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Desc:What better venue to make controversial political statements than Saturday Night Live?
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Tags:SNL, saturday night live, 1992, Catholicism, Sinead OConnor
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IrishWhiskey - 2011-08-05
When she tore up the photo of the Pope in protest of child abuse, she was pilloried by the media and basically run out of Ireland on a rail. On the opening of the next SNL "host Joe Pesci held up the photo, explaining that he had taped it back together, which gained applause. Pesci also said that if it had been his show, 'I would have gave her such a smack'."

In retrospect she was totally right, and Ireland is only now slowly coming to grips with precisely how much child rape was done as a direct result of our holding church officials above criticism or supervision. SNL approved everything about the performance, except she substituted a picture of a child with the pope. Maybe it was dishonest, but that seems like such a small concern in the face of a brave and moral act. It's easy to forget that we take the ability to freely criticize and speak out against the church in part due to actions like that.

fedex - 2011-08-05
which yet again proves why religion is the most fucked up of all man's inventions

IrishWhiskey - 2011-08-05
In a related matter, Sinead O'Connor was placed in a "Magdalene Asylum" as a young girl for shoplifting. I strongly advise not looking it up unless you are in the mood for nightmare fuel.

These places essentially jails/mental institutions for those who didn't conform (including those who weren't religious or considered promiscuous), run entirely by the church and outside the law. They were centers of abuse and child labor. They had been around for 200 years, Ireland only began to pay attention to them shortly after this aired, and they were shut down completely three years later.

Okay, long rant over now.

svraz - 2011-08-05
^^^^^^ What Irsih Whisky said. Five stars and lots of respect for Sinead. She was right. Also Joe Pesci can fuck off. Sinead has given the world some beautiful art. Pesci is a one trick pony and mediocre actor at best who benefited from the talent of others (the writing in Goodfellas). Also have to say that this whole "incident" made me respect Kris Kristofferson a whole lot. At a later concert in Central Park Sinead was booed. Kris stood in solidarity with her and lent her support in front of the crowd. Considering how much public opinion was against her he showed some backbone.

Ocyrus - 2011-08-05
Fuck the Pope.
Fuck the Crown.

Riskbreaker - 2011-08-05
People seem to get way too upset about ripping the image of an old dude wearing a dress.
joelkazoo - 2011-08-05
AND a fucking stupid-looking hat, don't forget that!

Cheese - 2011-08-05
Mock her all you want, in 3:16 she had more political impact then anyone who has ever posted here will ever have, ever... combined.
Hammer Falls - 2011-08-05
Exactly. Here's what happened a week later:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ExY8IPx454&feature=player_embe dded

She was just starting to become big when she did that. That one gesture on SNL made her a pariah for years.

Lord Running Clam - 2011-08-05
the funniest thing that ever happened on SNL
chairsforcheap - 2011-08-05
hey dude make fun of snl all you want but don't drag elliot into this.

chairsforcheap - 2011-08-05
dammit meant to respond to xenocide my bad

Xenocide - 2011-08-05
Ladies and gentlemen, we here at Saturday Night Live would like to apologize for Sinead O'Connor's actions earlier tonight. Here at SNL, we hold ourselves to the highest standards, and her reckless display was contrary to the spirit of intelligent satire you've come to expect. Thank you.

And now here's Chris Elliot as...





(Chris Elliot prances onstage in a dog costume)

Elliot: Wow, did anyone get a look at that Doberman backstage? Give THIS dog a bone! (He farts)

(Audience laughs, standing ovation.)
Raggamuffin - 2011-08-05
which yet again proves why SNL is the most fucked up of all man's inventions

Caminante Nocturno - 2011-08-05
SNL has done far more harm than good to the concept of comedy.

chumbucket - 2011-08-05
The carbon unit does not understand
Cheese - 2011-08-05
+10 xp

chairsforcheap - 2011-08-05
StanleyPain - 2011-08-05
Balls of steel.
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