Sinead O'Connor reveals why she said she 'never wants to spend time with white people again'
Sinead O'Connor has always been one for making controversial statements, but recently she has been making even more drastic changes to her life, and inflammatory statements too.
In October, the Irish singer-songwriter announced that she had renounced Christianity, converted to Islam, and changed her name to Shuhada Davitt.
But that wasn't all. In a series of tweets, the 51-year-old musician spoke about how she felt that white people were "disgusting," and that she doesn't want to spend any time with them again:
"I'm terribly sorry. What I’m about to say is something so racist I never thought my soul could ever feel it. But truly I never wanna spend time with white people again (if that’s what non-muslims are called). Not for one moment, for any reason. They are disgusting.
"Interesting to see if Twitter bans this when it allows people like Trump and Milbank spew the satanic filth upon even my country. Forgive me. Sometimes the Lord needs dirty workers."
From there, she went on to point out that for any "intelligent theologian," they can see that the Quran references the same level of violence as the bible, adding that it is "all equally irellevant to our times". She continued:
"NO more martyrs please. Its a STOOOOOOOPID I-F*CKING-DEA. Lads. Sit down and let the females show you how to sing the devil to sleep.
"Everyone says the Poor Americans are the victim of Trump. But you hired him. So fire him. Otherwise you’re complicit
"If its ‘Crazy’ to care," she concluded. "Then by all means, spank my ass and call me Fruity loops".
However, she had critics on all sides taking her to task for her comments, including practising Muslims.
"So you convert to Islam and now you don't want to spend time with white people? If you really think that you're an embarrassment to Islam, and I for one would not want you tarnishing my religion with this hate speech," one wrote.
After some time away, O'Connor has returned to social media this week, still using her new Arabic name, and wearing a Hijab in a new video.
In the clip, she suggests that she made these claims last week in order to get her Twitter account removed:
"I decided to come back to Twitter as I love annoying the white supremacists that are now all over my page.
"I don’t really hate white people, it’s just the way I see it is Twitter would close my account if I said I did because they closed my account for saying I don’t like nuns murdering babies in Ireland.
"I was rather hoping they would close my page if I said I hated white people. But they didn’t."
Twitter has come under some criticism for its policies on suspending accounts, verification and flagged tweets - something that O'Connor may be referencing here. It does seem that, after all, her initial comments were meant to cause a stir and were not said with complete sincerity.