Sinead O’Connor has a lot of negative things to say about pop music these days. The Irish singer, who has been in the news lately due to an odd public feud with Miley Cyrus, has now attacked Simon Cowell, executive producer and judge on shows like “The X Factor” and “American Idol.”
Speaking on the Irish talk show, “The Late Late Show,” O’Connor told host Ryan Tubridy that the music industry was responsible for its art being in a bad state. “I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll, which has happened because of the industry,” she said on the program. “Because of Simon Cowell, [British ‘X Factor’ judge] Louis Walsh — they’ve murdered music. I stand to say it on behalf of every musician in the world, and they’ll agree with me.”
The oft-controversial singer went on to talk about how money was at the root of the problem. “The industry has taken over so much, the money-making side of it, the sexualising of extremely young people making records, and all the worship with money and bling and diamonds,” O’Connor explained. “It all amounts to the murder of music and that’s what concerns me.”
All of this easily related to O’Connor’s feud with Cyrus. It turns out that Sinead doesn’t really blame Miley for any of her criticisms.
“I’m not dismissing the records, they are great records. Miley’s records are great records. What I feel is that the industry of music does exploit people who are possibly a little too young to know what they are doing,” she said, adding: “I’m asking whether it’s appropriate for 20-year-old women to lick sledgehammers for videos in songs which have no lyrical reference to any such thing in them. It’s an exploitation of someone too young to understand the dangers.”
This controversy began when O’Connor posted an open letter to her website, addressing Cyrus’ claim that her “Wrecking Ball” video was inspired by “Nothing Compares 2 U.” The younger singer responded by taunting O’Connor and comparing her to troubled actress Amanda Bynes. O’Connor has since threatened legal action if Miley Cyrus does not apologize for her words.