Sinead O'Connor To Miley Cyrus: 'You Are Worth More Than Your Body'
Sinead O'Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus after she compared her new "Wrecking Ball" video to the Irish singer's iconic "Nothing Compares 2 U."
Both music videos feature the singers crying; however, O'Connor believes that's the only similarity. She voices her concern that Cyrus, 20, is being exploited and that her actions will harm her career.
O'Connor wrote on her website: "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 it's 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."
O'Connor goes on to offer the pop star some advice.
She added: "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 s**t about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it's 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...
"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 pray for animals and less than animals... You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal."
O'Connor also voices her concern about Cyrus' future when she is no longer young and vibrant.
She continued: "You also said in Rolling Stone that your look (in the video) 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... It's 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."