Reporting Scott T. Sterling
What started as ’90s agit-prop provocateur Sinead O’Connor offering current pop culture sensation Miley Cyrus some rather stern career advice has exploded into an all-out war of words between the two artists.
After O’Connor’s original open letter to Cyrus went viral, Cyrus flippantly replied by posting a screengrab of desperate Tweets O’Connor sent out in the past asking for mental help and prescription medication, comparing her to actress Amanda Bynes, currently in rehab after a series of bizarre public meltdowns.
Cyrus also tweeted out a photo of O’Connor’s notorious Saturday Night Live appearance in 1992 when she famously ripped up a picture of the Pope while spitting out the words, “fight the real enemy.”
Sinead O’Connor did not take kindly to the Twitter replies, and posted a second open letter to Miley Cyrus via her Facebook page, where she lambasted the young pop singer, demanding that the offending Tweets be taken down or prepare to face legal action.
“Miley…Really? Who the f*ck is advising you?” O’Connor wrote. “Because taking me on is even more f*ckin’ 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,” she added. “In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help…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.”
O’Connor was equally upset with Cyrus invoking her infamous Saturday Night Live moment, advising that the young pop star investigate what was behind her shredding the Pope’s picture on live TV.
“You posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity,” O’Connor said. “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.”
Cyrus took to her own Twitter account to respond to O’Connor’s second missive with a pair of messages, including one that somewhat sarcastically suggested that she’d be open to a sit-down with the “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer.
So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)—
Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 03, 2013