Social media has never been so central to cataclysmic events in people’s lives, and last night a third an event unfolded over Facebook and Twitter that escalated with each click of the refresh button.
In the celebrity world, Sinead O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus was met with bitter retorts from the 20-year-old singer.
O’Connor, an iconic veteran of the music industry published a plea to Cyrus in amiable attempts to advise her of the dangers of her current path: “Don’t let the business make a prostitute of you.” O’Connor begins her letter with the statement “…this is what I needed to say…and it is said with motherliness and with love.”
However, her efforts were met with the release of tweets posted by Sinead O’Connor in 2011. These tweets according to O’Connor “were sent when I was ill and seeking medical help. She has done this in an attempt to deliberately cause me harm and hurt”.
Furthermore, O’Connor stated that civil action would be taken in regards to Cyrus’ actions.
The interaction between the two singers began when Miley Cyrus was quoted in Rolling Stone having used Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ video as a reference for her controversial video ‘Wrecking Ball’.
Upon being asked of her thoughts concerning Cyrus’ risqué homage, O’Connor released the plea.
Her reaction is interesting considering the concerned and maternal nature of Sinead O’Connor’s letter. Cyrus actions appear to express that mental illness is a means of insult.
Before Amanda Bynes.... There was.... pic.twitter.com/6JZPVnunPc— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
She appears to try and “shame” those suffering or who have suffered from mental illness, including those who have had the courage to seek help. It is expected that the backlash of these events will be focused on Cyrus’ use of mental illness as an insult in addition to the increasingly provocative nature of her public appearances.
O’Connor's final statement released at around midnight via Facebook stated that “Mockery causes deaths. Period. It is an unacceptable form of bullying, no matter who it is doing the bullying.”
As time goes on, hopefully Cyrus will have released an official statement or perhaps an apology to O’Connor and to the people she has insulted.