Miley Cyrus has got mail. The 20-year old wild child is the recipient of an open letter from 46-year old Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, who felt compelled to reach out to her after the former “Hanna Montana” star compared her racy “Wrecking Ball” video to O’Connor’s classic 1990s clip, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
On October 2, Entertainment Weekly posted the letter, which warns Cyrus to stop letting herself be “prostituted” by industry fat cats.
"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," O’Connor wrote. "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."
"The music business doesn't [care] about you, or any of us," she continued. "They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it’s what YOU wanted... and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, 'they' will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone."
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Cyrus described her naked video as a modern day version of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which featured a bald (but clothed) O’Connor.
“It's like the Sinead O'Connor video, but, like, the most modern version,” Cyrus said. “I wanted it to be tough but really pretty – that's what Sinead did with her hair and everything. The trick is getting the camera up above you, so it almost looks like you're looking up at someone and crying…I think it will be one of those iconic videos, too. I think it's something that people are not gonna forget. Hopefully an artist 30 years from now will be like, ‘Yo, you remember that Miley Cyrus video? We gotta do something like that.’”
But O’Connor thinks Cyrus missed the point: "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…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…greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with.”
And as for Miley’s ongoing bid to drop her Disney image, O’Connor had something to say about that, too, but she did give her some words of encouragement in the process: “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 it’s somehow cool to be prostituted. It’s so not cool Miley…it’s dangerous. As for the shedding of the Hannah Montana image, whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady. Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. She’s waaaaaaay gone by now...Not because you got naked but because you make great records.”