This week Sinead O’Connor posted a video from a Travelodge motel in NJ desperately asking for help.
“I just want someone I love to come and get me,” she pleads in the video. “I’m one in a million.” She accompanied the post with the hashtag “#OneInAMillion,” meaning she’s just one of a million people who suffer from mental illnesses.
In O’Connor’s hour of darkness, it’s time for fans to show her how much she’s appreciated.
O’Connor’s life has been unstable from the start. Her parents split when she was eight and Sinead and her brother lived with her abusive mother. Eventually, her father gained back custody, but the damage was done. (“Fire On Babylon” was written about being abused as a child.)
She attended several religious schools she rebelled against. Eventually, she had an Irish language teacher who encouraged her to write songs.
After singing in several bands since age 15, she wrote and recorded her first album when she was 20 years old and eight months pregnant. Her debut, The Lion And The Cobra came out in 1987, reached gold status and won the Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.
In 1993, after almost a decade of working as a musician, she wrote a powerful letter to The Irish Times about how she deserves respect. “My name is Sinead O’Connor. I am learning to love myself. I am deserving. I deserve to be treated with respect. I deserve not to be treated like dirt,” she began the letter. “I am a member of the human race. I deserve not to be hurt.”
She ends the letter with, “when we mock the expression of human feeling. When we scoff at the sound of our children’s keening. There is a mirror into which we are not looking.”
It’s far past the time to stop mocking human feeling. We need to remember the strength that made the world notice Sinead O’Connor in the first place
1. She said “fuck you” to a time where women were usually only viewed as beautiful with a head full of hair.
2. Many of her songs are politically fueled and she doesn’t hold back on her views. “Famine” is about her homeland Ireland and was nominated for a Grammy.
3. She’s outspoken about her political views. She stirred up controversy by ripping up a picture of the Pope during her SNL performance, protesting the Catholic Church covering up child abuse.
4. “Fire On Babylon” is a harrowing song about her experience of being abused as a child.
5. She covered Prince before it was cool.
6. She had her first child when she was launching her solo career and she still kicked ass.
7. She’s an all around badass but still isn’t afraid to express her sensitive side.