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Sinead O’Connor says Conor McGregor sounds like racist ‘slave owner’ during coronavirus debate

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It’s not the fight you wanted, but it’s the fight you’re gonna get as Conor McGregor and Sinead O’Connor battled on Twitter about the coronavirus over an article about fruits and vegetables.

Sinead O’Connor famously rolled out the red carpet for Conor McGregor with a live performance of ‘The Foggy Dew’ at UFC 189, which is the kind of creative element that feels missing in the UFC production. Unfortunately, McGregor and O’Connor weren’t in the mood for collaborating this week.

It’s not the fight MMA fans expected, but I suppose we’ll take what we can get. An impromptu debate was sparked between Conor McGregor and Sinead O’Connor over what seemed like a harmless article about fruits and vegetables.

It all started with a seemingly ‘innocuous’ tweet.

McGregor was replying to a story about how Ireland’s farm sector is planning on using chartered flights to transport in 1,500 Romanian and Bulgarian workers to save Ireland’s fruit and vegetable harvest.

As with most debates, language was the center point. It’s the last part that O’Connor found contentious.

McGregor tried to explain himself.

And so did O’Connor.

And then it ended. O’Connor made her closing remarks, and McGregor made his as well. He has since deleted it, but you can see his original remarks here, which was in Gaelic.

“Nà déan mearbhall ar ghnó na troda le réaltacht, Sinead,” McGregor wrote. “Tá brón orm má chiontaítear é.”

It loosely translates to: “Do not confuse the fighting business with reality, Sinead. I am sorry if convicted.”

It’s easy to see where both were coming from. McGregor seemed provoked by the concept of a policy going against quarantine. O’Connor seemed provoked by the concept of anti-immigration. It’s a tough situation for everyone involved, and immigrants are no different than the rest of us. In the US, three in four non-citizen immigrants work in industries that got hit with layoffs this March. Oddly enough, the article McGregor refers to notes that “many of the Bulgarian and Romanian workers have been employed on the same Irish farms for years and are fully trained and experienced.”

I don’t think anyone was out of bounds. Just a bit quick to pull the trigger. Out of bounds, thy name is Jon Jones.