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Sinead O'Connor Gives Some Mother(Fucking)Ly Advice To Miley Cyrus
 
# 1 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 14:13
 
 
In response to Miley Cyrus’ Rolling Stone interview where she said of her Wrecking Ball video;

“It’s the opposite of the VMAs. It’s like the Sinead O’Connor video [for "Nothing Compares 2 U"], but, like, the most modern version. I wanted it to be tough but really pretty – that’s what Sinead did with her hair and everything. The trick is getting the camera up above you, so it almost looks like you’re looking up at someone and crying.”



Sinéad has written an open letter to Miley:

Dear Miley,

I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today I’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares… So this is what I need to say… And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.
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.
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.
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.
The music business doesn’t give a shit 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.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.
None of the men ogling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled. Many’s the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesn’t mean they give a fuck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a fuck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a fuck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped.. and that includes you yourself.
Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and it’s associated media.
You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Don’t be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty.. which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.
I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying fuck about you. They’re there for the money.. we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.
You also said in Rolling Stone that your look is based on mine. The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age.. which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age.
Real empowerment of yourself as a woman would be to in future refuse to exploit your body or your sexuality in order for men to make money from you. I needn’t even ask the question.. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked. It’s really not at all cool. And it’s sending dangerous signals to other young women. Please in future say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself. Your body is for you and your boyfriend. It isn’t for every spunk-spewing dirtbag on the net, or every greedy record company executive to buy his mistresses diamonds with.
As for the shedding of the Hannah Montana image.. whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady. Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. She’s waaaaaaay gone by now.. Not because you got naked but because you make great records.
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.

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 motherfucker who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.

Now I think this letter is ace. I think it hits the nail on the head. And It pretty much sums up how I feel about the "hot chicks" thread on Gaire,

what are your opinions of her letter?
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# 2 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 14:24
 
 
Great letter, its all true.
I do love baps though.
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# 3 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 14:25
 
 
Yeah, great letter. I see loads of great girls making sluts of themselves for boys all the time.

Sidenote: I was reading away and where you wrote "Now I think this letter is ace" I thought this was still part of Sineads letter!! lol
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# 4 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 14:32
 
 
(As a side note, I was surprised to see Sinead's recent face tattoos, the initials of an ex. so she's certainly a woman thats felt the lingering stigma of past actions

http://img.thesun.co.uk/aidemitlum/archive/01805/SINEAD_1805656w. etc ...
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# 5 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 14:36
 
 
Letter is mediocre, the message is arguably sexist. Sort yourself out first Sinead before you attack other people.
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# 6 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 14:54
 
 
Someone said :
Letter is mediocre, the message is arguably sexist. Sort yourself out first Sinead before you attack other people.

In what way do you find it mediocre?
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# 7 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 14:55
 
 
Someone said :
baps.

/kicks ziggy in the nuts and runs away
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# 8 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 14:57
 
 
No need to run, if you connect them im not going to be going anywhere for a while. You have at least 10 minutes to stay, point and laugh.
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# 9 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 14:59
 
 
I don't see anything particularly revolutionary in what Sinead is saying, I don't see any real effort of exploring the concepts invovled. Large parts of it hit me as slut-shaming, albeit with an occasional get out of jail card free for Miley herself. I didn't feel that Sinead had truly tapped into her own wealth of experience and provided an illumination for Miley or the wider audience. All in all it was a typical, 'ah would you be a good girl and put your close back on and stop making a show of yourself for the men' kind of rant.
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# 10 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 16:22
 
 
Its a well written letter with good advice but Miley, Gaga and Rihanna simply don't have the musical talent to get the levels of media coverage they crave. So they happily resort to wearing meat costumes or swinging out of a wrecking ball to get that attention.
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# 11 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 16:25
 
 
Unlike Sinead who is only known for her immense musical ability and nothing else.
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# 12 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 16:27
 
 
Actually Sinead pulled a few stunts in her day too. But its hard to tell if it was career-oriented or lack of meds.
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# 13 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 16:35
 
 
Someone said :
Unlike Sinead who is only known for her immense musical ability and nothing else.

Sinead's stunts were prob down to mental health issues though....
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# 14 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 16:40
 
 
Someone said :
I don't see anything particularly revolutionary in what Sinead is saying,

I don't think that sexism or exploitation are in any way "revolutionary" either so why would you feel the response needs to be?

I think the fact that Miley cited Sinead in the first place gave Sinead license to respond.

What for you would constitute a
real effort of exploring the concepts invovle

Your very vague. I get the impression your opinion is based on your dislike of Sinead O'Conner.

She has definitely had her own problems over the years, most of them to do with mental health but I don't see that as a reason why she shouldn't speak out on this topic.

Personally I think making the letter public is a positive step. More women coming out and saying that selling out to sex is uncool can't be a negative thing in my book. We have too many negative messages of sex sells and sexy anorexia floating around.
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# 15 : Thursday 3-10-2013 @ 16:54
 
 
Miley looks nice on the wrecking ball
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