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The Miley Cyrus and Sinead O'Connor social media feud

Posted by Kristi Palma  October 4, 2013 08:49 AM

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Have you been following the Miley Cyrus and Sinead O'Connor social media feud this week?

If not, let's get you up to speed.

Miley Cyrus, 20, told Rolling Stone that her "Wrecking Ball" video (the one where she's licking sledgehammers and swinging naked on a wrecking ball) was inspired by Sinead O'Conner's iconic music video for "Nothing Compares 2 U."

When reporters started trying to contact the 46-year-old O'Connor for her comment, it prompted O'Connor to write an open letter to Cyrus "in the spirit of motherliness and with love."

From O'Connor's letter:

The music business doesn’t give a sh– about you, or any of us. They 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.

Cyrus' response? She posted tweets from O'Connor's Twitter account two years ago, during a time when, as O'Connor puts it, she "was ill and seeking medical help."

Which sparked another open letter from O'Connor on Facebook, which includes the following:

I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated. Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers.

And Cyrus' response on Twitter:

And this:

O'Connor posted again on Facebook, writing:

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. 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.

What do you think of the feud?

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