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Sinéad O’Connor Writes to Miley Cyrus, Warns Against 'Being Prostituted'

Sinéad O’Connor Writes to Miley Cyrus, Warns Against 'Being Prostituted'

Sinéad O’Connor took to her website to write a letter to Miley Cyrus after numerous comparisons were made between her 1990 video “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “Wrecking Ball.”

“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,” Sinead wrote on her blog (which has since been shut down due to heavy traffic).

“The music business doesn’t give a sh*t about you, or any of us,” Sinead continued. “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.”

Click inside to read Sinead’s full letter to Miley Cyrus…

Dear Miley,

I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares… So this is what I need to say… And it is said 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. 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.

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 shit about you, or any of us. 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.

None of the men oggling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled. Many’s the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesn’t mean they give a fuck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a fuck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a fuck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped… and that includes you yourself.

Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. 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 prey for animals and less than animals, a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and it’s associated media.
You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever… Don’t be under any illusions… ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty… which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.

I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either. Don’t think for a moment that any of them give a flying fuck about you. They’re there for the money… we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.
You also said in Rolling Stone that your look 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 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. I needn’t even ask the question… I’ve been in the business long enough to know that men are making more money than you are from you getting naked. Its 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.

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. 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.
Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted… its so not cool Miley… its dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. we aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers… that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherfucker who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.

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  • Joam

    I agree

  • Jenny

    Bravo Sinead! Thank you for having the balls to tell it like it is!

    Sinead knows what she’s talking about, she’s been in the music business for 30 years and she chose to step away from fame because she didn’t want to be exploited. If Miley is smart, she will listen to Sinead.

    This letter can apply not just to girls in the music industry, but girls everywhere! Don’t let yourself be (sexually) exploited for someone else’s profit. Being proud of your body doesn’t mean you have to publicly exploit yourself; be it physical or emotional.

  • Anna

    SHE SOOOO NEEDED THIS! Finally someone who isn’t afraid to speak their mind!



  • Sarah.

    It’s nice she cares and wrote this but I’ve got a feeling Miley doesn’t care.. But what she wrote is so true though.

  • Damn, that was really insightful and honest and I’m impressed she wrote that

  • go go

    These execs just were lucky they got

  • Natalie

    WOOOOOW! Someone finally has enough balls to say what everyone else is thinking. Major props.

  • go go

    A totally willing participant who enjoys being”prostituted” because she is genuinely the junkie ho you see.

  • siebbb

    omygoshh this is so cool! finally someone who is telling her the truth.
    Her father actually had to tell her all of this… :\

  • Pretty Ka

    @Jenny: So true! It creeps me out to see young women feeling the NEED to exploit their beauty or sexuality in order to get some sense of being worshiped.

  • Brazilian girl

    She should write to Rihanna too.
    I agree with everything Sinead said!

  • http://ETERNALOZZIE.COM eternalozzie

    Sinead is SO out of line here … Do people not realize this is all marketing designed to get people all worked up to draw attention? All of this was designed to sell music. This persona that Miley is projecting is not really her so stop freaking out. You people are so easily manipulated.

  • Anna


    Right, this is not really Miley…there are two walking this Earth and the Hannah Montana Miley is hiding somewhere…right…

  • oh well

    lovely letter, but Miley will not EVER take her advice… there is moment in every crazy girl (take Amanda Bynes as example) that doesn’t care what other people say to her or advice her what is good for her. It’s like, they are deaf to suggestions.

  • sweetness

    and yet please explain why a Rihanna concert sells out, why Miley Cyrus is having one successful hit after another…why Madonna made close to a billion…and she was sexually explicit in everything she did..

    YET Sinead O’Connor was the one whose career went down the toilet because she went on national tv..and tore up a photo of the Pope.
    she was controversial for that offensive act not being exploited sexually.

    Get over this prudish nonsense. You hypocrites say nothing when Jennifer Aniston poses naked to sell Smart Water but Miley going wild and flaunting her 20 year old slender body riles you up…Are you prudes offended by Victoria Secret models???

  • esmeralda

    miley is an ugly prostitute

  • tick

    Thank you Sinead. Best letter I’ve read since Russell Brand’s take on Occupy Wall Street.

  • go go

    Yes this is the real Miley it has been for quite some time or do you forget all the slvtty pics she used to tweet years ago and the private vid where she was stoned or the shoot in VF where she lied she didnt kno pic were suppd to be sexy or when kelly Osborne putted her love for getting stoned then had to lie she was kidding, please this girl is a natural at what she is doing now, just hasp to make $$$ but no one is dictating to her! BS!

  • Amazing msg

    Beautifuly done, loved the message, unfortunatelly Miley and her fans will answer like this was an attack and how Miley is the victim for expressing herself

  • Lexi

    @eternalozzie: Maybe you are right, but in any way you see it, either because Miley likes it this way or because the industry wants to sell music, THIS IS WRONG! Woman shouldn’t be valued by our looks! So if you are a public figure with the chance to reach all the world, why not give a voice to other women who fight for this every day?

  • anonymous

    She should write this letter to Rihanna too!

  • go go

    Miley WISHES she looked like a VS model

  • Lisa

    Sinead to late for Miley, MILEY IS A WHORE

  • Lisa


  • carol Lee

    First one fired should be her parents who are living off her money! I agree and it is so nice to see someone cares about her even if she doesn’t care about herself. Bravo Sinead!

  • m

    this letter for sure will not impress the illuminati

  • kami

    that’s good advice, but miley will probably start a tweet hate on sinead. miley doesn’t want advice. she want’s to be out there with her tongue sticking out for everyone to see and be talking about.

  • Louise

    Good god, that was well freaking said. I’ve been waiting for something like that for years. I think Miley needs some home truths and guidance from a well meaning source other than that of her family that has been making money from her for years.

  • Louise


    That is so not the point of the letter, the point is that it’s not ok to be projecting this type of image. Its the most trashiest form of publicity and is sending the wrong message.

  • lisa

    Until this morning I at least thought Miley was kind and full of love, if hypersexual and said the f-word too much. BUT:

    1. She essentially joined the crowd and made fun of Amanda Bynes – a fellow female celeb who fell victim to exactly what Sinead was talking about

    2. She tried to shame Sinead for wanting to get help for having mental health issues (that’s not her real twitter by the way)

    Just wow, Miley. She wasn’t even attacking you, and yet you took it so personally. That’s how I know the train wreck really has started.

  • susie#1

    Sinead’s letter to Miley was heartfelt and true; she’s a woman with an angelic voice and a good mind. Sinead has had mental health issues which she has spoken about publicly, so her letter is more than just empty words.

    Miley has rested on her laurels from her TV show. Her singing voice is a nasal rasp, and there’s nothing particularly lovely about it. I don’t think it’s wonderful to be subjected to her tongue and various body parts. Less can be more intriguing than what she’s putting out there. And to attack Amanda Bynes is really getting down in the gutter. No class at all.

  • ohhhh

    that was true

  • Jane

    And Miley’s reply was insensitive and arrogant. You go, Sinead!! So well done!

  • Jane

    And Miley’s reply was insensitive and arrogant. You go, Sinead!! Well done!

  • guest

    @eternalozzie …. yeah, exactly. That’s what Sinead just said and you’re basically agreeing with her. You’re saying yourself that it’s just an image of Miley and it’s not really her, it’s just to sell records. Sinead is saying that people around Miley are encouraging her to MAKE that image to sell records and she’s telling her she doesn’t need to do that BS. In a nutshell, you’re saying Sinead is right, but that Miley should keep on acting like trash and that’s very very sad. Maybe Sinead should write a letter to you too eternalozzie.

  • mike

    Sinéad O’Connor tore that picture of the pope to protest against thousands of young children being abused by the Catholic Church, and Miley Cyrus thinks this is something to make fun of?


    Sin-ead is a nazi…


    Poster at 11:11; Nazism is anti-capitalist Marxism.


    No.5; Ms Sin from Ireland is not normal. Have you ever noticed how odd looking Nazi skin heads tend to be? No matter how much they try to reform their message.

  • yep

    That was sweet of her to care enough to put herself out there to remind Miley who else is making money off of her… Wishing both ladies health and happiness.

  • l

    Sinead, that was a great letter and i hope Miley and rihanna and Madonna and Kardashian and all other females in the industry should think long and hard before they take their clothes off again.

  • Greta

    This Viley Virus needs to be contained. Can’t stand that big headed twerp. You tell her Sinead!!!

  • RWD

    WOW, WOW, WOW! Miley definitely needed this wake up call! Very nicely said :)

  • Joan

    It took a young clothed Kiwi girl to knock her of the ball!!!!. thank you Royale

  • Sam

    God bless you S.O. For writing thais heartfelt letter. I can’t agree more with all that you penned!