Unless you’ve been living off the grid in a cabin in the woods, no doubt you’ve been aware of the naughty shenanigans of former “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus. I swear I will never look at a foam finger or a teddy bear the same way after seeing her bump-and-grind “twerking” at the VMAs. I should probably confess I didn’t watch the VMAs, but I did go look the video up after seeing coverage of it the day after. And I must also confess I confused Robin Thick with his dad Alan Thick, and I couldn’t figure out why Miley was dirty dancing with a guy old enough to be her grandpa. It came as a big relief to find out Robin Thick is only 36 to Miley’s twenty. Whew!
And again, unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably caught a glimpse or two of Miley’s latest video called “Wrecking Ball”, where a naked Miley swings on a wrecking ball and licks some other construction tools. I am not 100 years old. I know it’s performance art, but it leaves me thinking, “Is this what a girl with an amazing set of pipes needs to do to sell a record, er…, I mean CD, er…, a tune for downloading, these days? (What the heck are they calling a record these days anyway?) But where was I? Oh, right. Young, talented, naked girl twerks her way into selling a huge number of downloaded-digital-what-we used-to-call-records in the olden days.
Now a twist in the story. In rides Sinead O’connor, straight out of the 80′,s with the exact same advice that we’ve all been thinking. “Miley put on your clothes”. It seems that Sinead O’Connor got wind of Miley telling Rolling Stone Magazine that her inspiration for the Wrecking Ball video was none other that Sinead’s “Nothing Compares To You” video from 1990 and decided to pen an open letter to the young singer.
In part, Ms O’Connor 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 absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.”
Obviously speaking from her own experience, Sinead goes on to say,
“They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, “they” will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.”
It all sounds like something Sinead O’Conner wishes she could go back in time and tell her 20-year-old self.
So how does Miss Miley respond? Does she take Sinead’s sage, time-earned advice to heart? Not hardly. She responds in a typical teenager fashion and tweets an obvious dig at Sinead’s often-reported battle with mental illness and compares her to Amanda Bynes, a young actress who is currently on a 5150 hold to battle her own demons. Seems like most of us, Miley will have to learn her life lessons the hard way. What do you think?
Before Amanda Bynes…. There was…. pic.twitter.com/6JZPVnunPc
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013