In the wake of her very public feud with pop star, Miley Cyrus. Sinead O’Connor had a few choice words for Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and singing competition shows in general when she stopped by the Ireland RTE talk show, Late Late Late Show.
“I feel sorry for the murder of music and rock ‘n’ roll, which has happened because of the industry,” she told host Ryan Tubridy.
“Because of Simon Cowell, 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 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, all the Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh – it all amounts to the murder of music and that’s what concerns me.”
On Miley and the nature of their feud, Sinead said, “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.
“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.”
Sinead explained that she felt sorry for Amanda Bynes, the former child actress Miley compared Sinead to in her, arguably, callous response to the elder singer’s initial letter.
“I was upset on behalf of Amanda Bynes, not for myself. I’m used to it. I thought it was a nasty thing to do. She had nothing to do with the conversation and also the poor girl is in hospital receiving treatment for the very illness she’s being knocked for having.”
“It was a very nasty time to expose a girl but I doubt Miley is a person who sat down and maliciously thought that I want to hurt Amanda Bynes. We’re all human and we all do things off the cuff.”
Watch the entire interview here: