Cyrus cited O'Connor's video 'Nothing Compares 2 U' as an inspiration for her 'Wrecking Ball' video
Sinead O’Connor has written an open letter to Miley Cyrus urging her not to let the music industry “make a prostitute” out of her.
O’Connor wrote 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.
In a letter published on O’Connor’s website (via the BBC), O’Connor writes that she was propelled to write the letter “in the spirit of motherliness” after “dodging phone calls from various newspapers” who wanted her to speak about Cyrus’ comments.
“Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited,” she writes. “Please, in future, say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself.”
“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,” she continues. “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 it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping.”
She concluded by writing that Cyrus has a responsibility to act as a role model to her fans: “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…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 it’s somehow cool to be prostituted.. it’s so not cool Miley… it’s dangerous.”