While young girls around the country are going “gaga” over the new Miley Cyrus, it seems older folks aren’t too impressed–especially an array of musical legends. From Elton John to Cher and now Sinead O’Connor, many seem to think she’s a tacky meltdown waiting to happen. O’Connor shared her opinions on Cyrus in an open letter she wrote after the 20-year-old recently told Rolling Stone that her video “Wrecking Ball” (where she appears unclothed on a wrecking ball and licks a sledgehammer) was inspired by O’Connor’s very tame video for Nothing Compares 2 U (written by Prince). O’Connor has made it clear that she isn’t afraid to tell it like it is (remember her remarks on the Trayvon Martin tragedy?); so I guess you could say O’Connor didn’t want her classic video compared to the former Disney star’s, and she felt it was time to give Cyrus the real. Here are a few quotables from her lengthy open letter to the former child star:
“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 unclothed 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 it’s 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 s*** about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it’s 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.
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. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying f*** about you. They’re there for the money… we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.
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. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers… that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherf***er who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”
Wow. She didn’t hold back did she? But O’Connor definitely makes some good points. What do you think? Check out the full open letter here and share your thoughts.