Sinead O'Connor ripping Pope picture - Fight the real enemy

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LTC cherno : Hey, did you guys hear they've opened an academy for child predators? They teach techniques and most importantly how to get away with it! It's called the Catholic Church. And they're taking applications.

FanArtFlan : If she did this a bit later, she would have been applauded. She was just ahead of the curve.

blipco5 : Back in the day when she tore up the Popes picture I thought she was crazy and that she ruined her career over nothing. It turned out she was right after all.

ThePowergoats : She was ahead of her time with this.

Jane M : Came here after news of priests molesting over 1000 children in Pennysylvania. Thanks for being a truth-teller ahead of your time, Sinead.

MusicX : So she only rips up a picture and get's blackballed for it. Years after the fact when asked if she'd had the moment to do over, would she change anything "HELL NO", she replied.

Doug QUIDAM : I loved it when she did this and still respect her for it today.

Azer Simple : The Catholic Church is among the most vile and malicious institutions in the world.  I support O'Connor's actions, and despite it having been quite a while ago, the issue is still pertinent today.  This was a strong message, but a necessary one as well.

William Heckman : When I saw this live i didn't know how to react... I felt it was kind of rude yet I was curious what her stance was... 20 years later after reading some of her reasons why she did it, I am in full support of her actions.  This is 100% rock and roll.

Leslie Stevens : Reddit today: "perhaps we should apologize to her"... perhaps? lol

Bruce Hickman : Beautiful. So ahead of her time. And she was right all along. The child fuckers still hide behind .....something I can't quite figure out.

Inyourlap : This is gutsy.

MisterX867 : Best SNL moment ever

Rushil N : That lady's got balls. It seems brutal but she is condemning the church's implication in the sexual abuse of 1000s of children.

TitanTantrum : I think what she did was very brave, she did this to show the true "enemy",the head of the catholic church, who had been condoning sexual abuse in the church for years. Even though John Paul II is gone it still is going on this very day all around the world. See no evil is a great documentary you all need to see, you will understand.

EdMcStinko : I used to wonder "Bulletproof bubble? Why do people want to kill the Pope?" Now I wonder "Why don't they use an RPG? That might work"

Art Vale : You go girl! I just saw a movie called Spotlight--exposing the Catholic Church for what it really is.

Mr. loltrigger : she was a woman before her time

Thought Crimes : The Vatican is the Whore of Babylon! I can't believe how right Sinead was so long ago.

Cpt Quinn : So many edgy teens in the comments

Kinh Konn : Blowing the candles out as she extinguishes her career.

Anai Bendai : She already knew the Catholic Church was evil. She was way ahead of her time.

Bijinius Cross : 0:20 - 0:28: The most awkward silence in the history of popular music.

JanoElBozo : It's amusing, in Poland currently there is a play which basically shows a figure of John Paul 2 being given a fellatio. The actors, director and theater staff received multiple death threats, theater was threatened to be bombed... Reminds you of certain religion extremists? Just shows that extremists are extremists, no matter the garden variety of crazy. And kudos to Sinead, she really was ahead of her time, doing such a thing in 1992.

jerome carroll : she mad the first few steps to awareness of  corruption  and child sex abuse by the catholic church and got blasted by the entire nation, id bet there are many who are eating their words now about lambasting her for it. Very brave woman

Lou Cypher : She was ahead of her time because now most of us know religion was the best scam ever.

Frankie B : She was telling the truth

Jumbo is Legend : she was raped by a priest that's why she did this no lie

Dennis B : I saw this live and was very entertained by it.  That took guts.

Guardians Creed : if she did this now she'd still have a career. the world is more acceptable of hating religions now than back then. Maybe she knew about the bad things the priests do. who knows

Efrain Rios : Amazing the response of those papal worshipping fanatics for her to be brave to tear up a stupid picture of a religious hypocrite on live television. :-/

Jako32 : This is 199friggin2! 8*o. Really doesn't seem that long ago and dated but it's almost 25 years ago when this was still unthinkable!! Woman had MAJOR b*lls every bit if not more so than what Madonna did in late '92/'93!! Sinead was truly waay ahead of her time w/ this issue when the majority of the world was in a fog (or denial) but mainly 'out of the loop' and was simply like WTF is she doing.

breezyvibe : The Catholic Church is a joke. But O'Connor is possibly Illuminati anyway . .

iyago82 - : And now she is a A real mental nut case!

Jason David : It's JUST a PHOTO for fecks sake! ... She hardly started a FIRE by burning a CROSS or spouted ANTI-CATHOLIC EPITHETS. She doesn't like some guy. Ok, a lot of people don't like some guy!

Mach68 : I won't lie. I would have done the same thing she did.

Fernando Davalos : ...AWKWARD...

strawberryfields4eva : I'm don't idolize the pope but that pope was sure more of a hell of a good, kind, person than Sinead. He had a lot of compassion for people, did a lot of charity, just good things for people! And he had a lot of faith. He was about love and she is more about hate as you can tell. It's really disrespectful of her to do that. There's no reason why the pope should be an "enemy". Celebrities just love to feel important and don't think twice. The pope is a person. And a good one at that. Sinead is talking out of her butt.

Trish Powell : Amen, sister!

Damien Green : She was so ahead of her time! It's very brave what she did and she turned out to be right all along!

MrTree1779 : Any institution (regardless of their supposed beliefs) which hides, supports, and makes excuses for sexually assaulting children, calls poverty "good", and forces religious conversion as "payment" for food or medicine, is EVIL. Regardless of what "authority" they point at to blame for their behavior, that organization is EVIL.

Eric Schmidt : I didn't blame her then..and I sure as he'll wouldn't blame anyone who does the same

N.F. Craig : Good on her!

April Watters : That was Me in the early 70's!! speaking out about Abuse at "home! Neighbors around didn't want to Step up,, so they tell ME "oh, the poor Abuser". I have to Lower MY Standards and Health instead of THEM stepping it up, like it should have been! Enemies are all around! People Just don't want to admit,, even when the Facts are Right in Front of them,, they STILL bail out the abuser!!

remywood81 : I remember reading a quote that Joe Pesci (who was there) wanted to ''Slap her face.'' You can hear muted outrage and bemusement in this clip. Turns out, she was right...

Randy Woodworth : An act that ended a mediocre career

Will Sherman : Great interview with Dr Phil. I have worked with kids who have been through what you've been through. People need to listen to the children and the victims.

thesnare100 : Believe it or not, this was the first time I heard of the pope, not who the pope was but the position itself. I was just barely in my teens when this happened. Both my mom and dad's families were Catholic, I only went to my first day of Sunday School, probably would have known if I stayed

88feji : Everyone thought she was crazy to demonise the oh-so-holy catholic priests during those days ... she's so far ahead of her time that it took many decades later for the world to truely comprehend the horrible pedophilic things happening in the churches around the world ... not to mention standing on the wrong side of human rights history on homosexuality ...

Tara Gragg : That Pope looked like Rumplestilskin.