Sinead O’Connor said in an open letter to Miley Cyrus that the singer is pimping herself out and being a terrible role model to young women.
But many rappers she works with apparently disagree.
“Dear Miley,” O’Connor wrote on her personal website. “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.”
The 1980s pop superstar then tells Cyrus the music industry is using her, and that anyone in her employ who tells her otherwise is also using her.
“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 f**k about you. They’re there for the money.. we’re there for the music.”
She then encouraged Cyrus to look at the bigger picture when it comes to how she is presenting herself.
“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 its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Miley.. its dangerous,” she writes. “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 motherfu**er who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”