Revisiting Sinéad O’Connor’s Infamous Pope Protest on SNL — Watch

Jul 26, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: TV Line (by Rebecca Iannucci).

The death of Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor
is renewing interest in what will arguably go down as her most controversial moment.

During a now-infamous appearance as Saturday Night Live‘s musical guest in October 1992, O’Connor left viewers stunned when she held up a photo of Pope John Paul II and ripped it into pieces. She was performing an a cappella version of Bob Marley’s song “War,” then showed the photo during the song’s final line: “We know we will win / We have confidence in the victory / Of good over evil.”

“Fight the real enemy,” O’Connor said as she tore the photo, a choice that was met with complete silence from the studio audience (and quite a bit of backlash in the months that followed).

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