Sinead O’Connor Writes More Open Letters to Miley Cyrus, Threatens Legal Action

October 4, 2013
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Miley Cyrus responded to Sinead O’Connor’s open letter by mocking her on Twitter for her past mental health issues. In turn, O’Connor has written more open letters and now threatens to take legal action. Get the latest details on the escalating feud.




The two music artists became linked — now inextricably, it seems — when Miley Cyrus singled out the music video for Sinead O’Connor’s 1990 hit “Nothing Compares 2 U” as inspiration for her own controversial “Wrecking Ball” video which featured brief glimpses of nudity.

But a firestorm has erupted from what began as an odd homage.

It began with the 46-year-old Irish icon’s 1,000+ word open letter to the 20-year-old pop star expressing concern that she was allowing the music industry to prostitute her, and assuring her that she had enough musical talent to not need to go along with such exploitation. As she concluded the long admonition, she said quite pointedly: “Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. She’s waaaaaaay gone by now.. Not because you got naked but because you make great records.”

Miley Cyrus responded with a Tweet: “Before Amanda Bynes…. There was….” with a screenshot of old Tweets from O’Connor when she was reaching out for help, and seeking a psychiatrist. She also Tweeted a photo of O’Connor on “Saturday Night Live,” tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II, thus attempting to imply her legitimate — though controversial — protest was a symptom of mental illness.

Sinead O’Connor responded with a second letter, rightfully taking Miley Cyrus to task for mocking her for seeking help for mental issues.

“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.”

Miley Cyrus responded with more Tweets:

“Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause I’m hosting & performing on SNL this week. So if you’d like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter.”

Sinead O’Connor responded again, with a third letter expressing first her outrage and then asking for an apology while threatening legal action….

“What you did yesterday was designed to damage me and my career and has caused me enormous distress and harassment and has potential to damage my career, since you deliberately gave the impression those tweets of mine were not two years old but reflect my current condition. If you cannot apologize I will have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness.

I have no interest in or desire to cause you trouble but if you do not apologise for having deliberately tried to cause me hurt and trouble personally and professionally I will have to bring pressure upon you.

Given how Miley Cyrus’ public behavior has overshadowed her music, O’Connor envisions a possibly bleak future for the pop star:

“Cease behaving in an anti-female capacity. You will become the victim of it shortly. Soon it will be you the media ‘crazy’ .. and you will not enjoy it.. and you will appreciate people (like myself) standing up for you. Which I will be happy to do.. if you earn my respect today by apologising publicly.

All of the letters in full are at Sinead O’Connor’s Facebook page here.

She makes a valid and compassionate point. The media frenzy over Miley Cyrus’ envelope-pushing performances and photo spreads could turn to mockery…or worse. The original MTV VMAs twerking performance that started it all, and everything else in these past few weeks, including the topless Rolling Stone magazine cover, and the latest batch of raunchy and virtually nude photos by celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, director of her “Wrecking Ball” video lend themselves to such.

While Miley herself may be for now be seemingly in charge of the media saturation that has gone on for weeks as we dutifully follow every outrageous antic and feel compelled to keep up — regardless of whether we are cynical, snarky or just unconsoled in our curiosity to see how far it will go — let’s not forget the kind of culture and society we live in. It’s a cruel one that loves to build up celebrities only to tear them down. Cruel and unforgiving. Artists as great as Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston became tabloid mainstays.

What does the future hold for Miley Cyrus who, in her own words said of her upcoming album “Bangerz,” in that infamous “Rolling Stone” magazine interview: “There are albums that people still are listening to, like Michael Jackson’s Bad, because it’s so f–king dope. I want people to listen to my album like that.”

Miley Cyrus has an album that will soon be released. That’s the purpose of all of this. It’s just an album by a music artist!







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