Miley Cyrus vs Sinead O’Connor – Part 1

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Miley Cyrus has been in the news recently but for all the wrong reasons. Born Destiny Hope Cyrus, right now there certainly seems to be neither hope, nor any clear destiny for this pop chick gone bad.

If you haven’t been following Miley Cyrus’s exploits, she wiped away any last traces of Hannah Montana innocence with her sexually suggestive twerking performance at the MTV video music award show in August this year.

Sorry Miley – you just don’t compare!

Then came the video for her latest single Wrecking Ball, in which she swings naked on a demolition ball and licks a sledgehammer in a suggestive manner. It turns out that Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball video is based on Irish singer/songwriter Sinead O’Conner’s “Nothing Compares to You” video. According to Miley’s Rolling Stone interview, Sinead was her role model.

* Watch the videos  “Wrecking Ball” and “Nothing Compares to You” at the end of the article.

As parents and mothers, we are all too aware of how powerful the influence of popular singers like Miley can be on our young and impressionable daughters. Do you really want your 12-year old daughter – who used to love Hannah Montana and now is a massive Miley-the-pop-star fan – to be emulating the singer’s recent behaviour? We think not. And this is also probably how Sinead (who is a mother of 4 and not one to back away from a controversial topic) felt. She decided to use the opportunity to give Miley some motherly advice.

A music veteran’s motherly advice

“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. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.”

open letter to miley cyrus

What kind of example is Miley Cyrus setting for our daughters?

“I repeat, you have enough talent that you don’t need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn’t let them make a fool of you either…They’re there for the money, we’re there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control.”

 Read on for more of Sinead’s motherly advice to Miley Cyrus