Miley Cyrus has been criticised for allegedly mocking people with mental health issues by posting a series of tweets in response to Sinead O’Connor’s open letter of concern and advice to the pop star.
On Thursday the Nothing Compares 2 U singer posted an open letter to Cyrus on her blog, expressing serious concern over the 20 year-old’s most recent on and offstage actions.
After Miley told Rolling Stone she had based her video for Wrecking Ball on Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead responded on her website.
She wrote: “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...
“I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you...
“They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it’s 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.”
In response Cyrus wrote: “Before Amanda Bynes.... There was....” before posting a series of tweets made by O’Connor two years ago when the singer was suffering mental ill health.
Writing on her Facebook page O’Connor made clear her disgust and indicated that her lawyers will look into the matter.
“Ms Cyrus has today posted tweets of mine which are two years old and which were sent when I was ill and seeking medical help. She has done this in an attempt to deliberately cause me harm and hurt.
“I confirm also that I do not at all support or condone the abuse or mockery of those who have been brave enough to openly discuss mental health issues. Mockery causes deaths. Period. It is an unacceptable form of bullying, no matter who it is doing the bullying.”
Many people have hit back at Cyrus on Twitter, outraged at her comments.
Sarah O’Connor said: “Ordinarily I wouldn’t bother commenting on this but @MileyCyrus was so disrespectful to Sinead O’Connor&mental health-#boycottmileycyrus”.
The Henry Girls said: “Sinead O Connor, we salute u.Miley might not get this right now but 1 day she’ll understand how caring this letter is”.
Will Black said: “Well done Sinead O’Connor for tackling bullying by confronting someone or other called Miley Cyrus”