Sinead O'Connor wrote this letter to Miley Cyrus. It reads: "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 s**t 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...
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 pray for animals and less than animals... You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. You also said in Rolling Stone that your look (in the video) 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 (years) 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... It's really not at all cool. And its 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."
** UPDATE **
On Thursday, Miley responded: ''Before Amanda Bynes.... There was.... '' and ''Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week.''
Sinead responded: Miley… Really? Who the f—k is advising you? Because taking me on is even more f—kin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.
I mean really really… who advises you? have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? You will yourself one day suffer such illness, that is without doubt. The course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me.
I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated. Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered.
It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you. And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologize to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.
Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance. I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your t–s out to read.
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Elizabeth's Story: A Meredith Vieira Special on NBC (Elizabeth Smart talks about her experience being held captive for nine months when she was 14-years-old)
Saturday Night Live on NBC (Host and musical guest Miley Cyrus)
NASCAR Sprint Cup: Hollywood Casino 400 on ESPN (from Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.)
The Amazing Race on CBS (Racers take a salt bath in Santiago, Chile; one team makes a communication blunder at a bus stop)
Sunday Night NFL Football on NBC (Houston Texans at San Francisco 49ers)
The Simpsons on Fox (Homer wreaks havoc in Springfield; when Bart is beheaded, his body is attached to Lisa's body; things go awry at Mr. Burns' traveling circus)
Family Guy on Fox (When everyone seems to love the vestigial twin that is growing out of Peter's neck better than him, Peter decides to have him amputated.)
Keeping Up With the Kardashians on E! (Kim pushes Khloe to consider adoption; Kris suspects that Scott sold the scooter she gave; Bruce secretly trains Khloe's dog)
New Movies Out
This weekend's most anticipated new flick is the Sandra Bullock/George Clooney thriller Gravity, about two astronauts completely stranded in outer space. In a different kind of thriller, Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck team up in Runner Runner, which follows a young gambler caught up in the dangerous world of online gambling. History buffs should check out Parkland, a drama that tells the tale of the medical team that fought to save JFK's life on the day of his assassination.