“It’s the opposite of the VMAs. It’s like the Sinead O’Connor video [for “Nothing Compares 2 U”], but, like, the most modern version. I wanted it to be tough but really pretty – that’s what Sinead did with her hair and everything. The trick is getting the camera up above you, so it almost looks like you’re looking up at someone and crying. I think people are going to hate it, they’re going to see my ass and be like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe she did that.’”
Miley Cyrus’ explanation to Rolling Stone about her “Wrecking Ball” video brought out an unlikely source of inspiration, but that source has taken notice and issued a lengthy response. O’Connor has written an open letter to the star, addressing the sexual nature of her “Wrecking Ball” video and issuing a warning about the nature of the music industry.
” 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…”
O’Connor implores Cyrus to take her responsibility of being a female role model seriously. Most of the letter draws attention to the music industry’s tendency to exploit females solely for their sexuality and youth. O’Connor suggests that Cyrus isn’t aware of the dangerous path she is currently on.
“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…
…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.”
Shortly after O’Connor posted the letter to her website, Cyrus responded with a single tweet calling out the singer and comparing her to Amanda Bynes.
Cyrus then posted another tweet with the words #SNL, and a picture of O'Connor tearing up a picture of the Pope from her performance on Saturday Night Live 21 years ago. She sang an a cappella version of Bob Marley's “War” to protest the problems of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. O'Connor ripped up the photo as she finished her song by spouting “Fight the real enemy,” to a stunned silent audience.
Read the full letter here.