Saturday 21 April 2018

Voyeurism and compassion: who is really hurting Sinead?

The outpouring about Sinead O'Connor's distressing video showed little understanding of the real situation, writes Donal Lynch

Sinead O'Connor Picture: David Conachy
Sinead O'Connor Picture: David Conachy
Donal Lynch

Donal Lynch

The video which Sinead O'Connor posted this week on Facebook made for fairly excruciating viewing, not least because it seemed like so much history repeating.

There were the same recriminations, pleas and accusations that have characterised her written posts and private utterings for years now.

There was the familiar attempt to harness the power of the mass media in what is a deeply private matter; in 1993 it was a sprawling poem to her father spanning a page of The Irish Times; a quarter of a century later the medium is social media.

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