Rage Against The Machine
Appearing on the April 13, 1996, episode hosted by billionaire Steve Forbes, the rock band Rage Against the Machine made their own political statement alongside the then-Republican presidential hopeful. Before performing their hit "Bulls on Parade," the rockers hung upside down American flags from their gear. Crew members stepped in to remove both the flags and the band from the stage, prohibiting them from performing a second song during the show and banning then for life.
After first pointing out the racial makeup of the in-studio audience, stand-up comedian Martin Lawrence tested the patience of the censors, producers and women around the globe when he went on a rant during his February 19, 1994, monologue. Lawrence shared his views on 90s women, specifically his feelings on their declining feminine hygiene habits. The bit was later removed from repeats of the episode as was Lawrence from the series.
Cypress HillAs any cast member or guest will tell you, Saturday Night Live and show producer Lorne Michaels have a zero tolerance policy for the use of alcohol and drugs on set. Apparently this was not told to rap group Cypress Hill before their October 2, 1993, musical appearance, either that or DJ Muggs didn't care when he lit up a marijuana joint during their song "I Ain't Goin' Out Like That." Cypress Hill did go out like that, and never returned to the Saturday Night Live stage.
- 9Similar to Cypress Hill, the punk rock band The Replacements failed to adhere to the strict drugs and alcohol policy when they appeared on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest on January 18, 1986. Band members were quite a bit tipsy when they sang, but the tipping point came when singer Paul Westerberg cursed on live television. The band was banned from the show, however in 1993 tensions cooled and Westerberg returned as a solo musical guest.
- 10Decades before he was accused of murdering his wife, actor Robert Blake was accused of being a complete grouch behind the scenes on Saturday Night Live. He allegedly butted heads with the cast, producers and writers prior to his November 13, 1982, hosting gig, even throwing a script in the face of cast member and writer Gary Kroeger. Blake fulfilled his obligation to host that episode in season eight, but never returned to the SNL stage.
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