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    Default Sinéad O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus

    After the 20-year-old claimed that Wrecking Ball's controversial video was inspired by Nothing Compares 2 U, the Irish singer was compelled to warn Cyrus that she is being 'pimped' by the pop industry. This is the full text of O'Connor's blogpost
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    Dear Miley,

    I wasn't going to write this letter, but today i've been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares … So this is what I need to say … And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.

    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.

    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 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.

    None of the men ogling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled. Many's the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesn't mean they give a fuck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don't give much of a fuck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don't give much of a fuck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped … and that includes you yourself.

    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. 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.

    You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn't see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever … Don't be under any illusions … ALL of them want you because they're making money off your youth and your beauty … which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can't recognise those who do not.

    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 fuck 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.

    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.

    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. I needn't even ask the question … I've been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked. Its really not at all cool. And its sending dangerous signals to other young women. Please in future say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself. Your body is for you and your boyfriend. It isn't for every spunk-spewing dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with.

    As for the shedding of the Hannah Montana image … whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady. 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.

    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 its somehow cool to be prostituted … its so not cool Miley … its 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 motherfucker who hasn't expressed alarm, because they don't care about you
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    As posted on www.sineadoconnor.com


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    A very well-thought out and heartfelt message that will be ignored. I have no doubt that the girl will be washed out like a year-old dishrag by 25, as precedence has dictated.

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    Yes, for all of her own nuttiness in recent years, that was a well-written missive by Sinead

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    The only thing I would disagree with in that letter is Miley's "obvious talent".

    No need to brown nose Sinead.

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    Sinead is a lesbian right? Be kind of difficult if you were her boyfriend to give her a pearl necklace with that Jesus tattoo.

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    I do not think she is an outright lesbian, but I would assume she is not a stranger to it either, she seems the free spirit.
    Taylor Swift is nice to look at. Adele can sing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    Be kind of difficult if you were her boyfriend to give her a pearl necklace with that Jesus tattoo.
    You could've stopped writing after the word "boyfriend."
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    That was a wonderful piece, though I personally find Miley Cyrus neither particularly talented, nor beautiful. I hope this gets through somehow. Especially the very last sentence.
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    O'Conner's been a nutcase but she had and still has genuine talent. Miley's pretty much today's answer to Sid Vicious.

    Like it or not, she's quickly becoming this generations' Sex Pistols minus the marginal musical worthiness. For all her lame, manufactured fucked up-ness, she's more punk in the basic sense of the word than any band currently around who claims to be.

    But with today's ADD short attention span, her 15 minutes are already nearly done and she'll probably wind up following the career/lifestyle path of such peers as Courtney Love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post
    Why didn't someone smack the guy or gal who advised her to do this? WTF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave's Dreidel View Post
    I do not think she is an outright lesbian, but I would assume she is not a stranger to it either, she seems the free spirit.
    In a May 2005 issue of Entertainment Weekly, she stated, "I'm three-quarters heterosexual, a quarter gay. I lean a bit more towards the hairy blokes".



    I've always liked her. She's nobody's fool.

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    It bothers me too, that Cyrus has a stated desire to remove herself from Hannah Montana, like that character was some kind of evil entity instead of a sort of role model that is still looked up to by some of the kids that used to watch the show back in its heyday. God forbid, someone embrace something positive - it's better to be bad...

    I think someone, too, had it right when they referred to it as the "Disney Porn Incubator" - maybe Disney needs to look into their internal practices with these kids as they seem to end up wound too tight and when they finally unravel, it's a big ol' knotted mess.

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    Sinead really laid it all out there.....and it's a good message not just for young women in music but acting, modeling and even in the world at large

    I just caught a moment of an MTV "documentary" about Miley Cyrus and it was her mother Tish saying something like "people keep saying when they see her do these things 'where is her mother' and the answer is "right here next to her'"


    and that might be the problem

    but she does have talent... search out her backyard sessions on youtube and you'll hear that she can sign with power, emotion and control unlike the bazillion auto tuned young pop stars out there today.

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    Why do I suddenly want to bang Miley Cirus?
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