Miley Cyrus told Rolling Stone that the video for her hit single “Wrecking Ball” was an homage to the clip for Sinead O’Connor’s hit song, “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
Miley responded on Twitter, posting Tweets from an old account of Sinead’s, trash-talking her mental state with comparisons to Amanda Bynes and a photo of Sinead’s famous 1992 appearance on Saturday Night Live when she tore up a photo of then-Pope John Paul II.
Sinead responded, this time on Facebook, and much more harshly:
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 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.
Okay, so there is no short version of this anymore.
Miley stuck with Twitter for her response, a two-part message that invited Sinead to meet up with her for a chat.
Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week. — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
No response from Sinead so far, so that’s where they stand for now. Sinead’s attempt as an older, more experienced performer who has been through her own version of the industry and publicity mill to help a younger one appears to have backfired, at least for right now. Sinead said initially that her words were “said in the spirit of motherliness and with love,” and that does come through in her words:
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 its 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.
Miley’s subsequent attack on Sinead’s mental state wasn’t cool, regardless, and by the time Sinead took to Facebook in response, anger had taken over, and that’s never good. Miley’s request for a meet-up? Curious.
One could see how after a summer of notoriety for VMA-twerking and sledgehammer licking — basically everything but her music — a person like Sinead would take an opportunity after Miley identified her as a role model to reach out like one.
Just because an older person does that, however, there is no guarantee that a younger one will either be willing to listen, be ready to hear whatever support or advice is being offered, or to even think that there is any reason for concern in the first place. “Experience is the best teacher” is a cliche for a reason.
With all the criticism lobbed about her at the moment, Miley herself seems rather satisfied with how she’s conducting business, regardless of what Sinead O’Connor or anyone else has to say about it. Admiring an artist for her previous work, and even modeling current projects on any aspect of that, doesn’t mean inviting that artist in as a critic, a mentor, or a behavioral guide, even if it’s needed.
Other celebrities have emerged as mentors and strong supporters for younger actors and musicians over the years, helping them navigate professional and personal situations as their careers progressed. Let’s take a look at some of these sometimes unlikely pairs. Maybe Sinead and Miley can eventually try to talk this out, too.
11 Celebrities Who Mentored Younger Stars:
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