As you might have guessed, Cyrus didn’t appreciate the unsolicited advice. We’ll get to that in a minute.
O’Connor posted the open letter on her website this week rather than talking to journalists who have been calling to get her response to Cyrus’ comparison.
Cyrus had discussed the two videos in her recent cover story interview with Rolling Stone, saying, “It’s like the Sinead O’Connor video [for ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’], 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.”
Sure, both women have buzzed hair in the videos and tears rolling down their faces, but one thing was missing in Cyrus’ video – clothes.
Noting that she was writing Cyrus “in the spirit of motherliness and with love,” O’Connor said that she was extremely concerned about the young singer’s recent sexually charged escapades.
“Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.” (Although O’Connor’s website is currently down, the letter was posted on EntertainmentWeekly.com.)
O’Connor warned Cyrus that the music business “doesn’t give a s**t about you.” She added, “They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its 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.”
Of course, the “Wrecking Ball” video isn’t the only time Cyrus has appeared recently in little to no clothing, from her flesh-colored bikini on the VMAs to her see-through ensemble at the iHeartRadio festival to her nude (complete with her tongue out, again) Rolling Stone cover.
O’Connor reminded Cyrus that “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.”
She ended the open letter with a suggestion for Cyrus about the industry folks surrounding her: “Kindly fire any motherf***er who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”
So, what does Cyrus think about O’Connor’s recommendations? Rather than responding to the content of the open letter, Cyrus mocked O’Connor’s struggles with mental illness.
The pop star tweeted, “Before Amanda Bynes … There was …” along with a screenshot of what looks to be the O’Connor’s tweets from 2012. A sample tweet: “Does any1 know a psychiatrist in dublin or wicklow who could urgently see me today please? I’m really un-well … and in danger.”
Yeah, real hilarious stuff, Miley. As if mental illness wasn’t stigmatized enough.
Cyrus also tweeted an image of O’Connor’s notorious appearance on “Saturday Night Live” when she tore up a picture of the pope.
Guess we’ll see what Cyrus does when she hosts “SNL” on Saturday. Who wants to bet she rips a picture of O’Connor in half?