Johanna Faust, a mixed race Jew, prefers to publish pseudonymously. She is committed: first, to preventing war, ecological disaster, and nuclear apocalypse; last to not only fighting for personal privacy & the freedom of information, but, by representing herself as a soldier in that fight, to exhorting others to do the same. She is a poet, always. All these efforts find representation here: "ah, Mephistophelis" is so named after the last line of Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, whose heretical success flouted the censor for a time.


On 3 October 1992, O'Connor appeared on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest. She sang an a cappella version of Bob Marley’s "War", intended as a protest against sexual abuse in the Catholic Church—O'Connor referred to child abuse rather than racism. She then presented a photo of Pope John Paul II to the camera while singing the word "evil", after which she tore the photo into pieces, said "Fight the real enemy", and threw the pieces towards the camera.


A nationwide audience saw O'Connor’s live performance, which the New York Daily News's cover called a "Holy Terror". NBC received more than 500 calls on Sunday and 400 more on Monday, with all but seven criticising O'Connor; the network received 4,400 calls in total. Contrary to rumour, NBC was not fined by the Federal Communications Commission for O'Connor’s act; the FCC has no regulatory power over such behaviour. NBC did not edit the performance out of the West coast tape-delayed broadcast that night, but reruns of the episode use footage from the dress rehearsal.
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Maybe Saturday Night Live could invite her back on?  That would be awesome.  She tried to tell us about the depths of the depravity back then.  Listening to her might have prevented at least these newest cases of rape and abuse. Maybe. But maybe not: maybe devout people will swallow whatever is fed them, always. I hope not. Not with horrific headlines like the Catholic Church is making in Pennsylvania.

Such as these.

You can watch her rip up the photo of the Pope in an effort to warn us on that Saturday Night Live here.  

And you can write to Saturday Night Live and request that they invite her back to the show and formally apologize:

Saturday Night Live.

30 Rockefeller Plaza.
New York, NY 10112

Be seeing you.

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