Sinead O'Connor Slams Miley Cyrus: Stop the Pimping, Stripping and Licking

Sinead O'Connor Slams Miley Cyrus: Stop the Pimping, Stripping and Licking

Cyrus tweets response to O'Connor's open letter

Sinead O'Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus on Thursday in response to Cyrus’ statements that she based the video for “Wrecking Ball” on O'Connor's 1990 hit, “Nothing Compares 2 U.” It seems that the Irish songstress was not flattered by the comparison.

In response, Cyrus tweeted about another young female she found to be similar to O'Connor: troubled actress Amanda Bynes, who spent much of the summer in a mental hospital following months of strange behavior.

“Before Amanda Bynes…. There was…” Cyrus tweeted with a screenshot of a tweets from an account she apparently believed was O'Connor's pleading for psychiatric help. Though the Twitter account was not O'Connor's, the singer did post suicidal tweets in 2011 and has struggled with mental illness for years.

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On the cusp of Cyrus’ “Saturday Night Live” hosting/performing gig this weekend, O'Connor — whose own “SNL” appearance ended up being one of the show's most controversial moments ever (she ripped up a photo of the Pope; people were very angry) — told the tongue-loving star that she didn't think they were as similar as Cyrus had hoped.

Though her words were harsh at times, O'Connor wrote that they were all “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,” O'Connor wrote. “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.”

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O'Connor also told Cyrus that their looks were nothing alike, though Cyrus had said she based her partially shaved head on O'Connor's own: “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.”

There was a bright spot for Cyrus, though: O'Connor made it clear that she respected the singer's talent. “Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana,” O'Connor wrote. “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.”

  • elasticcarma

    As if there was any doubt before, there is none now that miley sirus needs some needs help!

  • SkipB

    Miley Cyrus is following the well-worn and predictable path of other screwed-up Disney child stars. Next on the menu: brushes with the law! Coming soon! To an LA County Courthouse near you!

  • Ted

    Many people have sent the same message: Miley is sending the wrong message to other girls/women. It's dangerous & those close to her don't even recognize it. When girls (following Miley) die because Miley was promoting drugs, Molly, etc., maybe it will hit home. Women for decades have been trying to be respected as equals & get those rights and not be seen as objects, misused, abused and prostituted. Seems to be an under lying problem & no one wants to see it. She didn't set a good example for the US in her Europe visit recently. SAD.

  • WhoCares

    It's obvious what the pimps, parents, homies & labels are turning out – UNEDUCATED, entitled, annoying, legal wh*res. Maybe Miley should educate herself about mental illness since it is especially pervasive in the entertainment industry. Sinead should have been acknowledged politely, if not thanked profusely for her concern, wisdom, and courage to stand up and reveal to the world that she suffers from a mental illness. There are a lot of people in this world like Miley who are ignorant, uneducated, prefer to deny the existence of, or are embarrassed by, or mortified by mental illness. Science has come a long way in proving the biological existence of many mental illnesses including Bipolar. It is wrong for the uneducated, immature, etc. to assume that mental illness is like choosing a flavor of ice cream, that certain characteristics associated with a particular illness defines a person, their personality, or their place in the world. Trust me, people don't choose to suffer from a mental illness, and I'm sure the majority would not if they could choose. Who would choose to suffer from an illness that many times is kept between the person and only a select few in fear of discovery from others like employers, people in their social group, people at their house of worship, neighbors, even a lot of times relatives who are from a different generation where mental illness is highly stigmatized (although the relatives may very well suffer from mental illnesses themselves). Some people (like Sinead) are comfortable in their own skin and feel that disclosing their mental illness is the best choice for them. Maybe Sinead could have dug deeper to find a way to connect with Miley more personally, but a lot of people have been expressing their opinions about all facets of Miley's life and Sinead probably felt somewhat empowered by voicing her opinions about the industry that she has been engaged with for over 20 years. Miley could have shown some class (I know – that's a steep expectation) or at least a little self-restraint and tact in her response to the message, but she chose the easy way. There are a lot of people who are resistant to advice or helpful information for whatever reasons. Miley decided to first attack Amanda Bynes who has been in the news for erratic behavior, etc. Amanda has never come out as mentally ill or mentioned a diagnosis responsible for her behavior. Next she attacked Sinead and went to the trouble of copying and pasting old Twitter posts Sineaed authored from 2012 when she was experiencing a medical crisis related to her self admitted mental illness. What people, ESPECIALLY Miley need to know is that the tweets she posted were a life or death situation for the other person. Just because Miley is dumb, ignorant, or just vindictive to the severity of Sinead's illness at that time is no excuse for her reaction to well meaning advice. For those suffering mentally and take meds, it is often compared to a person with diabetes that requires insulin, or a person with some lung diseases require oxygen. It is no laughing matter, and there really is no excuse to stoop so very low to kick someone in the teeth, especially someone who gave no motive of harm to you. As for the Pope picture from way back…a lot can be said of Miley's antics since her transformation from Hannah Montana, especially of events as of late. Contrary to the discrimination, jokes, avoidance, misunderstandings, and even harrassment the mentally ill are subject to when their illness is disclosed, assumed, or found out, there are many instances of healthy individuals being typecast or labeled by others (i.e., the public) as mentally ill, wrongly, in so many of it's colorful names like “looney,” “bonkers,” “BIPOLAR OMG,” etc. I've heard and read many comments about Miley with similar language, many just stating “crazy.” Look at Miley's behavior, especially underage at 20, coupled with her now famous Rolling Stone interview (smoke, alcohol, pot, Molly, cocaine, nudity, in some eyes obsenity) and anyone with more conservative morals or opinions could conclude that she appears ripe for prior, current, or future issues that could include full-blown mental illness. Comparatively speaking, which is crazier – tearing a picture of the Pope or twerking against a married male artist, simulating masturbation with a foam finger, and continuously posing with her (coated) tongue hanging out of her mouth all while incorporating a teddy bear theme. Mental illness is very prevalent in the United States and most developed countries around the world. If Miley were to suffer from a mental illness, she certainly wouldn't be alone, in the same vein, if she didn't suffer from a mental illness, she definitely knows people who do (even if they don't disclose it to her). I guess I was fooling myself to think that Miley would behave any differently towards a fellow artist with a long history in the industry and well meaning advice. I have to say that she has illustrated herself to being an empty headed bully who thinks she is clever to post old tweets from the other party. I hope a lot of people judge Miley for her actions this time, it is about time and well deserved. I find it hard to believe she would post old tweets from someone corresponding with her that was stationed in Iraq and lost limbs – same difference, in some instances people don't choose their disabilities. Her parents should be ashamed as well – it's their daughter and they both act goody-gooddy, Daddy is on that Parent's Television Council (sp) Board of Directors that were lobbying for a formal complaint with the FCC against MTV for Miley's performance at the VMA's. Rather than giving an honest opinion of their daughter (moneymaker) they just give those big sh*t eating grins and talk about how proud they are of her (including the drinking, smoking, DRUG USE, sexual behavior, etc.). Instead of making fun of Sinead, I think I would thank my lucky stars and tread lightly because mental ilness doesn't occur on a schedule or calendar. Miley doesn't know with certainty who she or her loved ones will be tomorrow morning or in ten years if she's lucky enough to be unaffected now.

  • GJ@SFbay

    Advice from Sinead? That's laughable. She wants to be left alone. Everyone forgot about her and her one hit that she didn't write. Now she has another “YAWN” album coming out. (Hey Since everyone forgot who I am, how about if I talk about the Miley and give her half witted advice.) ~ Miley shut up and sing and put some clothes on, Sinead, just shut up!

  • michael

    People it is all about money . Mileys mother dose not care about her daughters staying power. Its about makeing money now.And Sinead is trying to cash in . Remember there is no such thing as bad press. It all makes them money

  • Harry Armstrong

    “Sinead O’Connor Slams Miley Cyrus: Stop the Pimping, Stripping and Licking”
    Want something more disgusting than Miley? Picture Sinead pimping, stripping and (ack) licking.

  • jazzcatfred

    I am reminded of the old Showbiz quote, “I don't care what they write about me as long as they spell my name right!”. Ever since she did the “twerk” thing, she has been on TV non-stop. It was a Marketing initiative that absolutely worked. Marketers don't care if you LIKE the ad. They only care that you REMEMBER the ad
    Besides, who cares what Sinead O'Connor thinks? She's nothing but a dyke commie anyway. I would be willing to bet the farm that Miley makes a hell of a lot more money which is the whole point of the exercise. O'Connor's opinion is irrelevant. Miley gets the gigs and brings home the money! More power to her!

  • maltesefalcon

    Miley is sending the wrong message to market herself as well as being a bad role model for all other females out there. She is like a comedian that utters dic* and pu**y with every joke and then thinks he's funny. At the rate she's going, over 120 miles an hour in a 50 zone, she will definitely wreck herself somewhere soon. Wake up women, speak up and voice your concern. Don't just stand there and say let her do what she wants, cause your daughter is following her.