So, it appears that a cyber brawl has broken out between Ms Cyrus and Ms O’Connor. It apparently started here:
where Ms O’Connor offered some unsolicited, but genuine advice to Ms Cyrus. One quote from Ms O’Connor’s letter reminded me of a recent blog I wrote regarding young women believing the only value they have is their body. Ms. O’Connor states, “You are worth more than your body or your sexual appeal. The world of showbiz doesn’t see things that way, they like things to be seen the other way, whether they are magazines who want you on their cover, or whatever.. Don’t be under any illusions.. ALL of them want you because they’re making money off your youth and your beauty.. which they could not do except for the fact your youth makes you blind to the evils of show business. If you have an innocent heart you can’t recognise those who do not.”
Miley’s response is as follows:
“Before Amanda Bynes…. There was….” before displaying a screengrab of what appeared to be O’Connor’s Twitter account (Handle: @vampyahslayah) which showed O’Connor asking for help. “does any1 know a psychiatrist in Dublin or wicklow who could urgently see my today please?” the screengrab reads. “Im really un-well…and in danger….i desperately need to get back on meds today,” the tweets read.
As a mental health professional I was horrorfied that Ms. Cyrus appeared so insensitive to the plight of another human being. It is not funny to mock or bully another human being especially as they are seeking help.
As a woman I am disappointed at watching the industry use and manipulate Ms Cyrus and use her to further the idea that a woman’s only value is her body. Today I read a young woman who was upset at the idea that Ms Cyrus was being “slut-shamed”. Really? We now live in a society where girls are expected to develop and mature and faster and faster rates and we don’t dare call a duck a duck because it might hurt the duck’s feelings?
I’m sorry, but GIRLS, you are worth more than that. You are of more value than just your vagina. You do not have to bare your body of give a piece of your most precious self in order to be accepted because, truth be told, if you have to give up yourself to be accepted, it isn’t really acceptance. You are worth more than that. I’m sorry that the film and music industry would have you believe otherwise.