Miley sure knows how to push people’s buttons.
Let’s recap: On Wednesday, Sinead O’Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus, chastising the young star for her recent behavior. “Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited,” O’Connor wrote to Cyrus, “and 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.”
Cyrus didn’t take too kindly to the critique. She responded to O’Connor Twitter yesterday, comparing the Irish songstress to troubled starlet Amanda Bynes — and including a screengrab of O’Connor’s very public 2012 Twitter meltdown. O’Connor retaliated with another open letter last night, scolding Cyrus for making light of mental illness. Cyrus dismissed O’Connor’s latest letter on Twitter, writing, “Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week. So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)”
All of which brings us to this morning — and the third open letter O’Connor has posted on her Facebook page. Surprise — she’s not thrilled!
“I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you,” O’Connor writes.” She then criticizes Cyrus for “abus[ing]” Amanda Bynes — “an entirely innocent party” — as well as those suffering from mental illness and “every person who suffered abuse at the hands of priests.” Later, O’Connor calls Cyrus’s behavior harassment, then brings in the big guns: ”If you cannot apologize I will have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness.”
Read O’Connor’s full letter below:
“Miley I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you. You had plenty of time yesterday to abuse Amanda Bynes .. an entirely innocent party.. and myself.. who also did nothing to deserve your abuse.. along with every other sufferer of mental health problems and every person who suffered abuse at the hands of priests.
You can take five minutes today between g- string f—in’ changes to publicly apologise and remove your abusive tweets. If you do not then you don’t give a shit who you mock and what damage you do by being so ignorant.
When you publicly apologise to Amanda and myself and all mental health sufferers as well as all who were abused by priests that will end the matter as far as I am concerned.
What you did yesterday was designed to damage me and my career and has caused me enormous distress and harassment and has potential to damage my career, since you deliberately gave the impression those tweets of mine were not two years old but reflect my current condition. If you cannot apologize I will have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness.
I have no interest in or desire to cause you trouble but if you do not apologise for having deliberately tried to cause me hurt and trouble personally and professionally I will have to bring pressure upon you. When you end up in the psych ward or rehab I’ll be happy to visit you.. and would not lower myself to mock you.
Be a proper woman and make the public apologies I have listed above. Your hosting SNL is a bullsh– reason for not taking five minutes to do the right thing and your behaviour yesterday will rebound upon you very badly. You have no business abusing Amanda Bynes or anyone else. How do you think you made her feel yesterday? How do you feel when your friend Britney Spears is mocked and humiliated for having had mental health problems? I know I personally want to bash those who treat her that way. If she is your friend and more importantly if you are a true friend to her.. you ought apologise for joining those who mock and humiliate women who have been too nice frankly, to manage the music business without sensibly losing their minds.
Cease behaving in an anti-female capacity. You will become the victim of it shortly. Soon it will be you the media ‘crazy’ .. and you will not enjoy it.. and you will appreciate people (like myself) standing up for you. Which I will be happy to do.. if you earn my respect today by apologising publicly.”
Cyrus has not yet responded on Twitter, though she retweeted the following message an hour ago:
Your heart knows what's good for you. Let your heart show you the way. –Mulan—
Disney Words (@disneywords) October 04, 2013