Miley Cyrus can’t keep her big mouth shut. Maybe it’s why her tongue keeps lolling out for all the world to see and be repulsed at as she tries to cultivate as shocking an image as possible. She is once again spitting verbal abuse at Irish singer Sinead O’Connor, famous for her huge hit, “Nothing Compares 2U” from the 1990’s. It’s been a back and forth wild ride between the two singers, but just when Sinead seemed to call it quits, Miley revived the war on The Today Show with Matt Laurer. She once again called Sinead crazy.
Crazy. It’s such a big, powerful word. It’s also a song from the legendary pop and country diva, Patsy Cline. Crazy is one of those words we all use all the time. It was a crazy day! I had a crazy time! That movie was crazy! Look at that guy, he’s crazy! Ah. That last one? Therein lies the problem with Sinead and Miley. Suddenly, a person has been lumped in with all that other ‘crazy’ stuff.
But Miley isn’t only verbally abusing Sinead, she’s using sweeping generalizations about the psychology of the mentally ill and those who suffer from any affliction which impairs their judgement – even temporarily. She has basically given all those who so casually throw around the term ‘crazy’ a freer more comfortable license to use it haphazardly. And by using it so clumsily, and when it’s directed at such a public person like Sinead O’Connor, all the world starts to wonder if it’s true. What’s especially troubling is the youth factor. The very people who look up to Miley Cyrus may now wonder if what she says about Sinead is true. Even perhaps more troubling, they may now direct the term crazy at more people – most likely their peers, usually other kids.
Sinead is asking Miley to stop and to apologize to herself and Amanda Bynes – plus a general apology to all who suffer mental illness. If Sinead had cancer or diabetes – as Tom Hanks recently revealed – it’s a sure bet Miley wouldn’t have said a word about those conditions. If Sinead or Amanda Bynes needed a wheelchair to move about or had prosthetic limbs, it’s a safe bet she wouldn’t have mocked or bashed the two stars.
I’m trying to stay impartial, but hey, honestly, I think Miley is way out of line. There. Impartiality dissipated. I think right now it’s still at a manageable level, but if Miley keeps ignoring Sinead, it could escalate into say a Paula Dean kind of fiasco. Not a worthy comparison? Perhaps, but the fact remains a prominent celebrity has said a hurtful thing about someone and now it’s gone public. It’s not racial or ethnic, but this slur can hurt just as much and in Sinead’s case, it can damage credibility and professional reputation – and nobody needs such baggage, least of all as public a performer as a pop and rock singer.
Because I care and feel Sinead is basically in the right – here are things she can throw Miley’s way. All of them are true and kinda embarrassing – to Miley’s mindset anyway.
Call her Hannah Montana . Nothing wrong with that? Agreed. Why did she say Hannah was murdered on SNL? She’s ashamed of the character/show that gave her a career and millions of dollars? Talk about some ‘crazy’ self hatred. She wants to get away from it, but she never really will.
Call her Disney Diva. Yeah, Disney is the place that gave Ms. Cyrus everything she has now. Nothing wrong with that of course, but if she’s hateful to Ms. Montana, I guess she hates Disney too.
Call her Plastic Pop Princess. She’s the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus, her godmother is Dolly Parton, her mother is an entertainment manager, MTV basically ‘created’ her image for that awards show performance and Disney literally trained her for years. She may be talented, and can sing, but she’s basically a plastic pop princess – someone nurtured and coiffed for years with all the right industry connections. There are tons of girls who are far more attractive with better voices who shall never get the chance she was given.
Miley Cyrus is 20 years old. She is a girl. In many ways, and legal ones, she’s not even a woman yet. Instead of taking the advice of Sinead O’Connor or Annie Lennox, she dismisses them as ‘crazy’ or, as she told Matt Laurer, those over 40 aren’t sexual any more. Therefore by implication I guess this means those over 40 aren’t just as important or whatever. Maybe it just boils down to what’s more interesting. A feud – like saying Hannah Montana was murdered or that the over 40 set don’t make love – is more interesting and titillating than being nice and getting along with people. If that’s the case, Miley’s career will be one long, drawn out mini controversy after another. After the album sales vanish and she’s over 40 herself, there won’t be much left but a faded memory of what could have been.