An Open Letter To Sinead O’Connor

Sinead O'Connor

Dear Sinead,

No, we’ve never met before – not properly, anyway so I’m going to be as respectful, polite and honest with you as I possibly can be and as I possibly could be with anyone else whom I’m meeting for the first time and I hope I make a good impression.

I read your letter to Miley Cyrus the other day and I found it to be caring, concerned and loaded with a lot of good, practical advice from a person who’s been where Miley is at today. I was especially impressed with your forthrightness and honesty about the state of the music business which, sadly, hasn’t changed all that much since you arrived on the scene (in fact, I daresay it’s gotten much worse).

I write this letter to you today to ask you, respectfully, to cease talking to Miley Cyrus as this is (you might have noticed by now) a losing proposition and a complete waste of time.

You can’t help this girl.

Miley is utterly convinced what she’s doing is right. What’s even worse is that she’s backed by a group of toadying sycophants who tell her constantly that everything she does is just awesome, including the part where she drags up some horrible shit that happened to you two years ago and proceeds to mock you and Amanda Bynes.

Miley doesn’t have any real friends in this game, as you’ve well noticed. They’re going to keep egging her on to do more stupid shit and then get her to top that stupid shit with even more stupider shit and they’ll keep doing this for as long as she’s out there being famous.

You and I both know what’s going to happen the moment she stops being famous and stops selling records.

Miley is using this “feud” between you two to generate controversy, which in turn will generate media hype around her and try to parlay that into selling some records and, no, I don’t think I’m telling you anything you didn’t already know.

You’re right not to want to meet with her. This would just be rewarding bad behavior as she should have come correct the first time by ignoring the peanut gallery and acting like a human being who was just shown, for possibly the first time in her aspiring career apart from Hannah Montana, that someone out there genuinely cares about her and the awful choices she seems to be making.

Bear in mind that this girl once famously declared she was going to ruin Radiohead because they refused to meet with her and prompted the band to issue the following statement:

“When Miley grows up, she’ll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement.”

The sad truth, Sinead – Miley has yet to grow up.

I know you mean well. I know you’re a good person with a big heart that’s in the right place but Miley’s too immature to appreciate what you tried to do for her and as long as she’s got the peanut gallery telling her to bite every hand that tries to feed her this isn’t going to change anytime soon.

Fair play to you for trying but I’m of the opinion it would be best just to accept her initial response as her answer to you and just walk away.

It’s her life, it’s her career – let her destroy it (and herself) however she wants.

In the meantime, Miley, you need to apologize to this woman and when you’re done, continue apologizing.

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