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Sinead Vs. Miley: Mama Tried!

Sinead O’Connor’s somewhat profane open letter to Miley Cyrus telling her to knock off the crap and realize that she’s not empowering herself by acting like a tart actually contains a lot of practical wisdom. Excerpt, sanitized for your protection:

None of the men oggling you give a sh*t about you either, do not be fooled. Many’s the woman mistook lust for love. If they want you sexually that doesn’t mean they give a f*ck about you. All the more true when you unwittingly give the impression you don’t give much of a f*ck about yourself. And when you employ people who give the impression they don’t give much of a f*ck about you either. No one who cares about you could support your being pimped.. and that includes you yourself.

Yes, I’m suggesting you don’t care for yourself. That has to change. You ought be protected as a precious young lady by anyone in your employ and anyone around you, including you. This is a dangerous world. We don’t encourage our daughters to walk around naked in it because it makes them pray [sic] for animals and less than animals (a distressing majority of whom work in the music industry and the associated media).

You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Don’t be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty.. which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.

Well, Mama tried. Miley Cyrus responded with some Tweets basically calling O’Connor a crazy person. So now it’s on! O’Connor hit back. Excerpt:

You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your t*ts out to read.

I’m only sharing this Dreher bait prayer request with you so you’ll know how to intercede for these artists, bless their hearts. Aren’t you glad I keep you updated on the important stuff in our popular culture? You’re welcome.

(By the way, I never imagined I’d ever type these words, but: Sinead O’Connor, as unhinged as she often seems to be, is absolutely right in this case.)

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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