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Tp think Sinead O'Connor should learn some manners?

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breadyegg Sun 17-Feb-13 10:00:17

Just saw her on the BBC. How rude was she to that interviewer? She needs a slap...

I like her as an artist. Have ever so slightly gone off her...

MrsDeVere Sun 17-Feb-13 11:33:04

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DolomitesDonkey Sun 17-Feb-13 11:35:49

Lol @ marmaladeatkins grin

claig Sun 17-Feb-13 11:41:21

It was a disaster in 2 minutes. He handled it wrong and sadly it made her appear bad and she had come on as a guest to sing and presumably get some good publicity.

It was a cringe-making interview, but it is his job to put guests at ease and ask good appropriate questions.

JMKBristol Sun 17-Feb-13 11:42:02

I think she's a very talented singer but would do herself more justice if she was less rebellious. I thought she was very immature and rude and showed herself up.

countrykitten Sun 17-Feb-13 11:44:51

Em is a fabulous interviewer. I have always thought SoC a bit of an arse really. Made her name on the back of a great Prince song.

bigTillyMint Sun 17-Feb-13 11:47:12

I saw that and FWIW, I thought the presenter was a bit thoughtless - he asked her how she was and she looked a bit flummoxed by the question (maybe thought he was referring to her MH issues?) and then said great, feeling good, etc (looking like she didn't know quite how to answer) and he said "are you trying to convince me or yourself?"

bigTillyMint Sun 17-Feb-13 11:47:49

Oops, see Claig has already explained it much more eloquentlyblush

Dylanlovesbaez Sun 17-Feb-13 11:48:42

Countrykitten, she is so much more than that! Her own songs are absolutely incredible.
She's had a pretty shit time over the years, not an excuse but I actually expect there are many mumsnetters who are similar, defensive and prickly due to their past.
She's never been afraid to speak out against the bastards and I admire her greatly for that.

BoneyBackJefferson Sun 17-Feb-13 11:49:31

"I think it was the interviewer's fault"

So the interviewer is responible for her behaviour?

bigTillyMint Sun 17-Feb-13 11:51:30

Boney, he is an interviewer, surely his job is to put his interviewees at their ease?

Lovecat Sun 17-Feb-13 11:54:10

I love Sinead O'Connor, her own stuff is FAR better than that Prince cover.

And if someone asked me was I trying to convince myself I was ok I think I'd be fairly fucking snotty with them too. Just because he's an interviewer doesn't mean he has the right to be unpleasant and not get it back.

She spoke out about child abuse in the church too and was absolutely slammed for it, before it all came out. I think she's dealt with so much crap in her life and never backed down from talking about it, she's brilliant.

As for needing a slap- hmm - really? Really?

Pan Sun 17-Feb-13 11:56:42

I'd doubt if any 'question' would have 'put her at ease'. It looked like she was up for a bit of reaction from the off. Editors round the country will be making mental notes to never interview her 'live' for this album.

claig Sun 17-Feb-13 11:57:00

'So the interviewer is responible for her behaviour?'

Of course, you reap what you sow.

The questions he asked and the comment "are you trying to convince me or yourself?" led inevitably to her taking umbrage at his line of questioning.

I like him and he is a funny, sarcastic guy in most of his interviews. But she is an artist, not the phoney bullshitting politician that he usually interviews, and she needs to be dealt with in a different manner and with some respect.

He got it wrong, he realised it early on, but he didn't have teh skill to get himself out of teh hole that he had dug for himself. In teh end he tried to end teh excruciating interview by almost cutting her off and almost ordering her to start singing by interrupting her and saying "so what are we going to hear?"

I felt sorry for him, but more sorry for her, because it was what he said that led to the confrontation. I admired her for her calm in being able to perform after he had inadvertently embarrassed and angered her by his inept line of questioning.

Birdsgottafly Sun 17-Feb-13 11:57:04

"She stayed in Ireland didn't she? Even after she disclosed. She must have known they would have it in for her and no-one believed her."

I don't want to burst anyone's buble but SO didn't break the news of what happened in the Laundries,or the no abortion stance.

She had to leave Ireland to have terminations, blamed her Catholic upbringing for her MH problems and went a crusade against the Church.

I liked her when she first spoke out about aspects of the lack of choice for women, but she did start to ramble and get over aggressive (there are better ways of campaigning for change).

She was being interviewed about her music, not politics or religion, she gave many interviews around those issues, in the past.

What i didn't like about her (i am in my 40's) was that she spoke to everyone as if they knew nothing and hers was the only opinion that mattered.

BoneyBackJefferson Sun 17-Feb-13 11:57:43


why would that make him responsible for the behaviour of the interviewee?

NamelessHereForEvermore Sun 17-Feb-13 11:58:20


I would have thought she was a perfect MN icon; snippy, rude, aggressive, always bleating on about something...

Best. Post. Ever.


MrsDeVere Sun 17-Feb-13 12:00:04

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BoneyBackJefferson Sun 17-Feb-13 12:01:22


"you reap what you sow"

is that the case in all situations or just this one?

Birdsgottafly Sun 17-Feb-13 12:01:36

"She spoke out about child abuse in the church too and was absolutely slammed for it, before it all came out"

It was known about, just not acknowledged by the Church. It might be because i am in Liverpool (which was once called Little Ireland) and amongst a big Catholic population, that it was often a topic of discussion.

Priests and other Church leaders, were questioning things but being hushed,from higher up, in the 80's.

mrsjay Sun 17-Feb-13 12:03:49

she was On Alan titchmarsh the other day and she gave a great interview, maybe a politics programme isn't the best place for a singer to be I didnt see it and the interviewer looked as if he didnt like her anyway,

Birdsgottafly Sun 17-Feb-13 12:04:05

It was when she wanted to constantly discuss her abortions and when she did lose residency of her children for a while, that her MH was questioned.

She did gpo through a very unwell period.

mrsjay Sun 17-Feb-13 12:04:38

I did see it*

noddyholder Sun 17-Feb-13 12:05:20

I love her She has had a few slaps which is why she is 'snippy'

claig Sun 17-Feb-13 12:05:57

'is that the case in all situations or just this one?'

It is true of many situations. For every action, there is a reaction.

How you treat others and what you say to them will determine the type of reaction you get.

All people are different and some will ignore what you say, but others will take umbrage. that is why interviewing people, understanding people and putting people at ease is a skill that you acquire with years of experience and practice. Some people are naturals at it, but others need to learn from their mistakes.

Eddie Mair is a funny guy and I like his interviews, but he got this one badly wrong and if he is a professional then he will realise that and leran from his mistake.

claig Sun 17-Feb-13 12:10:57

What is so sad about this is that her and teh band got up in the morning to travel to the studio to perform and make a good appearance. Now, due to a bad interview that was not Sinead's fault, she is now being described as having bad manners and being rude etc.

It all went wrong, but it was not due to her.

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