The battle between Miley Cyrus and Sinead O’Connor continued on Friday, after the singers responded to each other’s open letters and tweets with more open letters and tweets.
“Who the f–k is advising you? Because taking me on is even more f–kin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism,” O’Connor wrote in an open letter to Cyrus, the second such letter in a series of three (so far).
On Thursday, O’Connor penned an open letter to Cyrus on her website, telling the singer to stop being a prostitute and put some clothes on already. Though O’Connor’s letter was “said in the spirit of motherliness and with love,” Cyrus responded with two tweets: one with a photo of O’Connor’s infamous SNL appearance when she tore up a photo of the pope, and another with a screenshot of O’Connor’s tweets from 2011 when she was suicidal. Cyrus also compared O’Connor to Amanda Bynes, who is also struggling with mental illness.
O’Connor made her feelings about Cyrus’ tweets known in a second open letter on her website in which she blasted Cyrus for making light of both mental illness and O’Connor’s issues with the Catholic church’s treatment of sexual abuse victims.
“It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you,” O’Connor said. “And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.”
O’Connor added: “Because taking me on is even more f–kin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.”
O’Connor also warned that she would be seeking legal counsel in the matter: “Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers.”
She repeated the message on Facebook, writing: “Ms Cyrus has today posted tweets of mine which are two years old and which were sent when I was ill and seeking medical help … I wish to confirm that I am quite well and kindly request people cease e mailing me in the mistaken belief these are recent tweets. Ms Cyrus’ lawyers will be contacted by mine regarding this matter.”
Instead of removing the tweets, Cyrus followed them up with two more: “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. :)”
It would seem that O’Connor has no intention of meeting with Cyrus, as she wrote in a third open letter: “I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you.”
“You had plenty of time yesterday to abuse Amanda Bynes .. an entirely innocent party.. and myself.. who also did nothing to deserve your abuse.. along with every other sufferer of mental health problems and every person who suffered abuse at the hands of priests,” O’Connor wrote.
“You can take five minutes today between g- string fuckin’ changes to publicly apologise and remove your abusive tweets.”
There is one condition upon which O’Connor said she would be willing to meet with Cyrus: “When you end up in the psych ward or rehab I’ll be happy to visit you.. and would not lower myself to mock you.”
Cyrus has yet to respond to O’Connor’s latest letter.