After Miley Cyrus released her “Wrecking Ball” music video — and subsequent Terry Richardson director’s cut — she came out and told Rolling Stone the controversial video was her attempt to create her generation’s version of Sinead O’Connor‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” video. Now O’Connor has written a response to Cyrus that chastises the young pop star for her oversexualized public image.
“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,” O’Connor writes in an open letter to Cyrus on her blog.
She continues, “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.”
The “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer says she’s happy to hear Cyrus considers her “somewhat of a role model” in the hopes that the 20-year-old pop star will pay attention to her advice. She goes on to say the music industry will “will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.”
“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,” O’Connor writes. “Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. … 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.”
O’Connor concludes by saying that whoever is telling Cyrus she needs to shed her “Hannah Montana” image is misleading her, because Hannah is “waaaaaaay gone by now.” The 47-year-old makes the same argument many others have been making, which is what Cyrus should be presenting a better image for those who look up to her.
“The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Miley.. its dangerous,” O’Connor writes. “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.”
Do you think that O’Connor is giving good advice to Cyrus?