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Sinead O'Connor to Miley Cyrus: The music business 'will prostitute you'

Sinead O'Connor, left, and Miley Cyrus.

Sinead O'Connor, left, and Miley Cyrus. (Credit: AP )

[UPDATE: Sinead O'Connor responded to Miley Cyrus' tweets (which also include a photo of O'Connor ripping the pope's photo on "SNL") Thursday evening on her Facebook page, writing, in part:

Ms Cyrus' lawyers will be contacted by mine regarding this matter.
I confirm also that I do not at all support or condone the abuse or mockery of those who have been brave enough to openly discuss mental health issues. Mockery causes deaths.

To that, Cyrus tweeted: "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week." followed by "So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)"

O'Connor then posted another, much longer, message early Friday on Facebook beginning with:

Third letter to Miley


I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you.

So there's that. Maybe next they'll take the feud to Instagram.

Miley Cyrus may have been inspired by Sinead O'Connor, but that doesn't mean she's taking kindly to the older singer's advice.

O'Connor, 46, took to her website this week to pen an "Open Letter to Miley Cyrus," after she says she began receiving calls from media outlets requesting her response to Cyrus' recent Rolling Stone interview, in which the pop star says the tear-filled close-ups in her "Wrecking Ball" music video were inspired by O'Connor's 1990 video for "Nothing Compares 2 U."

But rather than addressing the 20-year-old singer's work, O'Connor took the opportunity to say what many Miley critics are thinking: Mostly that she is "extremely concerned" that Cyrus thinks 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."

Imparting some wisdom in "the spirit of motherliness and with love," O'Connor warns her to "pay close attention" to the music business, which she says "doesn't care about any of us."

"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," she writes.

Overwhelming traffic shut down O'Connor's site Thursday, but you can read the full letter below.

O'Connor has faced her own fair share of controversy (ie, the time she tore up the pope's photo on "Saturday Night Live"), and she has battled her own demons, which include mental illness that led to a suicide attempt in early 2012.

That wasn't lost on Cyrus, who responded to the open letter Thursday via Twitter by posting a screenshot of desperate tweets O'Connor wrote following her suicide attempt nearly two years ago, in which she asks for help finding a psychiatrist. "Before Amanda Bynes . . . There was . . ." Cyrus captioned the photo. (Note: That tweet got more than 2,500 retweets and more than 3,000 favorites within 30 minutes.)

Whose side are you on in this latest celebrity feud? Sinead O'Connor's or Miley Cyrus'?


The full letter, as lifted from sineadoconnor.com and published on Entertainment Weekly (edited for vulgar language):

Dear Miley,

I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your “Wrecking Ball” video was designed to be similar to the one for “Nothing Compares” . . . So this is what I need to say . . . And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.

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.

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.

I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you.

The music business doesn’t give a ---- about you, or any of us. 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.

None of the men oggling you give a ---- about you either, do not be fooled. Many’s the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesn’t mean they give a ---- about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a ---- about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a ---- about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped. and that includes you yourself.

Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and its associated media.

You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of show biz 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 recognise those who do not.

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 ---- 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.

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.

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 it’s 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  --- dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with.

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.

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. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers. that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any mother------ who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.

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