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What you think of Sinéad O'Conner tearing up Pope John Paul II foto on Saturday Night Live TV Show?

Asked by seVen (3464points) September 3rd, 2009 from iPhone

Did she go over the line or no?

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ragingloli's avatar

i would have understood it if it was a pic of ratzinger, aka benedict XVI.
but john paul II… he was one of the better examples of popes

dpworkin's avatar

She did it again?

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

It’s just a photo…
I mean you can rip up a photo of Bruce Dickinson in front of me, and I wouldn’t care.

seVen's avatar

Nah, it was only once way back in the days.

polos's avatar

I think it was immature and frankly did no favours for her public image.

dpworkin's avatar

So this is kind of an “Oldies” question?

seVen's avatar

It was from what I understand , unwilling to kick out those who infiltrated the Roman Catholic church with pedofiliac perversion, they weren’t kicked out but placed in different parishes. Oh and Sinéad was a child of some sort of abuse when she was a kid so she fights for kids rights.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar


She’s an artist. She can do that. People can also decide not to buy her music if they object. She had and still has the right to do it.

Capt_Bloth's avatar

Awesome! Fight the real evil.

Sarcasm's avatar

I’d pick @The_Compassionate_Heretic‘s word too, “Indifferent”.
But I don’t think I’d use “art” as an argument.

tinyfaery's avatar

Um…is it the 90’s? And if it is, why am I so old?

kevbo's avatar

Bizarre. I just mentioned Sinead O’Connor (re: her cover of “Black Coffee”) to someone about three minutes ago.

syz's avatar

I thought the brou-ha-ha was ridiculous.

cookieman's avatar


cheebdragon's avatar

Who cares? It happened almost 20 years ago.

filmfann's avatar

I personally didn’t care, but it ruined her career.

alive's avatar

was i even alive then

DominicX's avatar

I hadn’t heard of this until today when I looked it up (I was, after all, only 1 year old when this happened), but I have to say I don’t care. On one hand I like that she did whatever she wanted, but I also don’t think it was necessary and I don’t think it helped anything at all.

augustlan's avatar

Here’s what I thought at the time: If a more established and long respected recording artist/activist had done it, it would have been fine. Some would have disapproved, but it wouldn’t have had a major impact on their career. I kind of felt like she got too big for her britches and jumped the gun, eager to make a big statement. It backfired on her in a big way. It’s too bad, because she seemed kind of destined for greatness and then “POOF” – it was like she didn’t exist anymore!

drdoombot's avatar

I think nothing of it. She has a right to express herself any way she wishes. Tearing up a photo of someone certainly doesn’t make you a bad person.

alive's avatar

wait. why did she do it? does anyone know why she tore up the photo?

galileogirl's avatar

Rip Van Winkle-are you just catching up-that was 17 years and a completely different pope ago. Or is this your history homework? lol

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

@kevbo quick, put your tinfoil hat back on, the mind reading aliens are back, and asking questions on Fluther. =)

cwilbur's avatar

@alive: To express her disgust at the behavior and policies of the Roman Catholic church.

Jack79's avatar

Since you’re descibing a scene from the distant past, you should judge it based on the context of that time when it happened.

1. Different Pope
2. Different time
3. Act was symbolic, had nothing to do with the person
4. Reasons had to do with Catholic policy at the time, not with the Pope, which admittedly is the least evil of all popes ever to hold that position (and certainly a much better person than the one they have now). It also happened before JPII’s efforts to reconcile with the other Christian denominations and even Muslims and other faiths.

At the time, I applauded her action. I would not have applauded it 5 years ago. And I’d applaud it again today, but for different reasons.

valdasta's avatar

I am glad that Fluther came about so seVen could finally vent. I remember watching SNL when it happened. I thought, “hmm?...she would be pretty if she had hair.”

madcapper's avatar

Holy shit man I thought I had woken up and time traveled to 1992!! You scared me for a second there. The answer of course is: “Who cares? It happened 17 fucking years ago!”

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