Irish singer and activist Sinead O’Connor has died. She was 56.
O’Connor rose to fame for her massive hit; a rendition of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The song was nominated for multiple Grammy awards and bagged her both MTV “Video of the Year” and “Best Video by a Female Artist.” Thanks to her unique voice and exceptional songwriting abilities, she has cemented herself as one of the icons in the music industry.
Ultimately, her untimely death shocked the world, prompting tributes that honor her and her legacy. However, English singer-songwriter Morrissey slams these tributes.
Aside from decorated musical achievements, O’Connor was also widely known for being outspoken on several issues. She was involved in various public controversies related to religion, politics, and social issues. In a Facebook post by Father Nathan Monk, he shares, “While the rest of the world was silent to the myriad of abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, Sinéad O’Connor boldly called it out on national television.”
For fighting for the things she believes in, O’Connor took in criticisms she did not deserve, was called names, and was treated unfairly and harassed.
Morrissey points out that the industry was nowhere to be found at the time when she needed them, but they are now. Morrissey says, “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.” He also adds, “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.”
Several late artists like O’Connor share the same fate. They become celebrated artists until they get involved with controversies that forever change and let everyone forget who they were before that. Suddenly, they become every wrong thing and not the artist that they really are. More than tributes, they deserve apologies.
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