Miley Cyrus has received some unsolicited advice from '90s-era pop superstar Sinead O'Connor, who like the "Hannah Montana" alum, is also known for her own shaved hairstyle and also stirred controversy due to on-air antics.
O'Connor, the 46-year-old Irish singer of the 1990 hit "Nothing Compares To U," famously tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II while singing the word "evil" during an acapella performance of Bob Marley's "War" on "Saturday Night Live" in 1992.
Cyrus, now 20 and the former star of the Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana," has been criticized for her racy performances, not politics -- she spurred FCC complaints due to a sexually-explicit MTV VMA performance and has also raised eyebrows over a half-nude music video, "Wrecking Ball."
O'Connor this week posted an "open letter" to Cyrus on her website (which has since crashed due to traffic - see archived version), saying that she had been "dodging calls" from newspaper reporters who wanted to know what she had to say about Cyrus' recent comments in a Rolling Stone cover story, in which she said that "Wrecking Ball" is "like" "Nothing Compares 2 U" "but, like, the most modern version."
"[This] is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love," O'Connor wrote. "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."
"The music business doesn't give a [expletive] about you, or any of us," she addd. "They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted."
Cyrus has said that people should pay attention to the emotion she shows in the "Wrecking Ball" song and video, which was released just before it was announced she and actor Liam Hemsworth had called off their engagement
Cyrus' post-"Hannah Montana" transformation included a hairstyle change -- in 2012, shaved part of her hair and had it dyed platinum blonde. Cyrus told Rolling Stone: "I wanted [the 'Wrecking Ball' video] to be tough but really pretty -- that's what Sinead did with her hair and everything."
"The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done," O'Connor said in her letter. "I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks."
"You have enough talent that you don't need to let the music business make a prostitute of you," she said. "You shouldn't let them make a fool of you either ... They're there for the money.. we're there for the music. It has always been that way and it will always be that way. The sooner a young lady gets to know that, the sooner she can be REALLY in control."
O'Connor said that Cyrus' records are "good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana."
"She's waaaaaaay gone by now," she said. "Not because you got naked but because you make great records. 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. The message you keep sending is that its somehow cool to be prostituted.. its so not cool Miley.. its dangerous."
Cyrus said in comments made in the MTV documentary "Miley: The Movement," which aired on Wednesday, Oct. 2, that her VMAs performance was "obviously funny" and a "strategic hot mess," adding: "If I really want to come out and do, like, a raunchy sex show, I wouldn't have been dressed like a damn bear."
"I'm just smiling, having fun, loving life," she added.