A look back at Sinéad O’Connor's lengthy letter to Miley Cyrus after she compared her song Wrecking Ball to Nothing Compares 2 U
Wow. What an incredible letter! This is a sermon every woman should read.
This quote is so good... I honestly needed to read this letter for myself.
“If you have an innocent heart you can't recognise those who do not.”
If only someone could’ve written this to Britney.
My infuriation comes from Miley STILL being too young to hear the love and help Sinead offered. Instead Miley attacked and dismissed her. The older we get the more we see the same thing play out again and again. Maybe it’s about women’s bodies...maybe it’s about social issues...but the young rarely listen. I know I didn’t.
It's quite beautiful that Sinead had taken such care to write this heartfelt letter. Sound advice from a wise and troubled soul. Saw her in concert in 1990, she was an outstanding performer!
An incredible letter written out of total care and compassion. And of course I thought of Britney right away. She should read this letter! So many young women are ready and willing to sell themselves with sexual tones and never realize that they should not have to. I have a cousin who always needs validation that she is beautiful, and will bare it all to prove it. Men taught us this...because men want it. Now I am not a man hater - I am married to one after all and actually wanted validation in the same way back them. What Sinead understood at a younger age was remarkable, and saying that makes me sad because we need to teach our sons and daughters better in this regard. This is beyond the normal hormone thing. Thank you Jessica. More new respect for Sinead, as I did not even know about this.
Sinèad - bang on as per usual. She was a generous, kind, fiercely strong & enormously fragile woman and to have taken the time to pen this truly heartfelt letter to Miley brings tears to my eyes. Did Miley take heed? Possibly she will in time. Honestly, for Miley to say she based her Wrecking Ball video on Sinèad’s Nothing Compares video is frankly an insult...let alone to say she based her look on Sinèad. As Sinèad kindly points out here their looks were entirely different and with entirely different motives. I’m almost nervous to read Mileys response & the feud for fear of getting upset. Sinèad had a heart of gold. Rest easy, Sinèad xxxxxx
Crazy how normalized exploiting women’s sexuality is. Amazing Sinead always saw it. Jewel wouldn’t do it and neither does an Adele. Such a great post! TY
Sinéad was right and remains right about everything stated here. I remmeber when this happened and played out in real time and the disgusting, low and classless way Miley responded by mocking Sineads mental health amongst other things in public. Sinead should never have been as generous and kind as she was toward Miley in this letter, Miley didn’t and does not deserve it.
I miss you terribly, darling Sinéad O’Connor ❤️ nothing compared to HER
What a beautiful, important letter.
Sinéad was simply amazing, a badass who was ahead of her time and gone too soon. Miley would do well to heed her advice going forward.
I think Miley has always had support and a good head on her shoulders. Her new song and it’s subsequent TikTok series really shows how she’s reflected on these moments from her EARLY 20’s when everyone was offended by her sticking her tongue out and twerking and being young and hot. The difference I think is that she owned her sexuality and identity and has always been self aware with a supportive family. Sinead did not have that at all and had to find out the realities of the world all on her own. So she wrote that letter from a good place, Miley just didn’t get it.
Wow. I have new respect for her.
I remember reading this letter when it was published and I thought that this letter should be read by every young woman, and woman in the music industry so that they understand that their thinking of "girl power" or that it is "feminism" in some way to take away your clothing and sexualizing each song and performance is a lie that is told to allow themselves to be exploited by an industry run by men, quite the opposite. Miley's response to this letter is from a rude and spoiled person (typical of a girl who thinks that because she has been in the industry since she was a little girl she knows everything). Sorry to disappoint anyone here who likes miley or her music, but she is a hypocrite, she was and still is. Not only did she wait 10 years and Sinead's death to talk about it and say that she "didn't know the state of mind she was in", seriously?? you did not know? I knew it, the rest of her fans knew it, the media knew it and even people who weren't fans knew everything they did to her and what she experienced in her life. You cut your hair for her supposedly because you admired her, and you didn't know anything about her? Miley even today she is still a pop product and she still acts the way Sinead told her she was going to be a slave to the men in the industry, she still praises disney when we all know what happens in disney. She puts out a little song about how "she used to be young and crazy and wild and all those things you think I am" All those things she's done was to generate controversy and attention, great it worked! there is nothing real in something prepared just for her to say ""hey, look at me, I'm a woman, I do what I want with my body and I behave like an idiot so that you can talk about me" Sinead was a beautiful wise human being a person who suffered until the last day of her life. A person who always said things that made others feel uncomfortable because they were truths that most ignored or believed were conspiracies because they were not on their TV . She spoke about wars, the destruction they left millions without a home, family and forced them to leave their country to survive. She talked about supporting Palestine, Syria and all the countries that were being bombed by Israel and the US. She spoke and denounced the abuse of minors by the Catholic Church, without ceasing to be a religious woman, she spoke and denounced the music industry, she defended the rights of women and children everywhere. She never stopped saying what she thought no matter how much the media and other people labeled her as "troublesome". There is only one Sinead, there are thousands of Mileys
If I were Miley, I would have each page of that letter blown up, framed, and hung on my wall. That way she could see it every day and think of Sinead , think of her words, and heed them. Then pay it forward for other young women in the public eye...
THAT would be the best tribute she could pay to Sinead.