Miley Cyrus has responded to the Sinéad O'Connor open letter by posting some highly disturbing tweets from an account O'Connor used during her 2012 breakdown. O'Conner supposedly deleted her Twitter in April of last year after being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
O'Connor reached out to Cyrus in an open letter, after the former Disney star suggested that her new video "Wrecking Ball" was inspired by O'Connor's video "Nothing Compares To You".
In her heartfelt letter, the 46-year-old Irish singer, who has experienced her own personal problems, says:
"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 it's the music business or yourself doing the pimping."
Miley Cyrus didn't take the advice the way it was intended, judging from her statement on Twitter. Cyrus compared the veteran singer to Amanda Bynes, who is also undergoing rehab for emotional problems.
Even though O'Connor has battled her own demons in an effort to control her bi-polar disorder, at one point in her career she was asked by music executives to keep it quiet. Sinéad decided against it, saying mental health issues are serious and are not something to be mocked.
"Everybody [is] treating me like a crazy person and it's a great source of amusement and entertainment. We live in a world where crazy is a term of abuse, which I frankly think should be outlawed."
Before Amanda Bynes.... There was.... pic.twitter.com/6JZPVnunPcIn her open letter, Sinéad O'Connor suggests that Miley Cyrus didn't quite get the intent of her video:
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
"The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs. of age, which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age."Miley Cyrus seems to be taking the counsel of Sinéad O'Connor, an artist who is reaching out to her, in a less than serious way.
Do you think Miley Cyrus' reference to Amanda Bynes is an insult to people with bipolar disorder and other forms of mental illness?
[Image via Miley Cyrus/Twitter]