'Why is ANYBODY surprised Sinéad O'Connor is dead?' Morrissey slams 'moronic' tributes after singer's death at 56

Thursday 27 July 2023

Singer Morrissey has criticised the outpouring of tributes to Sinéad O'Connor after her death, accusing the music industry and media of "moronic" hypocrisy.

Announcing the Irish singer's death yesterday, her family and friends issued the following statement: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Sinéad.

"Her family and friends are devastated and have requested privacy at this very difficult time."

Within hours, Morrissey posted a 400-word monologue on his website, attacking the words of remembrance and tributes being paid on social media.

"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," he wrote.

Morrissey: '<em>Was this music madness worth Sinead’s life? No, it wasn’t.</em>'

"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!"

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar paid tribute O’Connor, saying: “Her music was loved around the world and her talent was unmatched and beyond compare.”

Fiachna O Braonain, a broadcaster and member of the Hothouse Flowers, said it was a “privilege” to have performed and toured with her.

“(She had) one of the most unique voices to ever come out of Ireland, there’s no question about it,” he told Newstalk radio.

“Her voice could go from a whisper to a scream and convey such deep emotion.

“So many female artists now are all paying tribute to her, saying she paved the way in so many ways for so many of our incredible female artists that we don’t play enough on the radio.”

TalkTV's Piers Morgan remembered the times he interviewed Sinéad, saying she possessed talent "beyond comparison".

Paul Nolan, contributing editor at Irish music magazine Hot Press, said Sinéad's death represents not just a loss of a great musician, but also of a “warm, engaging” person.

Morrissey's statement in full

“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.

"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! 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 labelled, and she was degraded, as those few who move the world are always degraded.

"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.

"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.”

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