SNL tweets a 'thanks, Covid' video skit joke. No one is laughing

Ayaan Paul
Ayaan PaulNov 07, 2022 | 17:15

SNL tweets a 'thanks, Covid' video skit joke. No one is laughing

American comedy series Saturday Night Live (SNL) is facing enormous backlash after tweeting a skit in poor taste, suggesting Covid as a means to skip work and take a prolonged leave.

What: The sketch comedy series tweeted a video skit captioned, “thanks, covid” last night. Here’s a look at the skit:

Playing out as a mock medicine infomercial, the skit features the Covid-19 virus as a ‘medically’ prescribed escape from the monotony of everyday living.

“As soon as getting Covid, you are guaranteed a 5- and sometimes even 10-day vacation from all of life’s problems!”
- The mock Covid infomercial by SNL

Satiring the self-imposed isolations, work from home and other necessary Covid protocol, the skit ends with the performers taking turns ‘thanking’ the virus for the apparent boon that it has been made out to be.

Taking an extended period of leave to be "extra safe"

The skit even jokes around Covid being the perfect excuse to get out of a number unwanted circumstances.

Covid is the perfect way to get out of the following - an excerpt from the SNL skit

No one is laughing: Ever since being tweeted, the skit has generated a tonne of backlash and criticism from the internet, with people calling out SNL for trivialising the otherwise sensitive issue.

Well, seems like some are laughing: A few brave individuals have come out in support of SNL and the skit, commending their humour and satire and dismissing the voices of disapproval altogether.

The bigger picture: The skit comes during a period of grave unrest on Twitter following the Musk takeover. The new Twitter CEO and sole board member has assured a championing of free speech on the platform henceforth, having overrun many previously suspended accounts and restricted tweets that did not comply with Twitter’s algorithm.

The SNL skits are taped live in front of a studio audience in New York City. As of today, over 73,000 Covid deaths deaths have been reported in New York alone, with over 4,000 active cases still plaguing the city.

Last updated: November 07, 2022 | 17:16
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