Flashback Friday to when Sinéad O'Connor stunned the country with that 'SNL' appearance

What's Sinead O'Connor Been Up To?
What's Sinead O'Connor Been Up To?


"Saturday Night Live" is gearing up for the first show of the new year with "Girls" and "Star Wars: Force Awakens," Adam Driver and by judging from the promos, it looks like it's going to be great!

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Today, we take a look back in pop culture history to one of the most OMG moments in the show's history.

There have been plenty of controversial moments over the years; plenty of F-bombs dropped live on air and the occasional musical hiccup. However, no one really prepared for one of the craziest moments in the show's history with singer Sinéad O'Connor.


O'Connor was appearing as a musical guest for the October 3 show back in 1992, performing an a-cappella version of Bob Marley's "War." She ended up changing the lyrics, unbeknownst to the producers, and focused them on the child abuse within the Roman Catholic church.

During dress rehearsal, O'Connor held up a photo of a refugee child; however, that was certainly not the case during the live show.


As you can see in the video above, the Irish singer held up a photo of Pope John Paul II, yelled "Fight the real enemy" and ripped it to pieces leaving everyone with their jaws on the floor, and the "Applause" sign dim.

Lorne Michaels recalls the event in "Live from New York" stating that the entire studio went silent and deliberately did not light the "Applause" sign. It's safe to say, the next day, NBC received thousands of calls criticizing O'Connor, and of course, the show.

Sinéad O'Connor's left everyone stunned, and "Saturday Night Live" with one of the most unpredictable moments in live television.

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