Posted: 2:39 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013
By Elisabeth Kramer
Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” music video has had its fair share of comparisons to Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor and her equally stark, much less naked 1990 video “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
It would seem, however, that Sinéad isn’t exactly fond of the similarities. The 46-year-old Irish singer recently published an open letter to Miley and in 1,000-plus words expresses her worries for the 20-year-old pop princess.
“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,” she writes. “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.”
Sinéad continues that if Miley wants to, as she’s repeatedly said, shed her “Hannah Montana image” for once and for all then “whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady.”
Miley, for her part, hasn’t taken kindly to the advice. In an October 3 tweet, Miley wrote, “Before Amanda Bynes.... There was....” followed by a photo of Sinéad’s own tweets calling for a psychiatrist who could “get me back on my meds.”
Later, Miley shared the infamous photo of Sinéad ripping a photo of the Pope in half during Saturday Night Live (an event that happened more than a month before Miley was even born). Miley herself will be hosting and performing on the October 5 episode of SNL; should we expect a reenactment of the highly controversial act?
If Miley does end up mimicking Sinéad on the sketch show, it might just add fuel to what appears to be an already flammable situation. Are we looking at the next music industry feud?
What do you think? Should Miley listen to Sinéad or is this all just some kind of publicity stunt? Sound off in the comments below.