"Ms Cyrus has today posted tweets of mine, which are two years old and which were sent when I was ill and seeking medical help. She has done this in an attempt to deliberately cause me harm and hurt," wrote O'Connor. "I wish to confirm that I am quite well and kindly request people cease e-mailing me in the mistaken belief these are recent tweets."
"Ms Cyrus' lawyers will be contacted by mine regarding this matter. I confirm also that I do not at all support or condone the abuse or mockery of those who have been brave enough to openly discuss mental health issues. Mockery causes deaths. Period. It is an unacceptable form of bullying, no matter who it is doing the bullying."
Cyrus responded on Twitter: "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week," she wrote. "So if you'd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)"
And that's when O'Connor lost it, whatever "it" is. In her third open letter, posted this morning, O'Connor completely goes on the offensive. It's too long to post in its entirety — you can read the whole thing here — but here's the gist:
"Miley, 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 fu**in' changes to publicly apologise and remove your abusive tweets. If you do not then you don't give a sh** who you mock and what damage you do by being so ignorant."
"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."
"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."
"Your hosting SNL is a bulls**t 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."
"Cease behaving in an anti-female capacity. You will become the victim of it shortly."
We'll continue updating as this unravels.
Originally published October 3: We're not the first to say that nothing compares to Sinéad O'Connor. And we're okay with that, because it bears repeating. When Miley "Destiny Hope" Cyrus told Rolling Stone this month that the Irish firebrand is one of her biggest influences, some of us did a bona fide spit-take. This is what she said: “[The ‘Wrecking Ball’ video] is like Sinead O’Connor’s video but, like, the most modern version,” Cyrus told the magazine. “I wanted it to be tough but really pretty. That’s what Sinead did with her hair and everything.” Cue the collective eyeball twitch.
O'Connor wasn't amused by this shout-out, either. In an open letter published to her site, O'Connor wrote (sic throughout): "You...said in Rolling Stone that your look is based on mine. 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." As for her legion of managers, stylists, and everyone else in the industry who has helped Cyrus cultivate her "bad-girl" image? "The music business doesn’t give a sh** about you, or any of us," she continued. "They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted."
She goes on, taking Cyrus to task for setting a bad example for her female audience. "Whether we like it or not, us females in the industry are role models and as such we have to be extremely careful what messages we send to other women," she wrote. "The message you keep sending is that it’s somehow cool to be prostituted.. it’s so not cool Miley.. it’s dangerous. Women are to be valued for so much more than their sexuality. We aren’t merely objects of desire. I would be encouraging you to send healthier messages to your peers.. that they and you are worth more than what is currently going on in your career. Kindly fire any motherf**er who hasn’t expressed alarm, because they don’t care about you.”
Strong words, indeed. Cyrus, in return, posted a screenshot of a series of O'Connor's tweets — which turned out to be from a fake account — in which it appeared that the singer was asking for help finding a psychiatrist. (She was hospitalized for depression in January of last year.) Cyrus subtitled it "Before Amanda Bynes." This was followed by another tweet with a screenshot of O'Connor's famous Saturday Night Live appearance, in which the singer tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II. (The Guardian)