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Morrissey Calls Out 'Insultingly Stupid,' 'Sterile Slop' Sinéad O'Connor Tributes

27 July 2023 | 2:57 pm | Mary Varvaris

"You hadn’t the guts to support her when she was alive and she was looking for you."

Morrissey & Sinéad O'Connor

Morrissey & Sinéad O'Connor (Credit: Sean Mullarkey, Supplied)

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Morrissey has ripped into music industry members for sharing tributes for Sinéad O’Connor since news of her passing broke this morning.

Posting to his website, Morrissey Central, the singer called out “sterile slop” and “insultingly stupid” comments, writing “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.”

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He opened the fiery statement with, “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.”

Morrissey continued, “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.”

Morrissey then compared the tragic, untimely passing of fellow trouble musicians who were shunned for mental health and substance abuse issues, including Amy Winehouse, Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, Billie Holiday and Marilyn Monroe.

“Was this music madness worth Sinead’s life?” He asked before answering, “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.

“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,” Morrissey added, “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.”

Sinéad O’Connor’s family announced her passing in a statement, per BBC, “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.”

The cause of her death is unknown at this time.