Did you happen to catch last week’s Saturday Night Live? Just kidding. We all know SNL hasn’t commanded much of an audience lately since it turned away from comedy to social and political commentary. In fact, the only time I see an SNL skit is when it makes headlines for pissing someone off, which it manages to do quite frequently. But this week, the show is being accused of a hate crime, against the Irish.
The show was hosted by Ronan Saoirse, the famed actress from the movie “Lady Bird.” Saoirse is Irish and took part in the offending skit, much to the chagrin of her countrymen.
The skit, which certainly should be suffering backlash due to the fact that it was terribly unfunny, featured Saoirse and SNL actress, Cecily Strong as stewardesses, I’m so sorry, flight attendants, on an Aer Lingus plane set to take off. Aer Lingus is an Irish airline and the pair are giving their pre-takeoff speech to the passengers.
Included in their speech is a reference to a dog on the runway, and several dogs make appearances throughout the skit. Apparently Irish people are over the top dog lovers and so this reference was offensive. But brace yourself for the worst part, the menu for the flight only included potatoes. Irish potatoes, get it? Hilarious. Ok, maybe not. But apparently that reference too was super offensive, some saying it referred to the Irish potato famine and not to a high consumption of potatoes, which Ireland has plenty of.
Twitter exploded with backlash over the “racist” skit, even calling the skit a “hate crime.” Aer Lingus responded to the controversy tweeting “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Ronan impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.” If that sounds familiar, it may be because President Trump tweeted out an almost identical tweet a year ago that read “Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad.” Good one Aer Lingus. Good one.
Now I may have heard an Irish joke here or there in my life, and harsh stereotypes like “dog-lovers” and “potatoes” weren’t any part of them. As Irish Twitter user @LNKagen noted, ” “Controversial opinion: the Saoirse Ronan/SNL Aer Lingus skit wasn’t that bad. Instead of painting us as drunk and violent (oh hi Liam Neeson NSL episode), they painted us as weird, dog-loving and badly organised. We need to choose another hill to die on, huns.” Well said.
Look, political correctness is so out of hand that it has sucked the fun out of comedy. On the other hand, I’m annoyed that SNL has such blatant double standards that they can have this Irish skit pass the smell test but not skits about other ethnic groups. It needs to be one way or the other. Either SNL becomes equal opportunity offenders or they need to stop offending anyone. One of these choices seems like a lot more fun way to go. Learning to laugh at yourself is a wonderful trait and people are too fast to get their panties in a bundle any time someone pokes fun at them. Give me a break. I’m part Irish and this skit’s only crime was that the jokes sucked.
Source: Entertainment Daily