15. Rage Against the Machine
There was no smashing of guitars and destruction of NBC property this time; the politically-driven liberals hung American flags upside-down on their amps before performing their hit “Bulls on Parade.”
The inverted flag, a symbol of distress or emergency, was meant as a protest against having Republican Forbes as a presidential candidate.
The band and their flags were removed and they were unable to play a second song. You could argue that the gesture was a form of peaceful protest, but SNL producers were understandably enraged that their stage had been turned into a platform for the political degradation of a presidential hopeful.
We guess that’s a risk you must take if you want to give a punk band the opportunity to play on live television. Next time you invite a Republican to host the show, SNL, stick with a politically neutral band if you want to avoid insulting the public at large.