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Madonna Mimics Sinead, Shreds Photo on Saturday Night Live

January 17, 1993 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Same set, same exhortation: ″Fight the real enemy 3/8″ But this time it was Joey Buttafuoco, not the pope, whose picture got shredded. And it was Madonna, not Sinead O’Connor, doing the shredding.

Madonna, appearing on ″Saturday Night Live″ this weekend, belted out ″Bad Girl″ from her ″Erotica″ album, then ripped up an 8-by-10 of Buttafuoco as she echoed the words that got O’Connor in so much hot water.

Buttafuoco is the alleged lover of Amy Fisher, the Long Island teen-ager who shot Buttafuoco’s wife. Three television movies have been made about the case and Madonna’s performance Saturday night appeared to be intended in fun.


O’Connor appeared deadly serious when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II during the Oct. 3 episode of NBC’s ″Saturday night Live,″ shocking viewers and producers alike.

The Irish singer said she was protesting Roman Catholic dogma.

Madonna, who has stirred controversies of her own with her sexually suggestive treatment of religious images in her music videos and concerts, said at the time that O’Connor’s irreverence went too far.

″I think there’s a better way to present her ideas rather than ripping up an image that means a lot to other people,″ Madonna said at the height of the controversy, around the same time that she released her book of erotic fantasies, ″Sex.″

Attempts to reach Madonna’s spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg, were unsuccessful Sunday. The switchboard at Time-Warner was closed.