Recently, Miley Cyrus has been making all kinds of news. It began with her weird VMA stunts, which were criticized for being racist (and ridiculous). Her Wrecking Ball video was equally uproarious and people everywhere felt the need to weigh in. Sinead O’Connor was one of those people.
She wrote an open letter to Cyrus, stating that she felt it was sad that a teen icon would be signalling to young women that it is ‘okay to prostitute’ themselves. While that may be a bit of a stretch of the truth, and Cyrus’ behaviour arguably does nothing of the sort, O’Connor’s motherly tone conveyed the idea that her heart was in the right place.
Cyrus spat back that she didn’t have time to respond because she was too busy hosting TV shows and performing. She also posted a screenshot of O’Connor’s Twitter posts, suggesting that she was crazy and, therefore, not worth listening to.
O’Connor became more cutting in her critique (understandably) and told Cyrus she would be there when the young singer ended up in rehab or a psych ward.
Somewhere amongst the angst, Amanda Palmer also added her two cents in an open letter to O’Connor, defending Cyrus’ choice of representation and suggesting that Cyrus had control over her label, and not the other way around.
The whole sorry affair can be found on the SMH website. The entire situation arguable came about through women’s concern for or judgement of one another in music and dance. Is this a problem? Is this an instance of internalized misogyny? Should it ever have happened?