The Irish singer expresses her outrage after the younger star mocked her attempt to seek help for her mental health issue, saying it was 'an attempt to deliberately cause me harm and hurt.'
Any love between Sinead O'Connor and Miley Cyrus is now long gone, as the two stars from different generations are engaged in a war of words. The 46-year-old musician has just written a second open letter to her junior, calling out the younger singer for re-posting 2-year-old tweets in which the older star pled help to find a mental health care.
Their feud started after O'Connor told Miley "in the spirit of motherliness and with love" to stop "pimping" herself. "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," she began.
"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," the Irish singer said.
"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 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."
"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...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."
"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," 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."
In a quick response, Miley posted a screencaption of O'Connor's tweets which showed the older singer asking for help to find a psychiatrist as she's getting back on her meds. "Before Amanda Bynes.... There was....," Miley tweet-mocked. The 20-year-old also uploaded a photo of O'Connor infamously ripping up a picture of the Pope on "Saturday Night Live" in 1992.
Shortly afterwards, O'Connor fired back at the "Wrecking Ball" singer in an expletive-laden rant. "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," she said.
"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."
"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 apologize to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered."
She went on, "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."
She added in a third, shorter letter later on, "She [Miley] has done this in an attempt to deliberately cause me harm and hurt. I wish to confirm that I am quite well and kindly request people cease e mailing me in the mistaken belief these are recent tweets."
"I confirm also that I do not at all support or condone the abuse or mockery of those who have been brave enough to openly discuss mental health issues. Mockery causes deaths. Period. It is an unacceptable form of bullying, no matter who it is doing the bullying."
The former fiancee of Liam Hemsworth didn't waste time to give her response either, as she's quickly tweeting, "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week." She added, "So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)."
O'Connor has since got support from fellow star Roseanne Barr. The comedienne took sides with the Irish musician as she's writing on her own page, "Sinead cared enough to tell miley the truth & miley calls her 'crazy'. Just like MKULTRAfeminists are trained 2do."