In case you haven’t heard or seen the news headlines, Miley Cyrus has taken a wrecking ball to the entertainment industry in the past couple weeks. From her performance on the VMAs with Robin Thicke, to her provocative music videos, she is a marketing machine. Good, bad, or indifferent she’s receiving the attention she wants and the public is literally buying it. According to Billboard.com, Miley’s recent album “Bangerz” has debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and “has earned the year's largest sales week for a solo woman, and the second-largest for a pop album. The former “Hannah Montana” star has grown up and wants everyone to know.
Despite her collaborations with other pop and R&B artist, some artists are not thrilled with the latest change in her image. A recent Rolling Stone interview quoted Miley comparing her “Wrecking Ball” video to Sinead O’Conner’s “Nothing Compares” video. In an scathing and candid open letter to Miley Cyrus, the legendary Sinead O’Conner provides some seasoned words of wisdom to the young star and responds to the comparison. Her honest review of the music industry is empowering for all women in the professional world:
“I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping. . .
You also said in Rolling Stone that your look is based on mine. The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks. . .
Real empowerment of yourself as a woman would be to in future refuse to exploit your body or your sexuality in order for men to make money from you. I needn’t even ask the question … I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked. It’s really not at all cool. And its sending dangerous signals to other young women. Please in future say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself. Your body is for you and your boyfriend. It isn’t for every spunk-spewing dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with. . .
Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted … it’s so not cool Miley … its dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. We aren’t merely objects of desire.”
You can read the entire letter at www.sineadoconnor.com.