In response to Miley Cyrus’ recent interview with Rolling Stone, Irish singer Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter. Cyrus cited O’Connor and her 1990 hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” as inspiration for her “Wrecking Ball” video. O’Connor has been through this before. Writing out of “motherliness and love”, she warns the young star that the music business does not care about her or anyone else.
In the letter, O’Connor stated, “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.” O’Connor parallels what we have been seeing on television as Miley’s prostitution, while the music industry “sells” her body. She warns Cyrus that her talent is obscured by allowing herself to be pimped, by the music business and herself.
While the letter was taken down from O’Connor’s site, a “feud” already erupted on the internet. However, Cyrus and O’Connor now say it’s over. Today, October 7th, one day before she officially drops her new album, Bangerz, Miley went on The Today Show to “clear the air.” Miley says she is a fan of O’Connor and respects her work. Clearly still bothered by the reaction of her elder, she compared the open letters to the countless meaningless blog posts she receives daily.
Regardless, I am glad someone reached out to Miley. As a fan since I was a child, I cannot watch her videos or listen to her songs anymore without disgust and sadness. Let’s try to fight global human trafficking, while a young American “artist” strips down and licks sledgehammers. A talented girl is doing anything for attention, with no care for morality of the public or even her own worth.