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This past Saturday, Woody Harrelson hosted SNL for the fifth time. While this appearance brought him the honor of joining the show’s Five-Timers Club, his monologue will be remembered for daring to joke about the elephant in the room that the oppressive vaccination campaign has become.
Woody Harrelson joked in his introduction about an imaginary movie he had written a script for. “The movie goes like this: the biggest drug cartels in the world get together and buy up all the media and all the politicians and force all the people in the world to stay locked in their homes, and people can only come out if they take the cartel’s drugs and keep taking them over and over.”
“I threw the script away! I mean, who was gonna believe this crazy idea?”, he concluded. Unlike other programs in which the audience compulsively laughs in the purest Kamala Harris style —even if the jokes are not funny at all–-, on this occasion only a few nervous giggles could be heard amidst a sepulchral and uncomfortable silence.
In fact, if one watches the music band members behind Woody Harrelson on stage, one can see how their initial smiles gradually turn to faces of seriousness and reprobation as the words come out of the presenter’s mouth.
According to NBC‘s policies, SNL audiences must be vaccinated in order to get a seat, which would explain why Woody Harrelson’s joke made them squirm in their seats, but not exactly from laughter.
Those who have also shown their discomfort with good old Woody have been the media. It seems that they have taken the hint and felt identified with the fictitious media allegedly bought up by the imaginary cartels of the hypothetical movie.
With the attacks that have been going on since his joke on SNL, some media outlets have done nothing but to prove how accurate Woody Harrelson’s joke was.
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“Woody Harrelson Spreads Anti-Vax Conspiracies During SNL Monologue,” headlined Rolling Stone, the self-procclaimed countercultural magazine. “Woody Harrelson Spews Anti-Vax Conspiracies in SNL Monologue,” claimed The Daily Beast. The Washington Post wrote that “On SNL, Woody Harrelson Pushes Popular Covid-19 Conspiracy Theory,” while USA Today mimicked the rest by asserting that the “monologue includes COVID vaccine conspiracy.”
The homogeneity of the press headlines suggests that, unlike Woody Harrelson’s, which is imaginary, there is a real script written and followed to the letter. Woody’s is fictitious and comic, the other seems to be real and in the horror dystopia subgenre.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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