Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus’ social media war has escalated. The Irish singer posted a second open letter on her blog to the 20-year-old this morning, prompted by Miley’s racy antics at the MTV Music Awards and comments in Rolling Stone where Miley compared her Wrecking Ball music video to Sinead’s 1990 Nothing Compares 2U video.
The 46-year-old urged her not to rely on "allowing [herself] to be exploited” in her career, and told her to avoid being “prostituted”.
“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,” Sinead wrote in the piece.
Miley responded by mocking Sinead’s mental health, comparing her to actress Amanda Bynes, who is currently staying in a private psychiatric facility.
“Before Amanda Bynes... There was...” tweeted Miley, before attaching a photo of some tweets from Sinead’s Twitter account two years ago. Some of the tweets posted by Miley included Sinead trying to find a psychiatrist in Ireland who could “urgently” see her as soon as possible. Sinead has since spoken openly about her battle with depression and suicide attempt during this time.
Miley then posted a photo of Sinead’s controversial protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic church in 1992 where she ripped up a photo of the Pope on Saturday Night Live. Sinead fought back on Facebook with a second open letter.
“Have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness?” she wrote. “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.”