Miley Cyrus, Sinead O’Connor, & Trying to Help Idiots
Poor Sinead O’Connor. In an effort to make the world a better place, she wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus this week urging her stop allowing herself to be “pimped” since she was licking sledgehammers and walking around naked in her new video “Wrecking Ball.” The letter, though a bit harsh, came from a place of “motherliness” and love according to O’Connor. So, what did Lady Miley do in response? Shoot O’Connor a big fat eff you of course.
Honestly, I don’t hate the song. And, I’m not feeling like I hate the video either. I kind of see what Miley was going for but the gratuitous licking and exposed pale posterior seems a little unnecessary. Now, truthfully, Miley opened the door for O’Connor’s criticisms. She, in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, explained that her new video was supposed to harken back to O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” video. Well, she might have wanted to consult O’Connor on that one before proclaiming it on such a grand stage.
Most folks above the age of 25 are extremely underimpressed with Miley 2.0. Many have been left asking, “What happened to Hannah Montana?” O’Connor seems to be in the same boat. She wrote the following in her open letter on her website this week.
“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 its 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 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.
None of the men oggling you give a shit 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 fuck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a fuck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a fuck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped.. and that includes you yourself.”
“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.”
These blunt words to Miley are and were completely correct. A veteran of the music industry like O’Connor would know. But, Miley is just a bright-eyed 20-year-old, she’s just having fun right?
Well, instead of handling the criticism like an adult, Miley did what any high school student or ingrate would do, took to Twitter! She proceeded to poke fun at O’Connor who had a mental breakdown a few years ago. She compared her to struggling actress Amanda Bines (who had nothing to do with the altercation and also struggles from mental and addiction issues). She then went on to say that she has no time to devote to writing letters (I think she’s actually just illiterate) because she is too busy hosting and “performing” on SNL this week. To which O’Connor responded with two more open letters basically telling Miley to eff off.
Le sigh. How do we women always seem to go wrong with one another? Ever heard the saying, “Don’t argue with a fool”? Well, O’Connor, who seemed to genuinely be trying to help out, learned that lesson the hard way. And Miley’s reaction is pretty unsurprising. I mean, lower functioning human beings are often incapable of taking any sort of negative feedback, especially from people they like or look up to. This interaction was doomed for failure. Some folks just don’t want to change or do better. So, you have to let them ruin themselves.
Maybe we should all pen open letters to Miley in hopes that the millionth one will make a difference. It just might work.
In the meantime, who’s going to start drafting the letter to Rihanna?
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