Sinead O'Connor boycotts BBC Woman's Hour over 'offensive' interview

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Sinead O'Connor has vowed to never go on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour show ever again after finding Tuesday's interview to be "extremely offensive".

The Nothing Compares 2 U singer made an appearance on the radio show to promote her new memoir Rememberings and didn't like host Emma Barnett's line of questioning.

Taking to Twitter soon after the interview ended on Tuesday, O'Connor declared that she would never give an interview on the show again.

"Actually found the interview with @Emmabarnett extremely offensive and even misogynistic," she tweeted. "One abusive and invalidating question or statement after another: 'madwoman in the attic' At that point I should have ended it. I will absolutely never do Women’s hour again (sic)."

The Irish singer seemed taken aback when Barnett said The Telegraph's music critic Neil McCormick had once described her as "the crazy lady in pop's attic", and O'Connor pointed out that the line refers to the violent Bertha Mason from Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre.

"I think it's a bit extreme to make the Jane Eyre comparison, I don't think I've ever been perceived as 'the crazy lady in pop's attic' as represented in Jane Eyre," she said. "It's not like I'm trying to attack people with knives or trying to strangle people while I'm walking around in my nightdress."

The 54-year-old also discussed having four children by four different men and said she was "kind of like a Jamaican father". When Barnett cautioned that her comments may be offensive to listeners, O'Connor insisted, "I wasn't stereotyping, I was talking about a particular man I can't remember his name... I'm not generalising on Jamaican people... The fact is lots of them have lots of kids with lots of women and nobody bats a f**king eyelid."

O'Connor apologised for her remarks on Twitter after the show, writing, "Also, apologies if I accidentally offended Jamaican men. I was referring to specific friends of mine in the music business. Jamaican people are my favourite people on this earth and Jamaican male musicians my biggest inspiration."

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