Miley Cyrus has given Sinead O'Connor credit for inspiring her naked "Wrecking Ball" video, but the Irish singer says thanks, but no thanks — and put your clothes back on.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Cyrus said the stark, simplistic video for O'Connor's hit "Nothing Compares 2 U" was foremost in her mind when filming "Wrecking Ball."
"I wanted it to be tough but really pretty — that's what Sinead did with her hair and everything," she explained to the mag.
Now in an open letter published on her website, O'Connor says Cyrus has it all wrong, and "in the spirit of motherliness" she is compelled to speak out in the hopes that the young star can pull it together before the industry spits her out.
"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," O'Connor wrote. "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."
"The music business doesn't give a s*** about you, or any of us," O'Connor, who has long struggled with drug abuse and mental illness herself, continues. "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."
O'Connor explained that her video for "Nothing Compares 2 U" was created to fight the idea of being anything the industry required of her, let alone "really pretty" — that in fact it was a reaction to record execs who were pushing her to be overtly sexual.
"I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks," she wrote. "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 [years] of age."
"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 it's somehow cool to be prostituted... it's so not cool Miley... it's dangerous."
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