Sinead O’ Connor, an Irish musician and composer is most popular and famous for her rearrangement of “Nothing Compares 2 U.” by Prince in 1990.
At this time, the Catholic Church has been facing heavy criticism of covering up sexual abuse cases which were reported to them through the respective mediums.
After Sinead was billed to perform at the Saturday Night Live Show, the singer went berserk on stage on 3rd October 1992 and performed Bob Marley’s “War”.
The Irish music composer did this in protest of the sexual abuse cover ups by the Catholic Church. At this time, Pope John Paul II was still the Pope of Catholics.
So, at the event, Sinead held up the Pope’s picture in front of the crowd and shredded it to pieces with her bare hands while chanting “evil”. She also noticeably urged people to “fight the real enemy” in the same night.
Well, as expected her performance on the night didn’t quite go well with a lot of people, even the New York Daily News called it a “Holy Terror”.
Her music career went downhill from then and people probably didn’t mind because, well she has committed a Holy Terror by calling out the Catholic supremo for the ills they harbor in their circle.
However, nine (9) years later, Pope JohnPaul II will go on to admit the said sexual abuses. A recent Vatican report in 2020 also acknowledged that he was well aware of the sexual related issues when they were raised in his time. It turns out the Pope knew the allegations on his buddy Theodore McCarrick, but went ahead to promote him to Archbishop and finally, a Cardinal.