4. Miley vs. Sinead
It all started back in September when Miley told Rolling Stone
that she used O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2U" video
as inspiration for her scandalous "Wrecking Ball" video. "I wanted it to be tough but really pretty – that's what Sinead did with her hair and everything," Miley said.
According to O'Connor, she was getting hounded by the media to issue a comment, so she posted on her own website. The long-winded letter
explained just how corrupting the music industry can be to women and warned Miley not to fall into the business' trap. "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 its the music business or yourself doing the pimping."
Not too soon after, Miley was interviewed by Matt Lauer
, who, of course, brought up the beginning of the feud. Miley began by praising O'Connor as an artist, but also said, "I don't know how someone can start a fight with somebody who said, ‘Hey, I really respect you. And I really love what you what you did.' ‘You know what? You suck! I don't like you!' That was kind of crazy."
To add insult to injury, Miley took to Twitter
to poke fun at O'Connor for her past struggles with mental illness. Her post said, "Before Amanda Bynes.... There was....," and the accompanying photo was a screenshot of tweets
that O'Connor had once posted after an overdose, asking for help.
O'Connor fired back with a second letter, which pleaded with Cyrus to take suicide statistics seriously, especially when young fans pay attention to what you have to say. She said, "You’ve said on Matt Lauer’s show ( where you again refer to me as “crazy”) that you don’t understand why I have been upset with you. I find that hard to understand frankly, since you’re clearly very far from being a stupid woman. ... Until you exposed me ( And Amanda Bynes) to abuse on the grounds of my having sought help (extremely coherently) to save my life, when experiencing suicidal compulsion as a side effect of a medication called Tegretol, I had no problem with you whatsoever." Another part of the letter explained that many people contacted her after the Miley comment, urging her to commit suicide.
In an interview with Time
, Sinead spoke of the silver lining of the feud, which was that the issue of mental health was discussed openly. "I think what was more important really that came out of the Miley thing was this issue of being able to conversate about how mental health and human rights is now," she said. "I think she was actually very helpful. I think the two of us, without meaning to, did quite a good job in terms of creating conversation about something really, really important."