Saturday Night Live continues to flop every weekend.
SNL has become one of the longest running programs in television history, though I'm not sure how. This weekend, the series came under fire on social media for making fun of Britney Spears' memoir, The Woman in Me. The book delves into the pop star's harrowing experiences, including the traumas she faced throughout her journey in the spotlight.
The skit starts with Chloe Fineman, dressed as Spears, introducing her book. Then, it cuts to parodied celebrities (Allison Janney, Timothee Chalamet, Martin Scorsese, Steve-O, and Julia Fox, to name a few) auditioning to narrate her memoir. Some of the lines that were read in the book were not actually in The Woman in Me, including this fake scene between her and Justin Timberlake: "'Okay, I’m ready, put it in’ I said, and he replied: 'It is already in.' My world collapsed."
"I don’t know I feel like the industry keeps making fun of her," writes @skyferrori on X (formerly Twitter), "her memoir was a vulnerable moment and this feels very disrespectful." His tweet garnered over 5 million views and 105,000 likes.
Others argued that SNL was just using the singer's book to segway into celebrity impressions and that they weren't trying to make fun of her experiences. "Not that I thought the sketch was funny, because it was just bad lol," says @elishathebarb. "but I can tell by yours and alot of other peoples comments that you straight up didn't understand the sketch or the jokes. Britney was the set up, the punchline was the other impersonations."
"Ok but did anyone commenting that it's not funny actually watch it completely?" asks @SonOfASheph3rd. "They barely made fun of her, it made fun of other celebrities more than it did her. The Jada Pinkett part was pretty funny to me personally. Yall just be looking for reasons to be offended/victimized."
Britney Spears' Manager Speaks Out
While I agree that the sketch wasn't offensive, it seems it did do some harm. The skit caught the attention of the "Toxic" singer's manager, Cade Hudson, who did not find the episode funny whatsoever. "Wow. The writers of @SNL are getting worse and worse. No wonder you all reached out to me to get Britney on the show..." he reportedly wrote on Instagram, "snl is on life support. You all are pathetic and this Chloe isn't funny. Did you find her on Craigslist or something?" An overreaction, maybe? I don't think so. If your friend poured her heart out into the book and detailed her trauma, you'd probably be quick to defend her too.
Just days before SNL aired its episode, Spears took to Instagram to share a message about bullying, saying she knows "what it's like to feel tormented... bullied... and completely humiliated." Maybe it's time for the media to leave Britney alone.
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