Sinead O’Connor to Miley Cyrus: ‘Don’t Let the Music Business Make a Prostitute of You’

Sinead O'Connor Slams Miley Cyrus in

Sinead O’Connor wants Miley Cyrus to stop prostituting herself to the music industry.

The outspoken Irish singer-songwriter penned an open letter to the twerk-happy pop star, condemning her recent slew of vulgar performances and music videos. The harsh words come on the heels of Cyrus’ Rolling Stone interview in which she named O’Connor as a musical influence. In fact, Cyrus told the mag she modeled her “Wrecking Ball” music video after O’Connor’s video for her 1990 single “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

“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,” O’Connor wrote on her site. “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.”

The music legend also warned the 20-year-old about the perils of the music biz.

“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,” she wrote, adding that music execs “will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.”

Cyrus responded via social media, referencing Tweets O’Connor wrote last year following her suicide attempt.

If anyone can benefit from these comments, it might be Lorne Michaels and “Saturday Night Live.” Will Cyrus rip a photo of O’Connor when she hosts the NBC show this weekend?

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    1. Perl Rhyta says:

      She is 23 you moron writer, not “20”. What are you, like 5? Can’t you check the most basic of facts when writing this garbage?

    2. Well even though I agree with what Sinead is saying to Miley but consider the source. Also I don’t agree with the behaviour from Miley but she’s an adult and like us all she must forge her own path. Besides Miley there are plenty of young and old artist who set a good example of being a proud women and having respect for yourself. I just can’t understand why people are attacking Miley when all you have to do is turn on a rap video or watch an old heavy metal vid and see how women were and are still being exploited. No one thought to turn there cheeks at Robin Thicke who participated in this and let a young women rub herself on his genitals even though he’s a “happily” married man.

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