Top Controversies On SNL Throughout The Years

Saturday Night Live, commonly known as SNL, is a late-night sketch comedy show by Lorne Michaels. It premiered in October 1975 and has been one of the most culturally significant shows in the United States ever since. It should go without saying that the show has also had plenty of controversial moments. Sometimes, the celebrities causing these controversies have been banned from the show. Here are some of the most shocking and outrageous moments of Saturday Night Live.

Sinéad O’Connor

On October 3rd, 1992, musical guest Sinéad O’Connor took out a photo of Pope John Paul II, tore it to pieces and proclaimed we need to “fight the real enemy,” in reference to the abuse allegations against the Catholic Church. She did not include this part during her rehearsals at the show, so the producers were shocked. She has been banned from the show ever since.

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