In recent weeks, 20-year-old singer Miley Cyrus has been a figure of controversy with her provocative videos and her suggestive dancing at the VMA’s with fellow singer Robin Thicke. Once again, Cyrus’s name has flared up again after she announced that the video for her new single – ‘Wrecking Ball – was inspired by Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor’s iconic song ‘Nothing Compares to You’.
In response to this comment, O’Connor wrote an open letter to Cyrus telling her although she was “happy to hear” she is “somewhat a role model” for her, Cyrus has to learn not to allow herself to be “prostituted” in the music industry. The singer warned Cyrus of the exploitation of women in the music world describing ‘they will prostitute you for all you are worth’ and that getting naked is not the correct way to seek fame or in Cyrus’s case shed the innocent image of her childhood role as Hannah Montana.
Last month Cyrus defended ‘Wrecking Ball’ video stating “if people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination and see what the video really means, it is so vulnerable” but O’Connor argues that she has cause to be ‘concerned’ stating that Cyrus was allowing herself to be “pimped”.
As of yet, Cyrus has not made a public comment on the letter.