Miley's response to Sinead O'Connor's first letter was to allegedly make fun of mental illness on twitter. Where did it all go wrong? Read Sinead's second letter to Miley and find out what lessons this episode has for our daughters.
And so the saga continues. After Sinead O'Connor's first open letter to Miley Cyrus which led to Sinead being mocked on Twitter, the 2nd open letter to Miley reads like this:
Miley…Really? Who...is advising you? 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. 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.”
Sinead is right
As parents of daughters battle to save them from images born of easily available pornography; from headlines led by the bad behaviour of the likes of Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Lady Gaga and various Desperate Housewives; Sinead's is the voice of reason. She speaks from years of experience and maturity. It's a real shame that Miley Cyrus didn’t see the advice for what it was and decided to come out fighting with her claws drawn.
Sinead's advice to Miley is right and sound, and as parents of daughters, we all have many lessons to learn from it too. Miley Cyrus is still breaking out of her Hannah Montana mould. Instead of riding on the success of her early fame, she is determined to burn her Disney past in favour of a Hustler future. But at what cost to herself? And perhaps as mothers, we should be asking the question, at what cost to her thousands of young, female fans around the world, one of them who could be your own daughter?
What can we teach our daughters from all of this? Find out on the next page.