Sinead O'Connor Warns 'Pimped' Miley Cyrus
Sinead O'Connor has published an "open letter" to US actress and singer Miley Cyrus accusing her of allowing herself to be "prostituted" by the music industry.
The strongly-worded message responds to claims by Cyrus in Rolling Stone magazine the video for her Wrecking Ball song was designed to be similar to O'Connor's Nothing Compares To You.
Cyrus came in for ridicule after a raunchy "twerking" dance routine at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
On Wednesday she revealed to Britney Spears in MTV documentary Miley: The Movement that she had wanted to perform the act topless, saying: "I tried, but I don't think MTV's going to allow it."
O'Connor writes: "I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way 'cool' to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos.
"It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it's the music business or yourself doing the pimping.
"Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
"You have enough talent that you don't need to let the music business make a prostitute of you. You shouldn't let them make a fool of you either."
O'Connor claims Cyrus does not care for herself and that she needs to be protected from the "dangerous world" that is the music industry.
She also claims Cyrus needs to be empowered to be judged upon her talent rather than her looks; a stance O'Connor claims she always chose in defiance of her record company.
"You also said in Rolling Stone that your look is based on mine," she writes. "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. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age.. which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age."
Last year O'Connor announced she was cancelling her 2012 tour due to her bipolar disorder. The singer wrote on her website that she was"very unwell" after a "very serious breakdown."