It feels like the last month — or really, post-VMAs — has been all about Miley Cyrus, all the time. But this past week was particularly special, thanks to an MTV documentary; “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig; and an epic war of words with Sinead O’Connor after a Rolling Stone cover story.
It’s great timing for Miley, given that her new album, “Bangerz,” is released today. For the rest of us? It’s been tough to keep track of the madness. To catch up, here’s a look back at the week of Miley.
Miley vs. Sinead O’Connor
In a lengthy profile, Miley tells Rolling Stone that her risque “Wrecking Ball” music video was inspired by Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” For some reason, Sinead O’Connor thinks it’s a productive idea to pen an open letter to Miley about the harsh truths of the music industry. Such as: “Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.”
Instead of taking the advice, Miley chooses to antagonize Sinead on Twitter.
Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week.
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013
For fun, Miley tweets a photo of Sinead’s infamous appearance on “SNL” from 1992, when she tore up a photo of the pope. Later, Miley also tweets a screengrab of Sinead’s disturbing Twitter stream from 2011, begging for help from a psychiatrist.
Furious, Sinead writes more open letters, demanding the tweets be deleted. On the “Today” show, Miley claims innocence.
“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,” Miley tells Matt Lauer.
Meanwhile, the war rages on as Sinead posts a fourth open letter late Monday: “You’ve said on Matt Lauer’s show…that you don’t understand why I have been upset with you. I find that hard to believe frankly, since you’re clearly not a stupid woman.”
Miley takes on “SNL”
What subjects would Miley tackle on “Saturday Night Live”? Her whole life could be a parody. Indeed, she kicks things off with a skit about the world coming to an end after the VMA performance:
…followed by a skewering of the government shutdown to the tune of her single, “We Can’t Stop”:
…and a fake “50 Shades of Grey” audition:
Miley tells her side
On Sunday night, MTV runs an extended documentary, “Miley: The Movement.” The special follows the former Disney star as she got ready to release her first single from the new album, and also gave her limitless time to share her own thoughts on fame.
“I don’t apologize for anything. I’m always going to do something different,” she declares, as the camera shows her backstage, ready to unleash her controversial VMA performance on the world. “If people could see the details, they would know this isn’t just some mess. This is all thought out in my mind.”
Surprisingly eloquent? Yes. Hard to pay attention to what she’s saying, thanks to all the human teddy bears wandering around? Absolutely.
Later, Miley’s mom, Tish Cyrus, defends her daughter, saying that she gave up her childhood to be in the entertainment business. Miley’s translation: “My mom is my homie.”
Tish chimes in for all those haters. “Anyone that’s ever said, ‘Where’s her mother?’ Right beside her,” Tish says defiantly.
During the special, she also solves the biggest mystery: What’s the deal with her new haircut?