The video for Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball
" also contained some very tight shots of the singer's face, and also a tear, which Cyrus claimed was shed for her recently departed dog. Speaking with Rolling Stone
, Cyrus said, "It's like the Sinead O'Connor video, but, like, the most modern version."
This quote, which didn't even make the magazine (it was posted on the web), set in motion a feud between the singers, with O'Connor publishing what she called an "open letter" on her website, warning Cyrus about the dangers of her career path. Cyrus responded with a Tweet that simply said "Before Amanda Bynes.... There was....", a reference to O'Connor's past mental health issues.
The confrontation illuminated some of the strange parallels between the singers:
- Both shaved their heads. Sinead did it so she couldn't be marketed for her looks; Miley so she could establish her style and blend in.
- Cyrus was a favorite on Saturday Night Live
, and hosted the show the week after the feud. O'Connor was banned from the show after her first appearance.
- Their tearful songs were their first #1 hits, but both were written by others. O'Connor's song was written by Prince, Cyrus' by a team of five professional writer/producers.