Miley Cyrus appeared on the “The Today Show” with Matt Lauer on Monday morning following her successful “Saturday Night Live” hosting role on Saturday. The “Wrecking Ball” singer spoke about her online spat with Sinead O’Connor and insisted she’s still a big fan of the Irish singer following the controversial open letter and Twitter feud.
Last week O’Connor posted an open letter to Cyrus saying, “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.”
Cyrus then took to Twitter and quoted tweets posted by O’Connor some time ago and also referred to the singer's bipolar disorder.
Speaking to Matt Lauer Cyrus said of O’Connor, “I think she's an incredible artist. I think she's an awesome songwriter and I was really inspired by her for my 'Wrecking Ball' video, which is what started the whole thing.
"I don't know how someone can start a fight with somebody that's saying: 'Hey I really respect you. And I really love what you did'.
"'You know what? You suck and I don't like you.'
"That was kind of crazy, but like I said, I'm a big fan of hers, so it doesn't really matter."
She added, “I get open letters every day so it's nothing too new for me.”
The former Eurythmics singer, Annie Lennox, resorted to social media to voice her opinion on the risqué performances of stars such as Miley Cyrus and Rihanna. Writing on her Facebook page she said, “I'm disturbed and dismayed by the recent spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos.
"You know the ones I'm talking about. It seems obvious that certain record companies are peddling highly styled pornography with musical accompaniment.
"As if the tidal wave of sexualised imagery wasn't already bombarding impressionable young girls enough."
She continued saying the market forces "don't give a toss" about boundaries.
"As long as there's booty to make money out of, it will be bought and sold," she wrote. "It's depressing to see how these performers are so eager to push this new level of low.
"Their assumption seems to be that misogyny - utilised and displayed through oneself is totally fine, as long as you are the one creating it. As if it's all justified by how many millions of dollars and U tube hits you get from behaving like pimp and prostitute at the same time. It's a glorified and monetized form of self harm. [SIC]"
Cher (67) also recently criticised Cyrus's video for her latest single “Wrecking Ball."
She said, "I thought she really needed to go back and rethink it. I just didn't think it was up to the standards that I would have liked to see professionally."
Here’s Miley Cyrus “Today” show interview with Matt Lauer: