There has been a lot of controversy this week as Sinead O’Connor publicly reaches out to Miley Cyrus, and gets a vicious reply. Brenna Dolan has the story…
You don’t have to be tuned into the Disney Channels to see the goings on of Miley Ray Cyrus these days. The childhood star is talked about on every TV, radio and newsfeed throughout the world.
Sadly for Miley However, it is for all the wrong reasons. Past concerns have circulated about her drastically changing image, rebellious stunts and overly-exposed videos. These ‘concerns’ however have been filled with more hurtful abuse and negativity than advice for the risqué star.
Miley Cyrus played an imaginative lead role of the secret pop star on The Disney Channel’sHannah Montana. Millions of little girls worldwide looked up to her and dreamed they too could one day be famous like Hannah. Although Miley has grown out of that role she has to take responsibility for the image she had created for herself. She is old enough to realise that by putting herself into the spotlight, younger females will aspire to be like her. Does she really want a million girls hanging out of construction vehicles and licking wrecking balls? Miley did get famous pretending that she was someone else; perhaps she hasn’t come that far.
A heart-felt concern was written by Sinead O’Connor earlier during the week, who apparently served as arole model for the Nashville sweetheart as Miley quoted in an article in the Rolling Stone magazine. O’ Connor was known in the nineties as a rebel in her own light. If anyone could possibly give Miley some advice about image (and both Britney Spears or Madonna are busy) then Sinead O’Connor is certainly the one to call.
Having stood out for her shaved head, religious views and strong political ideas and confronted about her sexuality Sinead was the Rebel of the Nineties. However even with this obscenity, O’Conner dazzled in the limelight and in the 1990/1991 period she received one Grammy award and three MTV awards.
Similar to this, followers of Miley will see requests on her Twitter and Facebook asking fans to vote for herin the upcoming EMA‘s in Amsterdam next month. Is this behaviour all just a stunt to get some awards?
What began as a letter from O’Connor stating “So this is what I need to say … And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love” has changed tune rapidly since Miley both disrespected and neglected her letter attacking the Irish star online. O’Connor‘s second letter began with foul-language filled threats “taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism.”
Although adamant that she is happy with her new appearance, Miley tweets lyrics of one of the songs to feature on her new album “I always knew I never wanted this. I never thought it could happen. You acted like you wanted this but then you led me on.” Raising the thought that maybe she is not so confident with her choices in reality.
As O’Connor advised through harsh words and a strong dose of reality, “The music business doesn’t give a sh– about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it’s what YOU wanted.”
Although Miley did not respond with a letter, it is clear she is furious about the negative attention O’Connor has brought forward about her. Outraged by O’Connor’s public concern over her lifestyle choices, Miley reciprocates by sharing screen grabs of tweets that O’Connor wrote some time ago when she was suffering from a mental illness. This was perceived by many that Miley was implying to some extent that Sinead is crazy and delirious and shouldn’t be listened to.
By drawing attention to this issue, Miley had also stained the name of Amanda Bynes who really is an unnecessary victim in all this. Amanda has been admitted to rehab in an attempt fix her issues and problems.
Perhaps Miley should reconsider tarnishing the names of those who have sought help in the past, while she is out in public eye, for want of a better word, “wrecking” hers.
Sinead was outraged by this negativity for people suffering from mental illness and attacked Miley in her response letter. She even mentioned seeking legal action against her. O’Connor rants “have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? You will yourself one day suffer such illness that is without doubt. The course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me”.
Sadly, I am sure Miley is aware most young famous females rise very high and then fall very low. Although Miley is seeing the fantastic High Life right now, one day she too could end up in rehab or seeking help. Agreeing with Sinead, It is an outrage that such a young girl can downgrade a category so weak already, yet endorsing the more sexual population.
What was once a cry of concern to protect Miley’s image “I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you” has now changed to a cry to protect the services for, and the stigma attached to people who have suffered from illnesses.
O’Connor warns “Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also.”
It is no doubt that Miley has received unbelievable publicity from her new records and videos but with an upcoming album titled “Bangerz” has it already gone too far? In comparison to the normal 20 year old female, I think it is a different sort of Bangers and Mash she is searching for.
The worrying fact is that Miley is still only 20 years old. In America she is still not legal to consume alcohol, yet alone hold these insane parties which her videos promote. O‘Connor rightly warned Miley by saying “Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited.” Reassuring her that “I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked.”
Being generally concerned by the support Miley is receiving from her close family and friends. I find it ludicrous that her parents and close relatives have let her behaviour, risqé clothing and suggestive videos come this far.
Sadly, there isn’t much we can do to change Miley’s behaviour she “can’t stop and won’t stop” anyway. So for now we wait ,popcorn at the ready, for how Miley will respond to Sinead’s attack in the second letter and if her legal representatives will get involved.