Sinead O'Connor seemed compelled to offer troubled star Miley Cyrus some girl-to-girl advice on the ins and outs of the music business in what I like to classify as a compliment sandwich. She wrote an open letter to Miley, the full version of which can be read here, at Entertainment Weekly.
After viewing her latest antics capped off with her "Wrecking Ball" video, Sinead genuinely seems concerned for Miley's well-being and her future, and is firm but encouraging in her guidance.
"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," Sinèad wrote. "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."
She also offered Miley a few choice words of warning about the music industry:
"The music business doesn't give a sh*t about you, or any of us," she continues. "They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its 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."
Sinèad also seemed to want to make clear to Miley, 20, that while the controversy-loving starlet tried to attribute inspiration for the "Wrecking Ball" video to O'Connor's iconic "Nothing Compares to You" video, she clearly misunderstood the true spirit of it. She wrote,
"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."
Yeah...I don't see it. At all.
And, the lovely Sinead O'Connor spoke for all of us when she gently advised her to PUT SOME CLOTHES ON!
"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," she wrote. "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."
Miley generally doesn't respond to her critics directly very often, but I'd be curious to see how she'd take some decent guidance from someone who's already been there.
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