Twenty years ago today, during a Saturday Night Live performance, Sinťad OíConnor ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II. There was an immediate outcry from critics, journalists, and, a week later, SNL host and noted theologian, Joe Pesci. OíConnorís career never recovered. When she attempted to perform Bob Marleyís ďWarĒ at a Bob Dylan concert, she was booed off the stage. Now, twenty years on, Michael Agresta takes a fresh look at the event.
Agresta listened to what OíConnor had to say: she added some fresh lyrics to ďWarĒ about child abuse as one of the Catholic Churchís sins. This isnít news today, but it was then. In fact, most people (including me, I have to admit) missed the allusion altogether and thought OíConnor was protesting abortion/contraception policies or something. But OíConnor, when anyone bothered to ask, was quite clear about what angered her:
In Ireland we see our people are manifesting the highest incidence in Europe of child abuse. This is a direct result of the fact that theyíre not in contact with their history as Irish people and the fact that in the schools, the priests have been beating the shit out of the children for years and sexually abusing them. This is the example thatís been set for the people of Ireland. They have been controlled by the church, the very people who authorized what was done to them, who gave permission for what was done to them.
The Time magazine interviewer didnít really grasp what OíConnor was saying, so she tried to explain by giving some personal history. She said she had been subjected to every kind of abuse:
Sexual and physical. Psychological. Spiritual. Emotional. Verbal. I went to school every day covered in bruises, boils, sties and face welts, you name it. Nobody ever said a bloody word or did a thing. Naturally I was very angered by the whole thingÖ [Time interview, November 9, 1992, behind a pay wall, unfortunately.]
Her mother, said OíConnor, was a Valium addict, a product of Catholic schools. Later, when OíConnor went to an Adult Children of Alcoholics-type group, she got a handle on her situation. The photo of the Pope that she tore up? That had belonged to her mother: ďThe photo itself had been on my motherís bedroom wall since the day the fucker was enthroned in 1978.Ē
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