Sinead O’Connor went on a fiery rant against the American Music Awards and Dick Clark Productions after they allegedly tried to make her appear on this year’s show with Pope Francis.
The Irish-born songstress wrote on her website (Warning: Expletive-ridden article with obscene photo) that she was initially approached by the AMAs producers to perform her classic hits Nothing Compares to U and Take me to Church. Then they proposed a plan to pair her up with a contemporary singer, only for them to shelve that plan too because ‘it was decided that it would be ‘A great hook’ to ask Pope Francis to appear with me.’
In case you do not know, O’Connor famously tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a Saturday Night Live skit in 1992, resulting in her being banned from the show for life (video below).
So it’s understandable why O’Connor was so pissed at the idea that her appearing with the incumbent pope will signal an end to her ‘feud’ with the Catholic Church – and according to her, Francis was contacted on Twitter about the proposal.
‘Since naturally their idea was not only disrespectful to the pope and to millions of catholics (The idea he ought consider lowering his feet into the disgusting world of show business and celebrity at all! Never mind with Sinead O’Connor) they didn’t get a response and consequently I’m now not doing the show,’ she wrote, recalling that she asked the Dick Clark Production exec about how they could ensure security for the pope … and he had nothing to say.
‘I ask him how they thought they’d manage the Pope’s security at such an event. Silence. Tumbleweed. His little brain hadn’t got round to that part yet. It can only cope with 140 characters at a time. F*ck sake,’ she wrote. ‘Like twenty-f*cking five wars and all manner of hell loose in the world and this idiot is gonna fly the Pope to the Ama’s to potentially get shot by whomever bumped off Biggie and f**kin’ Tupac.’
‘I never heard anything so warped and disrespectful to both the Pope and myself, as well as millions of catholics (As well as my fans, with whom I have some f**king street cred, thanks, and integrity) in my life.’
Sources from the AMAs have since dismissed O’Connor’s allegations as lies, telling TMZ that they never sent any tweet to the Pope … and that it was her camp that first approached them for a show, not them, as she claimed.
They also dismissed her as a serial ranter, and also confirmed that she will no longer appear on the awards show, which will take place next month.