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‘Embarrassingly out of touch’: 'Saturday Night Live' skit making light of COVID-19 draws widespread backlash

‘Embarrassingly out of touch’: 'Saturday Night Live' skit making light of COVID-19 draws widespread backlash

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live tweeted a skit from their most recent broadcast called “Thanks, COVID."

The satirical skit plays off the scenario of doctors recommending their patients to “get COVID" to solve their issues. The running joke suggests COVID-19 as a solution for skipping work, prolonged time off, getting to watch Netflix, and describing isolation as a “10-day vacation.” At the end of the skit, the actors thank COVID for the break.

SNL is now facing enormous backlash online for their mock medicine infomercial. Many viewers do not find it funny, with suggesting it was violently irresponsible.

Currently, there are 1.07M COVID-19 deaths in the US and around 47,000 deaths in Canada. Many who lost a loved one or are impacted by the disease are not laughing.

SNL has not responded to the backlash.