Why Sinead O'Connor's Letter to Miley Cyrus Was Sexist
Yesterday, a hefty portion of the Internet exploded with support for Sinead O'Connor's "motherly" letter to Miley Cyrus regarding Miley's recent penchant for nudity and sledgehammer-licking. O'Connor's letter was lengthy and somewhat repetitive, but it essentially told Cyrus that: (a) she was allowing herself to be exploited by men in the music industry, (b) taking her clothes off in the course of her career would ultimately damage it and that (c) Miley's recent sexually suggestive behavior was the result of other people's desires and not her own.
O'Connor's letter was prompted by Miley's recent cover story in Rolling Stone, in which she compared her (awful) video for "Wrecking Ball" with O'Connor's classic clip for "Nothing Compares 2U". "It's like the Sinead O'Connor video," Miley said, "But, like, the most modern version. I wanted it to be tough but really pretty -- that's what Sinead did with her hair and everything." Cyrus, of course, is way off the mark with this assertion, since the only thing the two videos have in common is that there's facial close-ups and crying in both of them.