It's interesting the amount of perspective one can gain in the course of almost twenty years. I totally remember when Sinead O'Connor was on SNL, and the whole ripping of the pic of the Pope.
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At the time, I simply didn't get it. I didn't have a visceral reaction one way or another, but I did wonder what on earth it was that happened to provoke such a reaction. Well, in light of the revelations from the Irish Catholic Church concerning the years of abuse Irish children were subjected to, I think I now finally understand O'Connor's anger at the time. And it is clear that O'Connor's anger with the Catholic Church has not gone away.
In a way, O'Connor reminds me of the Greek figure Cassandra. The world reacted in angry horror to that 1992 performance on SNL, and O'Connor paid a heavy price for daring to condemn the Catholic Church in such a public fashion. Yet here we are 18 years later. Look at that clip again. O'Connor's message seems crystal clear, doesn't it? I think in many ways, O'Connor has been vindicated.
Better 18 years late, than never.