Pop stars engage in exchange of insults online following open letter written by O'Connor
Miley Cyrus has been criticised by mental health experts for mocking Sinead O’Connor during their highly publicised clash this week.
Cyrus and O’Connor have exchanged insults in recent days after Cyrus responded to Sinead O’Connor’s open letter warning her not to let the music industry make a “prostitute” out of her.
Writing yesterday (October 3) on Twitter, Cyrus compared O’Connor – who has openly battled with mental health issues – to the actress Amanda Bynes, who was hospitalised after a mental breakdown earlier this year. “Before Amanda Bynes…. There was…” she posts before an image of Tweets sent previously by O’Connor asking for psychiatric help.
Now Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, the mental health anti-stigma programme run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, has criticised the path chosen by Cyrus in insulting O’Connor’s mental health issues. In a statement to NME she said: “It’s really disappointing to see Miley Cyrus mocking Sinead O’Connor’s mental health problems and this only serves to fuel stigma. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem and there are times when we need to speak out and seek help. We would encourage Miley to apologise to Sinead for retweeting previous tweets that would seem to ridicule Sinead’s mental health issues.”
O’Connor wrote an open letter to Cyrus after the pop-star cited the Irish singer as an inspiration for her explicit video ‘Wrecking Ball’, in which she swings naked from a metal demolition ball. The video followed her controversial performance at the MTV VMAs during which she twerked for ‘Blurred Lines’ singer Robin Thicke.
The Irish singer has subsequently written a second open letter to Cyrus following the 20 year old’s comments about her mental health. At the time of writing, Miley Cyrus has not responded to the second open letter.