Actress Saoirse Ronan appeared on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and not all of their sketches went over so great. Ronan is Irish-American, and the show seemed to want to talk a bit about her cultural background, but chose a very weird angle to do it. It's basically 4 minutes of them making fun of the Irish via Aer Lingus, the country's popular airline.
The main points are that Irish people love dogs and only eat potatoes, which isn't the most wildly offensive thing I've ever heard, but still not particularly funny or interesting.
The response from Irish people has still been pretty negative. They kind of just can't believe how stupid it is:
Aer Here: Last night. Saturday Night Live on NBC. SNL guest host Saoirse Ronan plays an Aer Lingus cabin member on a dog-filled flight from Dublin to New York via Cork…with only potatoes on the menu. You’ll laugh. You’ll Howl. https://t.co/PvSMGNqDiI #Dublin #Ireland pic.twitter.com/hgSbiXRggs— Rebel Dublin (@RebelDublin) December 4, 2017
Started watching this sketch on YouTube. Turned it off when they started beating the "we know what it sounds like" to death. I was done.— xarophti (@xarophti) December 4, 2017
Sheesh, someone just sent me that snl aerlingus sketchy, bit of a swing and a miss, we get it, Irish people like dogs and poetry and potatoes and our accents are funny. Classic— JamesVincentMcMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow) December 3, 2017
Whats straight up crazy about it is that in 2017, the best the writers on a show like snl could think to do with not just the best Irish actor around but also one of the best on the planet was "Irish cliches on an airplane"... step it up guys— JamesVincentMcMorrow (@jamesvmcmorrow) December 3, 2017
The Brits occasionally claim Saoirse Ronan, but they never put her through that Aer Lingus sketch on SNL. Let’s never speak of it again.— 🥃Donald Clarke🎬 (@DonaldClarke63) December 3, 2017
I know! As if Aer Lingus would ever let anyone take a dog on a plane. Ridiculous.— Trish Byrnes roasting on an open fire (@TrishByrne) December 3, 2017
So let me get this straight, everyone was looking for two things:— Gerry McBride (@GerryMcBride) December 3, 2017
1) Saoirse Ronan to not play up her begorrah and bejaysus Oirish paddywackery shtick, and
2) a Saturday Night Live sketch that was funny.
Wow, you lot don't ask much, do you?
Even Aer Lingus chimed in with a negative tweet:
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Ronan impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) December 3, 2017
But they were actually spoofing our American president:
Guess the airline, at least, has a sense of humor!