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Old 10-03-2005, 08:36 PM   #333
Steve M.
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Red face Sinead Disses the Pope!

On this day in 1992, October 3, Sinead O'Connor performed Bob Marley's "War," a song exhorting the achievement of social justice by taking up arms against the rich and the powerful, on "Saturday Night Live." As she reached the line about the triumph of "good over evil," she held up a picture of Pope John Paul II at the mention of evil, then violently tore it up. "Fight the real enemy!" she yelled.

The backlash literally began immediately. SNL guest host Joe Pesci, himself a Catholic, picked up the pieces of the Pope's picture and taped them together. Switchboards at NBC were flooded with calls denouncing the act, which SNL producer Lorne Michaels professed to know nothing about in advance.

Thirteen days later, O'Connor's attempt to perform Bob Dylan's "I Believe In You" at the Dylan tribute concert was ruined by jeers and boos from the audience. She performed an abridged version of "War" instead before running into Kris Kristofferson's arms in tears. Dylan himself stayed above the fray, much to the chagrin of the Pope's leftist critics.

Sinead O'Connor never had another U.S. hit. Imagine what would have happened, though, if she'd dissed the late Ayatollah Khomeini!
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