don’t ‘fit in’ (this I know only too well), and they are never praised until death – when, finally, they can’t answer back.”

Speaking about O’Connor, Morrissey acknowledged her undeniable talent and unique persona. He pointed out that despite selling 7 million albums for her label, she was eventually dropped, leading to a decline in her mental health. Morrissey contended that the music industry often holds animosity towards artists who refuse to conform to traditional norms, and those artists only receive accolades posthumously, when they can no longer defend themselves.

He criticized the press for labeling artists negatively based on what they choose not to reveal, citing that O’Connor was often subjected to harsh and degrading comments. Now, however, the same individuals who once rejected her are quick to hail her as a “feminist icon” and other flowery titles, showcasing the hypocrisy in the industry.

Comparing her struggle to that of other legendary artists who faced similar challenges, such as Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, and Billie Holiday, Morrissey emphasized that O’Connor dared to challenge norms and refused to be labeled. She faced harassment for being true to herself, and her authenticity was a challenge for those who sought to control and confine her.

Morrissey criticized the mainstream media for missing the true essence of O’Connor’s spirit and reducing her to empty titles like “icon” and “legend.” He expressed frustration at the superficiality of their coverage, especially when harsher words were often directed at her while she was alive. He condemned the “cancel culture” mentality and the hollow obituaries that serve as mere parroted platitudes.

In conclusion, Morrissey stressed that O’Connor doesn’t need the sterile and insincere praise from those who didn’t stand by her during her struggles. He urged people to look beyond the superficiality and appreciate the depth and courage of O’Connor’s artistry. Instead of paying lip service in her passing, he called for genuine support and understanding while artists are still alive and in need.

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