Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor is no stranger to controversy (she famously tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II while saying, “Fight the real...
Wow. At first, I was wondering if it was a Sinead O'Connor PR stunt to send Miley Cyrus this letter. But it's not.
First, I watched Miley's video. Now, don't get me wrong -- I LOVE ALL THINGS SEXY! I love it when women feel empowered to be sexy and sensual, but there's something to be said about doing so in an authentic and natural manner.
Remember Madonna's Vogue video? Or her Blonde Ambition tour? Yes, it was provocative, but it was sexy well done! The amazing thing about Madonna is that she always tried to push boundaries, but I can't remember a case when it was out of place.
Miley's video is the opposite. It starts off very strong -- for a few seconds until she starts licking the sledgehammer. Was that necessary? There was a judge that said something in the way of "I know porn when I see it." You can say the same about "authentically sexy" and "trying to hard."
I've always been put-off by people who "tried too hard." Work hard, yes, but don't try too hard. Let your natural abilities shine through. If you're sexy, you don't have to do a lot to be sexy.
So, after I watched Miley's video, I then read Sinead's letter. Now, I think whether or not the letter was a PR stunt, Sinead makes a strong case. Miley is talented, and she doesn't need inauthentic sexy videos. I hope Miley heeds Sinead's advice. And my advice is this: make great music and be sexy without trying too too hard. You really can do it!