Sinéad O’Connor hits back at Miley Cyrus

Yesterday Sinéad O’Connor posted an open letter to Miley Cyrus on her website, warning her of the dangers in the music industry and reminding her of the responsibility she has as a role model to young women.

Sinead O’Connor - one of the most famous and controversial Irish singers of all time
Sinead O’Connor

Cyrus’s response to being questioned in public was severe. She hit back on Twitter posting some of O’Connor’s old tweets in which she spoke about to needing to see a psychiatrist. Cyrus also posted an old photo of O’Connor tearing up a picture of the Pope and tried to mock her by comparing her to Amanda Byne, the actress who has suffered with mental illness.

Yesterday O’Connor was trying to help and protect Miley Cyrus. Today she has posted another letter on her website, clearly angered by the lack of respect and class shown by the young star. Here is today’s post in full:

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.

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Miley Cyrus

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 apologise 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*ts out to read.

This row may be far from over. The anger felt by Sinéad O’Connor is there for all to see. There may be further exchanges over the next few days.

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By Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a writer for Irish Music Daily and Ireland Calling. His favourite Irish Music bands are Flogging Molly and the Dropkick Murphys.