Sinead O’ Connor, the mother of controversy who once tore up a picture of John Paul II, had a few things to say to Miley Cyrus this week. By "a few things," I mean Sinead dropped massive wisdom bombs on the twerking pop star.
Miley cites Sinead O'Connor as her influence for the “Wrecking Ball” video in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, and Sinead is not happy. O'Connor writes, “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 its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.”
In my own personal view, the letter is very well written and does not shame Miley like some other celebrities, bloggers, and tweeters who have been weighing in on her infamous twerking. O'Conner’s letter confronts the nature of the industry and how it devalues women. This is a bold move for Sinead, given that Mileys talent has also been under scrutiny since her VMA performance.
O'Connor elaborates, “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.”
It is obvious that Sinead felt like she had to chime in after being namedropped as an inspiration. Although a pop star stripping down in music videos is not a new concept, I think the way Sinead framed her advice was refreshing. She establishes that we are all subject to the misconception that owning ones sexuality means baring all the goods. Although the letter is written to Miley, the advice is universal.
The closing lines of the letter are my personal favorites: “Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. We aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers... that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherf*cker who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you."
What do you think about Sinead's comments? Agree or disagree?
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