Miley Cyrus, current queen of pop music controversy, has found herself on the receiving end of some serious tough love advice from a woman who formerly wore the same crown: Sinead O’Connor. Cyrus recently cited the Irish songstress’s 1990′s “Nothing Compares 2 U” as inspiration for her “Wrecking Ball” video, and also said that her hairstyle was a nod to O’Connor.
In response, O’Connor wrote a brutally honest — but clearly heartfelt and well-meaning – open letter to Cyrus, saying, “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.”
What she tells her “in the spirit of motherliness and love”, consists of no-holds-barred phrases like the following (Be forewarned of graphic language):
“The music business doesn’t give a shit 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.”
“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 its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Miley.. its dangerous.”
“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…Kindly fire any motherfucker who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”
The whole letter can be seen after the jump (and we recommend reading the entirety — it’s pretty fantastic).
As rebellious youths tend to respond to mother/daughter tough love talks, Cyrus chose to ignore the well-meaning message, and instead fired back with snark and resentment, tweeting the following taunting messages in O’Connor’s direction: Read more