Sinead O’Connor Writes A Long, Intense Letter To Miley Cyrus, Miley Responds By Comparing Sinead To Amanda Bynes [UPDATED]

Miley Cyrus opened a can of worms when she told Rolling Stone that her “Wrecking Ball” video was inspired by the Sinead O’Connor classic, “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Naturally, this inspired the outspoken singer to pen a thousand-word missive to Miley and post it on her website. In true O’Connor fashion, her open letter cuts both ways — poignant and well, a little crazy. Some excerpts after the jump.

O’Connor shares some gems of truth:

“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.”

“Real empowerment of yourself as a woman would be to in future refuse to exploit your body or your sexuality in order for men to make money from you.”

“You also said in Rolling Stone that your look is based on mine. 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. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age … which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age.”

And takes it a little bit too far (I would expect nothing less of her):

“Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited …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.”

“This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and it’s associated media.”

All of this from the woman who got a face tattoo for revenge and publicly posted about wanting to have sex with a yam. Still, O’Connor makes some points worthy of consideration. You can read the letter in its verbose entirety here. I wonder how Miley will react? [The Guardian]

UPDATE: Singer Amanda Palmer wrote a very thoughtful open letter to Sinead O’Connor re: her open letter to Miley Cyrus. It’s a day of open letters! Palmer kind of agreed with Sinead and kind of defended Miley. It’s worth a read –Ami

UPDATE: Miley responded to Sinead, sort of, by posting a screenshot of some of the singer’s more manic tweets (the Twitter handle is no longer hers, but The account Cyrus screengrabbed isn’t O’Connor’s Twitter currently (O’Connor’s rep told us “No, Sinead doesn’t tweet.” However, the tweets in question were once reported to be Sinead’s), and compared her to Amanda Bynes. ZING, I suppose, except making light of someone’s mental health issues is hardly the most thoughtful, intelligent way to respond to criticism. Fuck you, Miley, seriously. — Amelia