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Conor McGregor accused of racism: “Sound like a slave owner”

"What the f*ck racist shit you been swallowing? Where has the real Conor gone?"

UFC superstar Conor McGregor recently faced harsh accusations of racism – From fellow Irishman and music star Sinead O’Connor.

The two have had a good relationship before, but it seems that a tweet from McGregor sparked a tirade. He put out a message on Twitter, encouraging Irish citizens to apply for work in agriculture, prevent migrant workers entering during the ongoing pandemic and keep Ireland under as strict quarantine as possible.

While his message didn’t come off as nationalistic in itself, many of the people who commented on his post had nationalistic and xenophobic stances. However it seems that the phrase “break the chains of all command” was what prompted a stern response from O’Connor.


McGregor then chimed in, not long after that O’Connor began with the accusatory tweets. He explained that his original message wasn’t about immigrants per se, but rather keeping Ireland under as strict of a lockdown as possible to prevent the spread of Covid-19. He claimed that thousands of migrant workers coming to Ireland was “too risky” in today’s global pandemic.

McGregor has previously come under fire and accusations of racism for controversial remarks. For example, his arch rival Khabib Nurmagomedov is a devout muslim. McGregor attacked Nurmagomedov by claiming that his wife “was a towel”, due to the religious clothing she wore in a picture.

O’Connor seemingly cooled off when McGregor defended himself, O’Connor encouraged restraint, and for him to be careful with the sort of language he uses.

The spat between these two comes off as somewhat odd. O’Connor sang McGregor’s entrance song during his walk in at UFC 189 in 2015. The two seem to have had an aimable relationship since, but it’s clear that he has a tendancy to rub certain people the wrong way at times.

Were the accusations of racism towards Conor McGregor an over reaction or a result of his poor phrasing?

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