And the award for the messiest beef of the week doesn’t go to Azealia Banks for perhaps the first time ever. You might remember that Sinead O’Connor made headlines yesterday (October 2) by posting an open letter to Miley Cyrus. It was well-intended (if a little misguided) but obviously ruffled the 20-year-old’s feathers. Being compared to a prostitute tends to do that.
It was then Miley’s turn to act without thinking as she jumped on Twitter this morning (October 3) to share a bunch of tweets the Irish singer wrote while battling mental illness. To add insult to injury, she compared her to Amanda Bynes, who is currently receiving psychiatric treatment. It was petty and childish given the motherly tone of Sinead’s letter and destined to prompt a fiery response.
And the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer doesn’t disappoint. This afternoon she logged into Facebook and went to town. The concern and goodwill displayed in her first letter have completely evaporated. Instead, she’s seething. “Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you?” the 46-year-old demands. “Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism.”
Sinead then berates Terry Richardson‘s muse for mocking the mentally ill and demands she apologize to Amanda Bynes. She also takes offense at Miley bringing up her infamous anti-Pope demonstration and explains why she did it. Ever the word smith, O’Connor ends the rant by saying: “you could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your tits out to read.”
Read the full letter below:
ANOTHER OPEN LETTER TO MILEY CYRUS
Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.
I mean really really… who advises you? 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.
I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated. Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? 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.
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 apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.
Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance. I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your tits out to read.
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