Morrissey Criticizes The Hypocrisy Surrounding Sinéad O’Connor’s Passing

The Smiths’ Morrissey recently shared a statement about the passing away of Sinéad O’Connor. The singer passed away on July 26, this Wednesday. The same day, Morrissey expressed his disappointment on his blog about those who called O’Connor an ‘icon’ or ‘legend’ after her death but ‘didn’t have the guts’ to show the same support when she was alive. The statement said:

“She had only so much ‘self’ to give. 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.”

Slamming O’Connor’s tributes by celebrities, the media, and the music industry, Morrissey continued:

“The cruel playpen of fame gushes with praise for Sinead today… with the usual moronic labels of ‘icon’ and ‘legend.’ You praise her 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. The press will label artists as pests because of what they withhold… and they would call Sinead sad, fat, shocking, insane… oh but not today!”

He added:

“Music CEOs who had put on their most charming smile as they refused her for their roster are queuing-up to call her a ‘feminist icon,’ and 15-minute celebrities and goblins from hell and record labels of artificially aroused diversity are squeezing onto Twitter to Twitter their jibber-jabber… when it was YOU who talked Sinead into giving up… because she refused to be labeled, and she was degraded, as those few who move the world are always degraded.”

Morrissey also compared O’Connor to other female celebrities and musicians who were let down by the public in their time. He continued:

“Why is ANYBODY surprised that Sinead O’Connor is dead? Who cared enough to save Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse, Marilyn Monroe, Billie Holiday? Where do you go when death can be the best outcome? Was this music madness worth Sinead’s life? No, it wasn’t. She was a challenge, and she couldn’t be boxed-up, and she had the courage to speak when everyone else stayed safely silent. She was harassed simply for being herself. Her eyes finally closed in search of a soul she could call her own.”

The statement continued:

“As always, the lamestreamers miss the ringing point, and with locked jaws they return to the insultingly stupid ‘icon’ and ‘legend’ when last week words far more cruel and dismissive would have done. Tomorrow the fawning fops flip back to their online shitposts and their cosy Cancer Culture and their moral superiority and their obituaries of parroted vomit … all of which will catch you lying on days like today … when Sinead doesn’t need your sterile slop.”

The singer has struggled with her mental health since her son, Shane, took his own life in January last year. Shane escaped a hospital while on suicide watch and was later found dead a few hours later, leaving his mom heartbroken. O’Connor also suffered from public pressure during her life, including her criticism of the Catholic church and her conversion to Islam.

The cause of O’Connon’s death is still unknown.