Miley Cyrus Feud: Sinead O'Connor Demands Apology, Threatens Legal Action
"Have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness?" the singer writes in a second open letter to the pop star.
Sinead O'Connor has reacted forcefully to online taunting by Miley Cyrus in the wake of her impassioned letter to the singer, demanding an apology and threatening legal action for potentially damaging her career.
Following O'Connor's much-discussed open letter, in which she warned the young singer of allowing herself "to be pimped" by the music business, Cyrus responded by mocking O'Connor's mental health issues of two years ago via screengrabs on Twitter. "Before there was Amanda Bynes," Cyrus wrote of the actress who has also battled mental health issues.
Hours later, O'Connor penned a second letter slamming Cyrus for posting the 2-year-old tweets when "I was unwell and seeking help" in a way that made them appear recent. She called Cyrus out for specifically referencing the troubled Bynes.
"I mean really really… who advises you?" she asks incredulously. "Have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? 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."
O'Connor goes on to call Cyrus' flippant attitude "dangerous and irresponsible" and a bad example to young women. "Have you no sense of danger at all? Or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers," she warns. "Mockery causes deaths. Period. It is an unacceptable form of bullying, no matter who it is doing the bullying."
In another response to the controversy on Twitter, Cyrus answers an offer to a meeting that O'Connor made in her initial letter. "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL this week. So if you'd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter."
Cyrus' note inspired a forceful third letter from O'Connor, posted again to her website. In it, O'Connor doubles down in her defense of Bynes ("an entirely innocent party … who did nothing to deserve your abuse").
"You can take five minutes today between g-string f---in' changes to publicly apologize and remove your abusive tweets," she writes. "If you do not then you don’t give a shit who you mock and what damage you do by being so ignorant."
O'Connor reiterates that if Cyrus does not apologize, she will bring about legal proceedings "since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness."
She promises that "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."
In closing, O'Connor asks Cyrus to consider the feelings of others who have been the target of mockery in the past, including her friend Britney Spears.
"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 [sic] for joining those who mock and humiliate women who have been too nice frankly, to manage the music business without sensibly losing their minds."
O'Connor's first letter, which laments Cyrus' image as a twerking, sledgehammer-licking provocateur, has since inspire another letter, this time from former Dresden Dolls singer Amanda Palmer. In her defense of Cyrus, Palmer says "let's give our young women the right weapons to fight with as they charge naked into battle, instead of ordering them to get back in the house and put some goddamn clothes on."
Read O'Connor's second and third letters below.
Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.
I mean really really… who advises you? have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? 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.
I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated. Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered.
It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you. And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.
Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance. I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your tits out to read.
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 fuckin’ 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 bullshit 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.