Woody Harrelson’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue on COVID sparked controversy, Elon Musk says he was right on target

Woody Harrelson’s opening monologue on “Saturday Night Live” COVID-19 Pandemic The medical industry and government working together to push for a vaccine has sparked backlash online. His CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, also joined the discussion.

Closing out the segment, Harrelson talks about the film’s pitch, including one of the “craziest scripts” he’s read. This includes the “largest drug cartels” where people are forced to take drugs and stay home unless they agree to continue taking them.

“So the movie is like this,” the actor explained. “Biggest drug cartels The world will come together to bribe all the media and all the politicians and keep all the people in the world at home. And people can’t come out unless they keep taking the cartel’s drugs over and over again. ”

Harrelson then joked:

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Woody Harrelson, host of ‘Saturday Night Live’ during promotion at Studio 8H on February 21, 2023.

The comments were widely picked up by the media, who called them “anti-vax” or “vax conspiracies”.


Several people continued the conversation on social media, and many agreed with the actor.

“Very base. Good job,” Musk replied.

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In another tweet, Musk suggested that the comments were on point and reflected his life in the United States over the past few years.

When one Twitter user warned people to “prepare for a meltdown,” Musk said: [media outlets] Don’t you realize their advertising is wrong? ”

Also on Saturday, Musk shared a Babylon Bee article about 26% of Americans who “still trust the media.”

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In Harrelson’s opening monologue, political division and he described himself as a “redneck hippie”.

“You know, my deficit thinks I should be allowed to own a gun,” he said. Red and blue make purple. I am purple.”

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He also mentioned smoking weed and joked about why he prefers it to drinking alcohol.

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Actor Woody Harrelson attends a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on January 28, 2023.

“The reason I like herbs more than alcohol is because it makes me feel better, I don’t have a hangover, and I don’t wake up with a bloody mess.

Harrelson’s appearance will be his fifth to host “SNL,” and like many businesses across the country, he is adhering to strict COVID-related health and safety protocols at a time when the government was enacting lockdowns. increase.

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Musical guests Jack White (left), Woody Harrelson and Chloe Feynman at Studio 8H on February 23, 2023.

Later in the show, Scarlett Johansson gave Harrelson a five-off club jacket.


His last appearance on the NBC comedy show was on thanksgiving In 2019, before COVID lockdowns came into effect.

Fox News’ Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.