A feud emerged between artists Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus when O’Connor wrote a letter to the 20-year-old artist about her position in the music business.
The Irish singer/songwriter wrote to Cyrus on her website that “the music industry doesn’t give a sh** about you, or any of us, they will prostitute you for all you are worth, and clearly make you think it’s what you wanted… don’t be fooled.”
The letter came as a response to Cyrus’ music video to the song “Wrecking Ball” and her role in the MTV Music Video Awards in August 2013.
Cyrus responded to O’Connor by posting a photo of O’Connor tearing a photo of Pope John Paul II on her Saturday Night Live spot in 1992.
She continued by tweeting, “Before Amanda Bynes… There Was…” and attaching a picture that contained a collection of Sinead O’Connor searching for a psychiatrist in Ireland.
O’Connor revealed on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008 that struggled with bipolar disorder and that she had attempted suicide on her 33rd birthday.
Cyrus’ mention of O’Connor’s mental illness caused O’Connor to respond in another letter on her website.
She continued by addressing her display on Saturday Night Live, “Furthermore, you posted a picture of me tearing the pope’s photo… By mocking it, you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priest’s and have it covered by the Vatican.”
In an interview with Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show, Miley Cyrus said, “I’m a big fan of hers and so it really doesn’t matter. You can write as many open letters as you want… It’s nothing too new to me.”
In her latest letter to Miley Cyrus, O’Connor says that she’s received numerous letters from Cyrus’ fans that urge O’Connor to “kill herself” and that the tweets that Cyrus posted made O’Connor seem “unemployable,” because of the previous condition of her mental health.
O’Connor says, “No person, myself included, should have to wake up to the types of e-mails and communications I have had for the last few days urging that I should kill myself.”
“Neither should I have to have management write to half of the show-business world to explain my tweets were two-years-old and that I am very fit for work. I have four children to support. I can’t do that if people believe me to be unemployable,” stated O’Connor on her fourth letter to Miley.
All O’Connor is asking for is an apology from Cyrus as well as to Amanda Bynes, and those that struggle with “mental health difficulties.”
O’Connor closed her last letter with, “You are entitled to disagree with people, but you’re not entitled to incite abuse to those perceived to be mentally ill. I find it hard to imagine you to be an entirely uncaring girl, so I will hope you will prove me right by asking all I have asked of you here.”
Cyrus has yet to apologize and when asked if she would apologize to O’Connor, she responded “I don’t know. Are we supposed to kiss?”