Sinéad O’Connor Pens A 4th Open Letter To Miley Cyrus

"Since I do not have any address at which to write to you ..."

It would appear that Sinéad O’Connor A.) clearly has a lot to say to Miley Cyrus and B.) doesn’t know when to quit beating a dead horse because last night she published a 4th open letter to Miley in response to comments the young popstar made about her back and forth with O’Connor during her appearance on The Today Show yesterday morning. As you may recall, Sinéad wrote what I believe to be a heartfelt open letter of concern to Miley last week and was met with ridicule and name-calling in response. O’Connor then decided to pen a second and third open letter to Miley in retort. After Miley made new comments yesterday on The Today Show (which, IMHO, weren’t terrible comments tbh), Sinéad was CLEARLY inspired to write a 4th EXTREMELY LONG open letter in response. I mean … it’s long, y’all. If you’re still interested (and believe me, I’d completely understand if you weren’t), you can read the full text of this 4th open letter from Sinéad to Miley below.

Dear Miley

Since I do not have any address at which to write to you I do so on my site. Since I have three children at home to take care of, I do not have time to come to meet you.
If you wish you can e mail me directly at Iamwonderful@me.com
You’ve said on Matt Lauer’s show ( where you again refer to me as “crazy”) that you don’t understand why I have been upset with you. I find that hard to understand frankly, since you’re clearly very far from being a stupid woman.
My problem with you stems from your response to my first letter. Until you exposed me ( And Amanda Bynes) to abuse on the grounds of my having sought help (extremely coherently) to save my life, when experiencing suicidal compulsion as a side effect of a medication called Tegretol, I had no problem with you whatsoever.
I hope that clarifies the confusion you expressed on Matt’s show, where you conveniently forgot how it got from someone sending you what was intended as a caring message to that same someone being extremely upset with you.. And then went on to repeat the very action which caused that upset.
I would very much like you please to apologise to myself and Amanda Bynes for having perpetuated abuse of both of us on the grounds that Amanda has had ‘mental health issues’ and that I experienced suicidal compulsion and was open about seeking help in order to save my life.
This should also involve an apology to all sufferers of mental health difficulties and all those who have had experience of suicidal feelings or who have been affected by suicide.
I’m not sure if you are aware that in your own country 7 out of every 100,000 people between the ages of 15 and 19 commit suicide every year. The third highest cause of death for those in that age range (this is the age range you stated on Matt’s show “most of” your fans are) or that on average one person in your country dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes.
You’ve acknowledged most of your fans are “very young”. You might therefore consider being careful regarding what signals you send those of them who may be feeling suicidal and would now be afraid to say so.
In your country suicide is the second highest cause of death amongst 25-34 yr olds.
A lot of these deaths would not take place if it were not the case that stigmatisation and bullying and buffooning of those perceived mistakenly or otherwise to have mental health issues, especially when they seek help, creates silence and causes many not to seek help.
Bullying of those perceived mistakenly or otherwise to be mentally ill causes deaths. Period. As does bullying of those who express that they are feeling suicidal and seek help.
You may have noticed that in your country it is the fashion to lynch young famous ladies in the streets because they have been diagnosed crazy by media and or celebrities. This is an unacceptable breach of human rights. And at some point the media may attempt it upon you. If so they will certainly have to deal with me.
Look Miley, what you did to myself and Amanda encouraged enormous abuse of us both, publicly and privately. And will certainly have made it difficult for young people who admire you and who may be suffering with mental health problems or suicidal ideation to feel they can be open and seek help, since you had us mocked for seeking help.
It is imperative that all suicidal people seek help. Whether they do so on twitter or anywhere else is beside the point. People must save their lives by any means necessary which do not involve hurting anyone. It is extremely dangerous to vilify those who are brave enough to seek help, as I did. Or to support in any way the public lynching of so called ‘mad’ people.
Young people are being buried in their droves, having died by suicides brought about by bulling of the type you perhaps unwittingly subjected myself and Amanda to. The type of media bullying which resulted from what you did causes suicides. And perpetuates the idea that those deemed by the media to be crazy are fit for nothing but to be mocked and insulted. This causes deaths. Period.
As a result of what you did I have had numerous communications from people urging me to commit suicide. Not to mention I have been the subject of literally thousands of abusive articles and or comments left after articles, which state that I and therefore all perceived mentally ill people, should be bullied and be invalidated.
Luckily I am a strong person. And I have four children whose lives would be destroyed if I were to buckle under the abuse you set me up for.. If I were not, and or I did not have four children, these types of communications and these types of articles and remarks could have had their desired effect.
I might add my children have been extremely upset by the nature of media attitudes toward their mother on the grounds their mother is (falsely) believed to be mentally ill.
Certainly there are people out there tonight who will choose to take their lives rather than admit they need help, because when people ask for help, the media and celebrities like yourself mock them. I am sure you cannot have understood this when you did what you did.
People of your own age in particular are vulnerable the world over. It is therefore KEY that you apologise for stigmatising mental illness and in particular for stigmatising those who are brave enough to seek help. It would be much more helpful for you to encourage young people to seek help and not be ashamed or afraid to do so.
That way, if you yourself are ever pushed to the brink of wanting to die because of show business’ effects upon you, you will be less likely to be the subject of the type of lynchings you’ve seen Britney and Amanda have to deal with, or which school kids the world over are dealing with every day.
Also I would appreciate you stating publicly that the tweets of mine you posted (wherein I sought a psychiatrist from outside Ireland so as to save my life) were in fact two years old and do not reflect my current medical condition. This is because it is extremely hard to get employment when people think one is in mid-breakdown.
I have many e mails which I can send you which will show you the effects of what you did and prove all the points I am making here as to the effects of what you did, both personally and professionally.
If you like, my children can also let you have their own personal statements as to how they feel about what they have seen done to their mother.
No person, myself included, should wake to the types of e mails and communications I have had for the last few days urging that I should kill myself, nor to the type of ‘net abuse’ I have had to endure as a result of what you did.
Neither should I now have to have management write to half the show business world to explain my tweets were two years old and that in fact I am very fit for work.
I have four children to support. I can’t do that if people believe me to be unemployable.
I doubt you thought clearly before doing what you did and I’m willing to give you the benefit of doubt on that, as I’d find it hard to believe someone so young could be that calculatedly evil to anyone, never mind someone who did absolutely nothing to deserve such abuse, or to be set up for such abuse from others.
It would be extremely beneficial for yourself, Amanda and myself and millions of sufferers of mental health issues, that you apologise unconditionally and withdraw your remarks. And make clear that my tweets were two years old.
I have no interest in the ‘feud’ which media want. There is no ‘feud’ as far as I am concerned. What there is however.. Is a lot of very serious harm caused to myself and my children and probably to Amanda, and DEFINATELY to silent sufferers of your own age who may look up to you.
It’s really about dignity Miley. All people who have suffered are entitled to dignity and stigmatisation is now a human rights issue.
So.. I’m not ‘feuding’ or fighting with you. But I am asking that you restore dignity to myself and Amanda and all sufferers. in doing so you will restore dignity on this matter to yourself. To leave people you have hurt so badly with no apology is unacceptable.
You may disagree with what I advised you in my first letter.. That is your entitlement. However the letter was written in a spirit of motherly care. You’re entitled to have told me to go fuck myself if u liked.. But to respond to it in a way that has caused so much personal harm and damage to me and to people who may struggle currently with suicidal feelings.. And to abuse Amanda Bynes .. is beyond my understanding, as is your refusal so far to apologise, along with your further calling me “crazy” today.
You’re entitled to disagree with people. But you’re not entitled to incite abuse of those perceived to be mentally ill.
I find it hard to imagine you to be an entirely uncaring girl, so I hope you will prove me right by doing all I have asked you here.
Finally I repeat .. When it’s you the media crazy.. I’ll be happy to punch their lights out for you.. Which is what they deserve. They’ve gotten away with abuse of the mentally ill for too long. This IS a human rights issue.
If the type of language used in the last week about myself and Amanda ( an innocent party) had been used about those with physical illnesses, or about gay people, or about people of different races, or those with disabilities, there would rightly be outrage. Yet there is no outrage on behalf of sufferers of mental illness or depression.
Please do the right thing. You will actually save lives by doing so. There are people who will NOT die tonight, if you are brave enough to state that there is nothing whatsoever wrong with any person seeking publicly or privately, help, in order to stay alive. And that there are no circumstances under which it is acceptable for anyone to use mental illness as a stick with which to beat people.

Sinead.

While I honestly believe Sinéad‘s heart was in the right place initially, I think she’s taken things too far at this point. Sinéad, seriously, give it up … Miley DOES NOT CARE what you have to say. It really sounds like Sinéad honestly believes that Miley is taking her letters seriously. I have a good feeling that she is not taking her words seriously at all. Had she not been asked about the letters by Matt Lauer, I’m certain she wouldn’t have even thought to mention O’Connor‘s name. That Sinéad keeps “talking” to someone who isn’t even listening doesn’t really make her look good. She’s had her say (and how) on numerous occasions … I think it’s time that Sinéad just lets things go. You tried, good for you … let it go. I honestly hope that Miley doesn’t respond at all, for Sinéad‘s sake. If Miley lets it go first, hopefully Sinéad will, too.

Please gods. Make them let it go.

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  1. Paul

    That was pretty exciting. I can’t wait for Sinéad O’Connor to write open letters #5 and #6.

  2. I really don’t understand why Miley hasn’t apologized for making fun of mental illness. I think that perhaps somewhere in Sinead’s letters 2-3 the credibility of the message got lost. This letter is very calm in tone but sadly it looks like Miley hasn’t got the balls or the humility to apologize for making fun of an epidemic of mental illness which is really too bad.

    • Karen

      I agree with you.

      And I read that she congratulated herself to Matt Lauer about what a good person she is and how well she treats people.

      I didn’t care about her one way or another until all of this. Now I find her to be revolting.

      Regardless of her feelings about anything else, she should apologize for mocking people with mental illnesses. She should have done this already.

  3. OG Emily

    She makes good points and she’s a lot calmer in this letter … But ….no, just no. While she is talking to Miley, I think this is an open letter to the world telling us to lighten up on Sinead and know she is perfectly fit for work. Message received Sinead. Miley is still irresponsible, you’re fit to work. Now put the pen DOWN.

  4. cutitout

    I honestly don’t think that Miley ever actually made fun of Sinead, suicide, or Amanda, She just pointed out the correlations between two folks in the media with questionable mental situations sort of publically lashing out at other celebrities. It was not necessary to yank A. Bynes into it but in Sinead’s case, it was fair game because Sinead put her mental business and instability out there for the world to see and her deciding to put out an “Open Letter” making accusations and assumptions about Miley, her motives, and choices. Basically Miley was saying “Consider the source”

    Sinead brought this on her self. The more she keeps pushing the worse she comes off as. Its pretty clear that Miley has done her homework, she’s getting the exact reaction she thought she would get/ wanted, and its weird that people in the media continue to roll right into her trap.

    • “it was fair game because Sinead put her mental business and instability out there for the world”

      So if I were to talk about my mental business publicly, I should just be ok when people start mocking me or belittling me ? Should I just keep on hiding under that lovely rock, then ?

    • cutitout

      I said I did not feel that Miley was mocking Sinead. But I do think that if a person is mentally unstable, schizophrenic or suffers from multiple personalities, that should factor in as to how to take whatever it is that they say…

  5. I actually think Sinead is making really good points in this letter. The stigmatization of mental illness is a huge problem. When people who are in serious trouble are afraid to seek help because they are mocked or disbelieved, that is a huge problem. When people are abusive towards those with mental illnesses, mocking them or telling them to go kill themselves etc, that is a HUGE problem.

    That said, she’s not doing herself or the cause any favours by continuing to address these letters to Miley Cyrus. She obviously has a lot of really valuable things to say on these issues, but she needs to find a way to do it without talking directly to (or about) Miley. Because then it just feels like beating a dead horse – like you said, Trent – instead of getting an actual productive conversation going about these really important issues.

  6. helen

    It’s been 7 hours and 15 days…. Since I got tired of Miley being Miley and Sinead being Sinead. Both of you, please just drop it.

  7. Nathan

    Oh I cannot wait for Miley’s response to this…

  8. Donny

    It’s a good letter and while it does address Sinead’s concern for herself, her children and her employment, it’s mostly about the mocking of those suffering from mental illness. As usual, Trent, I disagree with you. I’m sure Sinead is perfectly aware that Miley is unlikely to read her entire 4th letter but she’s smart enough to know a lot of people will… and that it will get back to Miley or way or another. Why should she shut up now? She has the fame and platform to bring attention to an issue that needs addressing on so many levels. Considering you’re a huge fan of Britney, I’m surprised you want to stifle Sinead’s concern. I love how she’s making Miley look like the childish idiot she is. It’s a lesson she needs to learn and, perhaps, if she stops mocking Sinead and calling her “crazy” then Sinead will stop writing.

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