Miley Cyrus Responds to Sinead O'Connor's Open Letter

The popstar reacts to the Irish singer's warning not to let the music industry make a "prostitute" out of her.

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Miley Cyrus has responded to Sinead O'Connor's open letter warning her not to let the music industry make a "prostitute" out of her, NME reports. Writing 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. She then posted a follow-up image of Sinead O'Connor's controversial Saturday Night Live appearance from 1992 during which she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II. 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. In a letter published on her 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."

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    enough with the miley cyrus articles on here!! i don't a flying f@#$! about miley cyrus!
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    Then don't click on it. Seriously. By clicking on it and commenting, you're giving this page (and the ads on it) a hit. If this page gets thousands of hits, regardless of the fact that most people just come here to bash, then that gives this site incentive to post more articles like this.
    There are no guitars in Miley Cyrus music. This is ultimate GUITAR. Why on earth do you think we give a shit about this?
    It's still music, this is a music site, see the connection yet? Everybody claims they don't "give a shit" when they see a Miley Cyrus news article, but yet they all click on it. If nobody truly cared about it, nobody would click on it and take time to post about it. So, obviously a lot of people care and that is why we have all these Miley Cyrus news articles and that is why UG posts them.
    Miley Cyrus and Sinead O'Connor... one acts like a slut and the other acts like a nut... I smell a sitcom!
    stupid ass articles like this only add to her fame and "glory". so if we want her to stop attention whoring, can we stop giving her attention?
    I think it's also about the message behind the letter Sinead wrote. If it wasn't targeted to Miley no one would read the letter. Anyone with a passion for music, or has ever tried to make a living from it, knows that the music business has been based on 'eye candy' rather than true talent for the last twenty years... And the last ten years: especially female singers are exploited by their looks and willingness to provoke to get as many youtube hits as possible. That seems to be the way these days. Maybe I'm getting old, but music video's used to be about telling a story or at least meant to be complimenting the song. It also seems to me that modern day songs, is about creating a hype around the song. A lot of 'one day flies' is going around. How many true musicians are there on Tv? To me the real ones are the ones without the fame (or a fair amount of it to continue a career), without the huge spotlights. If you're blond, have big boobs, are prepared to show some skin and can sing a little... Your chance of a career in the music bizz is bigger than someone who can make you aware of a touch of your heart or tells you the story of what you've been through in any level of emotion. Music IS emotion!!! So maybe the letter Sinead wrote has a lot of people's mind turning. But I hope it makes you think and will open a lot of eyes to realise an remember music is about: listening, dancing, being inspired, moved, motivated, getting comfort, being lift up... Instead of exploiting people willing to do ANYTHING to get fame or 'living the dream'. Including showing as much skin as possible or a sexual provoking Twerk. I hope the letter Sinead wrote will be even more provoking than Miley is doing now with her latest video...
    Hey guys, not trying to be a d!ck but if you're so against UG posting this crap, don't respond? All UG will see is 20+ comments here which is activity to them, they don't care (sadly) what the activity stems from.
    Ultimate Guitar is once again posting the false information. I hate Miley Cyrus, but I see completely where she's coming from this time. A woman writes a letter to Miley telling her to stop attention mhoring, and then posts it publicly for attention. So Miley showed examples of Sinead attention mhoring, and then stated "I'm sorry I have no time to write you an open letter because I'm hosting SNL this week. If you want to get together and talk though, just let me know in your next letter." Miley owned Sinead this time, which I'm ashamed to admit.
    The guy who posted right above said she could have been paid but posted it for free online instead. It was an open letter for all to read, so Sinead was also targetting others (Miley fans) in the letter. And of course instead of understanding her history and how she'd been-there-and-done-that, Miley just brings up O'Conner's past to insult her like an idiot child. Does she think Sinead O'Conner was hiding her past? Miley Cyrus is just a stupid kid who is going down a predictable path.
    Dear Miley Cyrus, Stop being an attention mhore. Signed, Another Attention Mhore I should have expected a bunch of people to be like "OH BUT ITS MILEY CYRUS SO LIKE LOL SHUT UP SHES STOOOOOPID
    You didn't understand at all what O'Connor says to Miley Cyrus. What Sinead o'Connor says is true, a well known fact, that music business will do anything just for the money, she is not calling her an attention mhore, she's saying that she believes she's being forced, or "encouraged" to do these things just to make the music business make more money. And O'Connor is only telling her to realize this, in case she haven't. And then Miley in another show of intelligence puts up the fact she's been in an asylum or whatever. Pathetic.
    Why does any mainstream non-guitar related music news end up here just lately?
    If Sinead's letter was truly 'heartfelt', she wouldn't have posted it on her website for everyone to read and report on. The letter is a publicity stunt, while she pretty much speaks out against such acts in the letter itself. If Miley Cyrus wants to show some skin and sell music doing it, it's no one's place to give her crap about it. Same with the Lohan stuff. It's non-news. People always feel the need to give their morality-based two cents. If Lohan wants to do coke, no one has any business saying shit about it. If Miley wants to shake her ass, she's an adult and no one has any business saying shit about it. Especially a washed up has-been like Sinead O' Connor, who's biggest hit wasn't even written by her, but by Prince. She gained huge publicity after tearing up the pope pic, but she would have never even been on that stage if not for 'Nothing Compares to You'. Her fame is based solely on a video for what is essentially a cover song. Who's the real *****?
    Miley can do whatever she wants but this was an open letter of criticism, which O'Connor is also free to do. Personally, I don't think promiscuity for the sake of it makes for a great character.
    Same thing Nas did for Cole with the Let Nas Down Remix is that O'Connor is trying to do for Miley. Sad that Miley has no respect for people who apparently influenced her.