In October of 1992, Sinead O'Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live. In one of her two musical performances she sang Bob Marley's "War" a cappella. When she sang the word "evil," she held up a photo of Pope John Paul II.
Then she tore the photo as she sang "fight the real enemy." The act was meant as a protest against child abuse within the Catholic Church. Soon after, she appeared at a Bob Dylan tribute concert.
The story was recounted in full detail.
In 1992, Sinead O'Connor ripped up a picture of the Pope on live television, in protest of the rampant child sexual… https://t.co/K82wMgVWrX— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547961893.0
She was 26.— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547961893.0
Ten days later, she was scheduled to perform at Madison Square Gardens, as part of a celebration of Bob Dylan. As s… https://t.co/Jbpn1HKThZ— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547961893.0
She talked later about how awful the sound was, and how she thought she was going to be sick.— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547961893.0
And then, Kris Kristofferson got involved.
The organizers tasked Kris Kristofferson with removing O'Connor from the stage. He instead went out and put his arm… https://t.co/XPpPHus2rI— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547961893.0
About the incident, he says: "Sinead had just recently on Saturday Night Live torn up a picture of the Pope, in a… https://t.co/HhaetSZS1q— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547961894.0
[...] I went out and I said 'Don't let the bastards get you down'. She said 'I'm not down' and she sang. It was ver… https://t.co/oecGTdXvq5— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547961894.0
The recent Gillette ad has started/furthered a lot of conversations about what alternatives to toxic masculinity lo… https://t.co/XFvvFCOD7G— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547961894.0
Kristofferson even wrote a song entitled "Sister Sinead" that appeared on a 2009 album.
This song was on his 2009 album "Closer to the Bone" https://t.co/9qFtNYpRif— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547967290.0
The song can be heard below along with video of Kristofferson and O'Connor's interaction.
Kris Kristofferson - Sister Sinead (2009) www.youtube.com
Kristofferson continued to hold space for O'Connor despite the jeers from the crowd.
You can see that she pulls away at one point and either throws up or nearly throws up. He just grabs her back in hi… https://t.co/lBX5OOQ81F— Audra Williams (@Audra Williams)1547968282.0
People were grateful to know the story.
@audrawilliams I'm smiling and crying and basically a mess this fine Sunday morning! Thank you for this incredible… https://t.co/h3kM7jpjwa— 💙🌊Oh For Crissakes...🇺🇸🤘 (@💙🌊Oh For Crissakes...🇺🇸🤘)1548003046.0
@audrawilliams I love this thread, thank you. I have only seen Sinead once, probably 8 years ago. She’s a fierce wo… https://t.co/dI0RRTFp11— San Diego Resist (@San Diego Resist)1547999262.0
@audrawilliams Such a wonderful thread, thank you for this.— KS Rhoads (@KS Rhoads)1547993490.0
Nearly a decade after O'Connor's performance, Pope John Paul II finally came out and apologized for the abuse that the Catholic Church had perpetuated for decades.