Singer Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor have been writing publically open letters and messages to each other this week. Although the two haven’t put their pens away yet, it’s clear that they aren’t going to be pals anytime soon. Things escalated quickly from Sinead giving advice to Miley to now threatening to take legal actions if Miley doesn’t make a public apology. Lots of people have been commenting on the situation including Amanda Palmer who has written her own open letter to Sinead.
Here is how it all happened. It all started this past Wednesday when Sinead posted an open letter for Miley. She said that a lot of people have been asking her to remark on Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” video and that rather than talk to reporters she had decided to reach out directly to Miley. In her long message, among many things, Sinead wrote:
“The music business doesn’t give a sh– 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 sh– 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 f— about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a f— about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a f— 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.”
In addition to all that, Sinead told Miley that she is sending out a message that it’s alright to be prostituted, which Sinead thinks “it’s so no cool Miley… it’s dangerous.”
Miley Cyrus did read the letter and not surprisingly did not like being criticized. She responded to Sinead by twitting “Before Amanda Bynes… There was”, along with a picture of Sinead tearing up a photo of the Pope.
The picture was captioned with “does any1 know a psychiatrist in Dublin or wicklow who could urgently see me today please? I’m really un-well… and in danger… I desperately need to get back on meds today.”
Needless to say, Sinead did not like Miley’s tweets. Sinead responded by writing a second letter saying “Miley… Really? Who the f—k is advising you?” Sinead went on to say that she felt Miley had mocked Amanda Bynes and other people who have suffered from a mental illness. She also said “I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.”
After the Sinead’s second letter, Miley twitted “Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week. So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter.”
Sinead responded today to Miley’s tweet by writing a third letter which started with “Miley I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you.” The letter accuses Miley of abusive behavior and warns that if Miley doesn’t remove the tweets and makes a public apology, Sinead will take legal actions. You can read the entire letter here.
Miley’s life like a lot of other celebrities has become an open book. Unfortunately for her, the book isn’t without conflicts or villains. Whatever happens next with her is sure to be chronicled. Sinead wasn’t entirely wrong in some of the things she said about women in the music industry. Everyone has been so quick to comment on Miley who is really famous but only 20 years old. Anyone who remembers being that age knows that at that point in your life, you’re still working on getting rid of your rebellious teenager behavior. As Amanda Palmer pointed out in her letter to Sinead, when you’re a teenager and someone tells you that they don’t like you’re clothes, it’s not uncommon to want to snap back with some type of “it’s my life, F—U.” Amanda is also correct in stating that Miley is writing the plot in her own story. We all can pen our own story and display it for the entire world on the internet. Let's just remember dearies that just because people know of you that doesn't necessarily mean that they approve of you, are on your side, or that they would even want to meet up with you. Just ask Miley and Sinead.