Sinead O'Connor sent an sincere and heartfelt seeming open letter to Miley Cyrus, practically begging the younger singer to stop prostituting herself. In return for the warning signal that her recent misbehavior will hurt her in the long run, Miley Cyrus mocked Sinead O'Conner on Twitter. The story is being reported on Oct. 3, 2013 by various sources, including Entertainment Weekly (see the copy of the letter) and Billboard (Miley's reply).
Cyrus has been flaunting her rebellious attitude with outrageous antics, including her shocking Twerking and grinding display on Robin Thicke during the MTV Video Awards and her sledgehammer licking naked performance on the 'Wrecking Ball' video.
Sinead O'Connor was brought into the train-wreck of a live drama by Cyrus herself when Cyrus mentioned, in a Rolling Stone interview, that her "Wrecking Ball" performance was based upon O'Connor's video "Nothing Compares to You." Cyrus stated, "It's the opposite of the VMAs. It's like the Sinead O'Connor video but, like, the most modern version. I wanted it to be tough but really pretty – that's what Sinead did with her hair and everything."
In O'Connor's open letter to Cyrus, she replied, "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. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age.. which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age."
O'Connor is no stranger to controversy. She is often remembered for shaving her head, sparking a fashion trend, and for tearing up a picture of the Pope in the days before sex allegations against priests were widely reported. Her tactics in 1992 were controversial, but O'Connor seems to have been ahead of her times.
Miley Cyrus must have felt some admiration for O'Connor when she mentioned that she was inspired by the Irish musician. Unfortunately, Cyrus took the conversation down several notches in a scathing series of Tweets mocking O'Connor for asking for help with mental illness.
O'Connor complimented Miley's talent and cautioned the young singer against the dangers of letting people in the music industry make her into a prostitute. She warned Miley that in the long run the record company executives did not really care about her, only about the money they could make on her, including profit made off of making a fool of her and her naked body.
O'Connor wrote, "You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn't see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Don’t be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty.. which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognize those who do not."
O'Connor continued, "I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn't let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying f— about you. They’re there for the money.. we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control."
Cyrus could have ignored the letter, since she said in Rolling Stone that she doesn't read bad reviews, and no one would have known whether she actually saw it, thereby acting in a classy, thoughtful manner. It is no surprise though that Cyrus' reaction was the opposite of classy. Her response was nasty and immature, a really low blow that was a virtual slap in the face to O'Connor and to Amanda Bynes.
In a series of Tweets, headed "Before there was Amanda Bynes, there was...." Miley sent out Tweets that O'Connor sent out in 2012, when she was having a public meltdown and seeking help. Amanda Bynes has been in the news for bizarre behavior and went into court ordered rehab.
Miley's response was not just an insult to O'Connor and Amanda Bynes, but to any of her fans or non-fans who suffer from forms of mental illness.
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