For Sinead O'Connor, the pen is truly mightier than the sword.
By now, the singer has written not one, not two, but three open letters to Miley Cyrus, with the latest threatening legal action against the pop star.
Cyrus hasn't been as verbal as O'Connor, but she hasn't been silent, either - it seems the last two open letters were crafted in response to some of Cyrus' tweets.
It all started with O'Connor's initial open letter, which the "Nothing Compares 2 U" singer said was prompted by reporters asking her to comment on Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" video. (In the controversial clip, Cyrus seems to draw inspiration from some of the scenes in the "Nothing Compares 2 U" video, and O'Connor wrote that the press wanted her to respond.)
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While she didn't speak on any similarities between the two clips, O'Connor did express concern for Cyrus, who swings around on a wrecking ball in her own video, sometimes while in the nude.
"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," O'Connor wrote in her first letter. "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."
Cyrus doesn't seem to agree, as she responded to O'Connor via Twitter on Thursday by recalling the singer's past mental health struggles:
To which O'Connor responded in a new open letter:
"Miley … Really? Who the f*** is advising you? Because taking me on is even more f****n’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help. ... 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. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered."
But that wasn't all. Since Cyrus also posted this on Thursday:
"Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance. I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your t*** out to read."
That last comment, one might presume, could very well be directed at Cyrus' recent photo shoot with Terry Richardson. In a few of the images, which can be found on Richardson's website, Cyrus is wearing what appears to be nude underwear, lace tights, and that's it.
While O'Connor seemed to be open to a lengthy dialogue - at one point, anyway - Cyrus has said she just doesn't have the time. She tweeted Thursday evening:
You have to give it to Cyrus - she did predict another letter was on the way.
On Friday, O'Connor posted a third missive, this time on her Facebook page:
“Miley I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you. You had plenty of time yesterday to abuse Amanda Bynes .. an entirely innocent party.. and myself.. who also did nothing to deserve your abuse.. along with every other sufferer of mental health problems and every person who suffered abuse at the hands of priests.
You can take five minutes today between g-string f—in’ changes to publicly apologise and remove your abusive tweets. If you do not then you don’t give a s*** who you mock and what damage you do by being so ignorant.
When you publicly apologise to Amanda and myself and all mental health sufferers as well as all who were abused by priests that will end the matter as far as I am concerned.
What you did yesterday was designed to damage me and my career and has caused me enormous distress and harassment and has potential to damage my career, since you deliberately gave the impression those tweets of mine were not two years old but reflect my current condition. If you cannot apologize I will have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness.
I have no interest in or desire to cause you trouble but if you do not apologise for having deliberately tried to cause me hurt and trouble personally and professionally I will have to bring pressure upon you. When you end up in the psych ward or rehab I’ll be happy to visit you.. and would not lower myself to mock you."
As of the time of this posting, Cyrus hadn't yet responded to O'Connor's third letter.