Friday, October 04, 2013

Sinead vs. Miley

The internet has been aflame over the last couple of days with the feud that has broken out between Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus. The 46 year old songstress sent an open letter to the young singer expressing her concerns over Miley’s recent spate of outrageous behaviour, including her performance at the VMAs and her nudity in the video for Wrecking Ball. Luxe Models decided to weigh in on the debate.

The original letter sent by O’Connor yesterday (3/10/2013) described the Nothing Compares 2 U singer’s upset over Miley’s apparent “prostitution” through her music career. She said that the 20 year old singer shouldn’t wish to be liked for her sexual appeal and that her success should be based on her talent alone.

Sinead O’Connor told Cyrus that being naked and doing crass publicity stunts are no way to build a solid reputation, and stated that the music business doesn’t really care about the people making the music, only that they make money for the managers and corporations they are signed to. She also suggested that artists, particularly female artists, who play solely on their sexuality and build a career around their looks, will end up being forgotten about as they grow older. She said it seems like Miley Cyrus is “sending a message that it’s cool to be prostituted”, but that women in music and in general should be valued for so much more than that.

Cyrus responded with an unashamedly pornographic photoshoot with Terry Richardson, the same man who directed the infamous Wrecking Ball video. In it she adopts overtly sexual poses and simulates sex with a beer can. She also took to Twitter to slam O’Connor for her letter, comparing the singer to Amanda Bynes who is currently undergoing treatment for mental illness. Miley outrageously drew attention to Sinead’s own mental health issues by retweeting the posts O’Connor made during her public breakdown two years ago.

While we’re all for supporting forward thinking women who want to promote a strong image (as Amanda Palmer details in her letter to Sinead O’Connor) we don’t think it’s cool to pick on another person’s weaknesses and think maybe an apology should be offered. But as it stands right now, it seems like Miley won't be doing anything that doesn’t involve sticking her tongue out and being as naked as possible.