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Sinead to Miley: “Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Prostituted”

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Sinead O’Connor has penned an open letter to Miley Cyrus, stating she’s “extremely concerned” for the “Wrecking Ball” singer and reminding her that the music industry doesn’t “doesn’t give a s–t” about her.

The entertainment industry exploded when the 20-year-old former Hannah Montana star sang and “danced” along side Robin Thicke during his summer hit, “Blurred Lines” at the 2013 MTV VMAs.

Though, it’s pretty safe to say there were no “blurred lines” where viewers’ opinions were concerned: you either loved it or haaaaaaaated it.

Despite the overall negative reaction, lots of folks spoke out in Miley’s defense, reminding the world that adult though she may be, Miley is still a young lady experimenting with life and just trying to find her place in the world.

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Now, O’Connor has shared her thoughts via an open letter, but her timing has less to do with Miley’s VMA performance and more to do with the pop star’s recent announcement that O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” video was the inspiration for “Wrecking Ball.”

Within the letter, O’Connor states:

…you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping.

[The music industry] will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted… and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, ‘they’ will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.

The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks.

What do you think of Sinead’s open letter to Miley? Was she right to address the young star, or should she have stayed out of it? Did she mean well, or just want to be part of the drama?

What would YOU say to Miley? Or Sinead?

Source: Yahoo! TV

Sinead to Miley: “Don’t Allow Yourself to Be Prostituted”

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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