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Incredible Badass Feminist Sinead O’Connor Doesn’t Want To Be Called A Feminist

“I don’t think of myself as being a feminist. So I don’t really think about feminism a whole lot, to be honest. I wouldn’t label myself anything, certainly not something with an ‘ism’ or an ‘ist’ at the end of it. I’m not interested in anything that is in any way excluding of men. … [E]qually, I’m not interested in anything anyone else might like me to be.”

Color me surprised. Sinead O’Connor, the woman behind badass feminist anthems like “No Man’s Woman” and “Daddy I’m Fine,” is not so interested in being labeled a feminist. Sure, she seems more against aligning herself with any set of beliefs out of a distaste for labels, which I suppose is to be expected from such an iconoclastic figure. But I was surprised Sinead would characterize feminism as possibly “excluding of men” at all. For a singer who has SO MUCH girl power spirit imbued in her songs, has spoken out about rampant sexualization within the music industry, and named her new album after Sheryl Sandberg’s “Ban Bossy” campaign, well, it’s disappointing that she has the impression that equal rights for all only benefits women. [Guardian UK] [Image via Fame/Flynet]

Sinead O’Connor’s New Album Is Called I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, Inspired By Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Ban Bossy’ Campaign

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I will be #TeamSineadOConnor forever. Sinead’s a bad-ass feminist thriving in the music industry from way, way back. So much so, in fact, that she’s named her upcoming album, I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss — and that’s the very sexy cover image above. You may remember the phrase “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss” coming out of Beyoncé’s mouth in a PSA for Sheryl Sandberg and the Lean In Foundation’s “Ban Bossy” campaign. It turns out that Sinead was so inspired by the “Ban Bossy” campaign that she named her album after it. As she explained on her website:

Just a note to explain the title of my forthcoming album IS taken from Sheryl Sandberg’s Ban Bossy campaign.

Originally I had a different title, The Vishnu Room, but a few months back when I saw the phrase ‘I’m not bossy, I’m the boss’ and became aware of the Ban Bossy campaign, I wished I could re-name the album, since indeed it can be tricky being a female boss and I think Sheryl’s campaign is a terribly important one. Keep reading »

Sinead O’Connor Pens Fifth Open Letter To Miley Cyrus Demanding Apology

  • Sinead O’Connor isn’t giving up until she gets an apology out of Miley Cyrus for poking fun at her mental health issues. Miley responded to Sinead’s first open letter by dismissively comparing the singer to Amanda Bynes. Sinead’s latest letter implores the pop singer to “apologise [sic] for the mocking of any person who sought help, publicly or privately, to prevent themselves from committing suicide.” I would personally like to see Miley respond in some sort of thoughtful way to this at least, even if she thinks everything else Sinead has said is garbage. [E! Online, SineadOConnor.com]
  • Paul McCartney, meanwhile, is the latest old fogey to share his thoughts on Miley’s performance at the VMAs, saying, “I think it was only mildly shocking … it wasn’t explicit at all.” [Rolling Stone]
  • Meanwhile, Sufjan Stevens’ negging assessment of Miley Cyrus’s grammar may have a few issues of its own. [VICE]
  • Ooh, Susan Sarandon and daughter Eva Amurri are set to play mother-daughter in a TV pilot called “Growing Ivy.” [NYMag.com]
  • OMG, Prince George’s godparents are going to be commoners?! [Newser] Keep reading »

This Miley Cyrus/Sinead O’Connor “Nothing Compares To Wrecking Ball” Mashup Is Awesome

This Miley Cyrus/Sinead O'Connor "Nothing Compares To Wrecking Ball" Mashup Is Awesome
"Wrecking Ball" Meets "Nothing Compares 2 U"

In my dreams, Miley and Sinead decide to be grown ass women who, at the end of the day, respect each other’s work, go out for a beer and have a cool, smart, healthy debate about sexual expression/exploitation in the music biz. Then they head to the studio and record a song together and it is awesome. I am losing hope of this actually happening in real life, so Robin Skouteris‘s excellent mashup of Sinead’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and Miley’s “Wrecking Ball” will have to do. [via Jezebel]

Sinead O’Connor Posts 2 More Open Letters To Miley Cyrus, Threatens To Sue

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Sinead O’Connor Posts 2 More Open Letters To Miley Cyrus, Threatens To Sue

Y’all, this isn’t gonna end, is it? Sinead O’Connor is not happy that Miley Cyrus made fun of her two-year-old nervous breakdown (and Amanda Bynes!) in response to Sinead’s open letter to the twerking pop star. First, to recap: two days ago, Sinead posted an open letter to Miley on her website, advising the singer to not allow herself to be “pimped” and that exploiting her sexuality is distracting from her talent. The letter was clearly written from a well-meaning place, informed largely by Sinead’s experience in the music industry when she was Miley’s age. While aspects of it were verging on school marm-y, Sinead’s tone was kind and giving. Miley responded by posting a screenshot of tweets written by Sinead two years ago, when she was in the midst of a nervous breakdown, comparing O’Connor to Amanda Bynes. Poking fun at not one but two people’s mental health problems? Not okay. And Sinead is pissed. She posted the following to her Facebook page yesterday:

Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ 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. Keep reading »

4 Things I Would Tell Miley Cyrus If She Was Willing To Listen To And Consider Any Criticism

4 Things I Would Tell Miley Cyrus If She Was Willing To Listen To And Consider Any Criticism

I already updated Ami’s previous post about Sinead O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus with a link and screenshot of Miley’s response on Twitter. But I couldn’t stop thinking about how angry it made me to see her so cruelly dismiss a women she called an inspiration just days ago. Miley may not be listening, but I gotta get this off my chest. Miley, here are four things I would tell you if you were willing to listen to and consider any criticism… Keep reading »

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