Lots of keen eyed cultural observers had already noted the stylistic similarities between the videos for Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and Sinead O'Connor's cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" before Cyrus' copped to her style debt to the Irish singer in the outakes to her current Rolling Stone cover story.
Now the 47 year old Irish formerly controverisal singer has given the pop culture wild child of the moment a talking to in "An Open Letter to Miley Cyrus," which she posted on her website (which is now crashed due to too many vistors, no doubt).
Many bluenoses tut-tutting Cyrus penchant for nakedness, twerking and tongue wagging have been accused of being "slut shamers." O'Connor takes a more concerned voice-of-experience approach, telling Cyrus to "respect your talent" and warning her against exploitation.
"I am extremely concerned for you," O'Connor writes. "You will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping. ... the message you keep sending is that it somehow cool to be prostituted ... It's so not cool Miley, it's dangerous."
Cyrus responded petulantly today by posting a photo on Twitter of O'Connor tearing up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live in 1992, and comparing her to melting-down actress Amanda Bynes. Nice.
UPDATE: There's now another 'Open Letter' on the subject, this one sympathetic to Miley and respectful of Sinead, by Amanda Palmer. Read it here.
Cyrus' Bangerz come out on Tuesday, and is currently streaming on iTunes. The "Wrecking Ball" video is below, and "Nothing Compares 2 U" is beneath that.