I sincerely wish we had an I-can’t-believe-this-is-actually-news category, because that’s where I would put it. And yet, Miley Cyrus is once again in the news, this time for no other reason than an industry veteran tried to give her some advice.
In case you don’t know about it yet (or are having trouble piecing it together), here’s what’s been going on the past couple of days. Ironically, it actually started with a compliment, as Cyrus recently cited O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” music video as an inspiration for her (not surprisingly) controversial video “Wrecking Ball.” This prompted the media to begin pelting O’Connor for her take on the similarity between the two videos. Instead of responding directly to the press, O’Connor took to her own website, posting an open letter to Miley Cyrus in which she complimented the singer’s talent but warned her against allowing the music industry to pimp her. “Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited. Please, in future, say no when you are asked to prostitute yourself,” she wrote.
To say the least, Miley did not respond graciously. As is often her custom, her reply was via Twitter, in which she taunted the Irish singer by reposting a series of tweets from O’Connor’s Twitter account from a couple of years ago, when she had admittedly been struggling with mental health issues:
Before Amanda Bynes…. There was…. pic.twitter.com/6JZPVnunPc
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
First—you don’t do this to an Irishman. Second, you don’t do it to Sinead O’Connor. Incensed, O’Connor posted another open letter, this time far less conciliatory and far more ranting, posting several times on her Facebook account, calling Miley out for “bullying” her and Amanda Bynes, and threatening legal action if the tweets were not removed. “You will yourself one day suffer such illness, that is without doubt. The course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me,” she declared.
A couple of additional barbs were exchanged online, barely worth mentioning…
And THEN…who should enter the fray but Amanda F**king Palmer, who posted her own open letter to Sinead on her own blog. Palmer was obviously attempting to strike a more conciliatory tone between the two, expressing sincere appreciation for O’Connor but tactfully defending Cyrus’ recent decisions. “Who says Miley can’t flip the script whenever she wants?” she said. Neither singer has apparently bothered to respond to Palmer, but O’Connor said during an appearance on late night Irish television that the squabble was “over.”
It is an interesting point to note that all the people who have entered this conversation (or tried to) have provided their own reasons at one time or another for being caricatured by the media—so watching from a distance has been been nothing short of fascinating—sort of like a train wreck in progress, something you don’t want to see but can’t turn away from. Another interesting point is that of the three voices in this conversation, only two have made any lick of sense. Amanda Palmer actually attempts to respond intelligently (though uninvited to the table), and until she got pissed off, Sinead O’Connor actually made some sense, too.
The only one acting one hundred percent like a spoiled brat kid? And yes, a bully?