Update: Miley Cyrus has responded, calling Sinéad O’Connor’s mental health into question. She tweeted:
Before Amanda Bynes.... There was.... http://t.co/6JZPVnunPc—
Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 03, 2013
Admitting that she wasn’t going to write a letter, O’Connor said she’s been dodging phone calls upon Cyrus’ statement in Rolling Stone and wanted to have her opinion heard “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,” O’Connor 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.”
O’Connor went on to explain that “nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited.” She stressed that this is not in any way empowerment to herself or young women.