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Sinéad O’Connor felt compelled to write an open letter to the young artist Miley Cyrus after the pop star credited her with the inspiration behind her controversial new music video.
With scenes where Ms Cyrus is stripped naked, her new video for the song “Wrecking Ball” is causing controversy and reigniting the debate over female exploitation in the music industry. However, it wasn’t until Ms Cyrus announced that she drew her inspiration for her new look, as well as her new video, from Sinéad O’Connor that the singer felt compelled to write an open letter.
After being contacted by the media for remarks on Miley Cyrus’ interview in Rolling Stone magazine, Ms. O’Connor wrote a frank, open letter to the pop star. Despite tackling the difficult issues of female exploitation and the prostitution of young female musicians by record labels, Ms. O’Connor’s letter is prefixed with the statement that it comes purely from a place of “motherliness and love”.
Ms. O’Connor urges the young singer to open her eyes to the exploitation in the music industry and to understand that they are solely interested in the profits they can make from her, regardless of what long-term effects this may have on her body and mind. She goes on to state “None of the men ogling you give a shit about you either, do not be fooled.” Ms. O’Connor describes how her trademark look was a kneejerk reaction against everything the labels wanted her to be at the time and that Miley should tread carefully in her apparent keenness to shed her “Hannah Montana” image. She also warns of the damaging message she is sending to her fans and the young girls that see her on TV.
Possibly the most powerful statement to caution against the self-interest of the music industry hits home; “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 … Don’t be under any illusions … ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty … which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.”
Female report! offers its sincere gratitude to Ms. O’Connor for such an honest and frank warning to a young lady who so clearly believes that her sexual appeal is paramount in attracting audiences and fans.
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