Did ‘SNL’ go too far with Tiger abuse skit?

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It is Saturday Night Live’s job to be topical and to joke about the things that people are talking about. However, did they go too far with Saturday night’s skit about Tiger Woods being abused by his wife Elin Woods? They did a fake CNN news cast with Tiger being shoved down stairs, through glass windows and finally being beaten over the head with his own golf club.

I have to admit that I did chuckle some. It’s hard not to laugh at Kenan Thompson’s big bugged-out eyes with a golf club bent over his head flashing secret messages for help. It’s not  funny in reality, and I actually felt bad for laughing.

I wish I hadn’t read a news story questioning whether the skit was inappropriate before watching it. (We didn’t watch until Sunday night.) I wonder if I would have perceived it differently then?

Was it less appropriate since Rihanna, a victim of domestic violence, was the guest singer on the show?  I wonder if it was funny to her? I wonder if they asked her it is was OK to do?

In a later skit called “Gossip Girl — Staten Island” (a take-off of “Gossip Girl”), they showed a Italian guy “hitting” his girlfriend – a third reference to spousal abuse.

What do you think: Was the Tiger skit funny or inappropriate? Was it less appropriate with Rihanna in the house? Why add a third reference to it? Is spousal abuse ever funny?

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JJ

December 7th, 2009
9:32 am

OK, now THAT was funny!!!! I’m crying over here!!!!

And no they didn’t go too far.

Photius

December 7th, 2009
9:50 am

No, they did not go too far. Tiger deserves everything he’s getting and SNL’s skit was very funny.

PT

December 7th, 2009
9:55 am

ITS HUMOR!! Relax and quit being so sensitive. Our society is too worried about offending someone or promoting something wrong. You could dissect anything and find fault in it. Would it be a hate crime if I farted and offended someone because I ate Mexican food last night. LIGTHEN UP!!!!

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December 7th, 2009
10:13 am

Its not tooo far, its humor.

If his wife did assault him, then it would be up to him to press charges against her.

Terry

December 7th, 2009
10:13 am

Thought it was so funny. Seems like we are hearing that this skit might have went to far. Well they skeptics and the fans did not complain as much when SNL did their skits about Sarah Palin. Guess you just can’t please everyone. It was a Coomedy Skit. GET OVER IT and god on.

Terry

December 7th, 2009
10:13 am

Thought it was so funny. Seems like we are hearing that this skit might have went to far. Well they skeptics and the fans did not complain as much when SNL did their skits about Sarah Palin. Guess you just can’t please everyone. It was a Coomedy Skit. GET OVER IT and go on.

Bob

December 7th, 2009
10:18 am

Very funny.. No it wasn’t too far..

Wendy

December 7th, 2009
10:20 am

I liked the skit. Tiger Woods chooses to be in the spotlight and he made some mistakes. Funny!

don newell

December 7th, 2009
10:23 am

Was that really a skit?????????????

DB

December 7th, 2009
10:24 am

Why is such a skit considered “too far” on Tiger Woods, and all the years of mocking the President of the United States was considered “funny”? Honestly, I really haven’t felt that SNL was that funny in the last 15 years — to date myself, I still miss the original cast, even though several of them are dead. It has a few moments of brilliance, but otherwise, it’s gotten pretty crude and boring.

Frankly, I don’t think ANYONE “deserves” to be lambasted in this way, in public. Did Tiger ever ask to be a public figure? No — he just wanted to win some golf games. He’s spent his entire life carefully guarding his privacy. It’s the PUBLIC who has built him up into some sort of tin saint, and it’s the public who suddenly feels “betrayed” because Saint Tiger is a human being who made a whopper of a mistake. He doesn’t owe the public anything and if the same public that decided to build him up into some icon of holier-than-thou now feels “betrayed”, then the public ought to be looking at itself and wonder why it needs to make heroes of people who hit a ball (or throw a ball, or bat a ball, or whatever . . . )

Michael

December 7th, 2009
10:26 am

Humor has an element of truth in it; in this case, the entire truth – no wonder Tiger had to go outside his marriage for some companionship. Thanks for posting the video, it’s really funny!

Pickle

December 7th, 2009
10:27 am

As a former victim of domestic violence, all I an say to all of you insensitive people who overlooked the real life victims of domestic violence and found the skit funny, is that I agree with you, and I am sure Rihanna laughed out loud when she first saw it also. Laughter is a cure, not a cause, and being able to see outside one own self to the hilarity of a situation is the best thing in the world for ones mental health. And the skit was very, very funny.

Yeah, JJ is right...

December 7th, 2009
10:27 am

…that WAS funny! Had to close my office door so the folks outside could not hear my out loud laughter!

And, Tiger DOES need to hold a press conference (if there are no more surprises out there!) and get the public “journalistic” lashing completed – only then will he, and they, be able to move forward. But, I guess that will have to wait until his face heals so that he can be seen in public.

FCM

December 7th, 2009
10:39 am

I still don’t get why this is news (ala CNN). I do get why infidelity is a Mom topic though. Although we discussed it last week and when Jon was outted.

SNL is a satire and no they did not go too far.

new stepmom

December 7th, 2009
10:44 am

That was funny. That is all there is to say!

Andrea

December 7th, 2009
10:44 am

The skit was classic SNL. Nothing more in my opinion. Rhianna has been very vocal about moving on past her experience and I think it is a stretch to try to connect the two issues.

oneofeach4me

December 7th, 2009
10:54 am

I agree with Pickle that laughter is a tool to healing. I don’t think it went too far.. in my mind it’s just humor. They are taking a current event topic and using it as story substance.

Of course it’s not okay for anyone to be abused, male or female. I am betting though that the only person not laughing at this skit was Tiger.

JATL

December 7th, 2009
11:04 am

It’s HILARIOUS! Why would you feel bad for laughing? It’s C-O-M-E-D-Y! If you’re uptight about SNL or any other jokes that have been going on about this, then you really need to relax! I’m sure Rihanna couldn’t have cared less about any of the skits they did -she probably thought they were all funny.

Bobby Stanton

December 7th, 2009
11:08 am

It was just plain funny! Tiger’s a big boy; he can handle it.

CC

December 7th, 2009
11:44 am

It was funny. I don’t think SNL went to far. Tiger is a public figure and he knows his personal life will be broadcast for all to see. Shame on him for putting his family through this.

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JJ

December 7th, 2009
12:05 pm

Why do men do this? They claim to LOVE their wife and kids, but they still stray. Is it because they are in the public eye and women constantly throw themselves at celebrities?

My mom and I were talking about this yesterday. Why, if you make vows to stay with one person, do you stray? If a man truly LOVES his wife, he should not be tempted to stray. What goes through the mind…….and why do you knowingly hurt your family and put them through this turmoi.? You have to know that you are going to get caught. How does someone knowingly enter into a relationship with someone outside the marriage? Then you come up on tv and apologize for your transgressions. If you were truly sorry, you never would have “gone there” in the first place. ANd I think that when someone like Tiger apologies, it’s only because he got caught!!!! They aren’t sorry for the trangressions, they are sorry they got caught. Imagine how long it would have gone on if Elin had never found out.

I just don’t get it, and maybe that’s why I am not married.

The Poet

December 7th, 2009
12:12 pm

Funny! Kinda of stupid, but still funny. Rihanna was real life… T.V. shows are not. So all of you… Political Correct people, who sue if someone says you did not smile today… PLEASE GET A LIFE.

Eric

December 7th, 2009
12:15 pm

That was funny, and no, I didn’t feel bad laughing. It’s humor, nothing more. It doesn’t change my view on the topic at all. It actually makes me feel a little more sympathetic towards Tiger. But when will people, especially celebrities, realize that they are constantly in the public eye. That with technology these days, you can be up on the internet in a matter of hours. Just because you are who you are, whoever you maybe, it doesn’t excuse your actions based on poor decision making. Whether your Paris making a porn, Lohan DUI, or George Michaels getting caught in the stall with a dude. You don’t want to get caught doing something you shouldn’t be doing…don’t do it. Or at the very least, be much, much more smarter about it. Buck up and face the music. It could be worse.

MaryKay

December 7th, 2009
12:15 pm

Theresa, you said that the Gossip Girl skit was a third reference to spousal abuse. Third? There were only two that I know of. (1) Tiger Woods’ skit and (2) Gossip Girl skit.

Rihanna singing is not a reference to spousal abuse. It’s merely a woman singing. Please don’t label her as in that way.

Laurie

December 7th, 2009
12:17 pm

@Eric – you’re sympathetic towards Tiger? What, because he got caught after have sex outside of marriage for such a long time? Poor baby.

Wow, what a great guy you are.

Just heard on ESPN radio...

December 7th, 2009
12:20 pm

…that there are now atleast 9 women involved with Tiger who have come forward so far (MSN only said 6 earlier this morning); and they also said the Elin has left the building and that they are indeed separated. Whether she will go back is not knowm, but my bet is that once this cools down, and if Tiger is REALLY REALLY remorseful, she will return, for the sake of the kids.

Eric

December 7th, 2009
12:23 pm

In regards to JJ’s comment… Women can be and are just as bad as men when it comes to infidelity. I’ve known women who have left their family (husband and kids) for another guy. I’ve known women who were so demeaning that they took their lovers to their own bed…and get caught. Don’t kid yourself, or you maybe alone for the rest of your life. Not everyone (man or woman) are like that. But you’ll never know that unless you give it a chance. Just don’t be like those people who jump into things quickly and head first. I can never understand how some people can get married after only being with each other for a year or less. Dang, it took me at least a year to really find out who my girlfriend (wife now) is. Took another 2 years before we decided to tie the knot. We both felt it was something we needed to take things one day at a time with. And we still have our own time to do our own things. Makes us miss each other that much more.

Sorry, Laurie...

December 7th, 2009
12:25 pm

…I don’t think Eric was necessarily being sympathetic toward El Tigre’ – he was only saying that IF (that should really be WHEN) guys and gals make this choice they should at least be MUCH smarter about NOT making PUBLIC mistakes, like leaving cell phone voice mail or text messages or emails, etc, ESPECIALLY if they are in the public spotlight like Tiger, Michael Jordan, Charlie Sheen, etc (seems like only men on this list, but we all know that in the everyday hum drum life like most of ours the women do this, too).

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 7th, 2009
12:30 pm

hey Mary Kay — I’m not trying to put her in a box but I can’t help but see her and think about what happen to her. I’m watching her perform thinking about domestic abuse. Had she not been the singer I would have said two references. Obviously, she didn’t talk about it or refer to it but she is reminder so soon to it happening that it did happen to her.

Producer

December 7th, 2009
12:38 pm

Heck no, it didn’t go too far! It was funny as hell! Would it have gone to far if the skit portrayed a man beating a woman? Yes. But since it was the other way around it is fine. Thank God for a necessary double standard!!

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December 7th, 2009
12:48 pm

Who is Blake Livley anyway?

cld

December 7th, 2009
1:05 pm

I hear Tiger is thinking of changing his name to Cheetah . . .

No, I don’t think it went too far. I think it’s funny. Would I think they’re going too far if they showed a man beating up his unfaithful wife? Yes. So maybe it’s unfair for me to find it funny when the roles are reversed. But if I were Elin, I would have taken a golf club to him, too.

doublestandardsdoexist

December 7th, 2009
1:23 pm

Theresa…..Let’s face the first and most OBVIOUS hypocrisy here….you felt so bad for laughing at the depiction of tiger getting teed up on that you just had to ask if spousal abuse is ever funny. I’m just wondering if later in the show had Rhianna been involved in a skit where she re-enacted getting smacked around by Chris Brown in a lighthearted funny way (not that I know how anyone could pull that off), would you have poised a similar question as to whether that was funny or not…or would you have laughed (however reluctantly) at all where a woman took a beating.

e

December 7th, 2009
1:30 pm

the skit was damn funny! loved it!

Tiger needs me on his PR team

December 7th, 2009
1:35 pm

Here’s what Tiger needs to do.

A) Wire $30M into Elin’s bank account.
B) Announce that he’s getting a divorce.
C) Hold a press conference honestly saying that he is very ashamed, regretful, and sorry for his actions and the pain he has caused his wife, kids and other loved ones.
D) Announce during the above press conference that the most important goals for him now are to ensure that Elin is provided for in the future so that she can be the best mother to his children that she can be. Also, the only long term goal he has on his agenda as of this time is to be the best father to their children that he can be. In addition, he’s going to seek professional help to evaluate the manner in which he views his relationship and try to ensure that he will not make the same mistakes to those he loves in the future.
E) End the press conference and live up to the commitments in A, B, and D.
F) Start playing golf again and win.
G) Bang as many young, single, chicks as he pleases.

Problem solved.

For those of you who doubt the guaranteed success of my plan, I’ve got two names for you. (1) Kobe Bryant…the dude was accused of RAPE and he’s back to being the golden boy. (2) George Clooney..the dude is single and no one has the right or inclination to criticize him for having muliple relationships.

1911A1

December 7th, 2009
1:42 pm

They missed an opportunity to spoof Wolfie. Blitzer’s such a drama queen.

Sarah

December 7th, 2009
1:50 pm

I thought it was funny. If there are 9 women so far (as one of the other posters said) he deserves everything he gets. He needs to take lessons from my boyfriend. We have been seeing each other for 6 years and his wife hasn’t found out yet! lol

Tiger needs me on his PR team

December 7th, 2009
1:55 pm

I think the first time I posted this it got lost…so if this is a duplicate, my apologies.

Tiger needs to do the following:

A) Wire $30M into Elin’s bank account.
B) Start divorce proceedings immediately.
C) Hold a press conference announcing the divorce honest apologize for the pain he caused Elin, the kids, and other loved ones.
D) Announce in press conference his only long term goals at this time are (1) to ensure that Elin’s transition to single mom goes smoothly so that she can be the best mother she can be, (2) that he is committed to being the best father possible to his children in these difficult times, and (3) seek professional help to assist him in how he deals with relationships with those he loves.
E) End the press conference and live up to the commitments in A-D.
F) Start playing golf again…and winning
G) Bang as many (or few) young, hotties as he pleases.

Problems solved.

For those of you doubt the plan I’ve got two names for you, (1) Kobe Bryant…the dude was accused of RAPE and he’s now back to being the golden boy, and (2) George Clooney, not married and no one has the inclination or right to criticize who he is involved with.

The American People

December 7th, 2009
1:55 pm

People still watch that garbage? It stopped being good like 15 years ago.

Andrea

December 7th, 2009
1:57 pm

I think some of these women are looking for a quick paycheck. The ones that can substantiate their claims (msgs, vm’s, etc.) are legit. But I am beginning to think some of the others are just trying to get a quick payday.

Memories

December 7th, 2009
2:00 pm

Major Championships :
Tiger Woods – 14
Phil Mickleson – 3

PGA Tour wins :
Tiger Woods – 71
Phil Mickleson – 37

European Tour Wins :
Tiger Woods – 38
Phil Mickleson – 6

Andrea

December 7th, 2009
2:01 pm

I am not so sure Elin would leave. Unless she became a citizen, she may have a bigger problem on her hands. If the security camera does in fact catch her hitting him, she could be arrested for domestic assault. If she is not a citizen and is convicted of a crime, she could be deported. I don’t think she would be deported but the potential could be there.

Andrea

December 7th, 2009
2:05 pm

One more thing, Tiger really needs to expand his horizons. If you are going to cheat, you should UPGRADE. The collective IQ of all of these checks, er chicks, is 10.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

December 7th, 2009
2:07 pm

Ahhhhh but Andrea…i bet they were naughty, NAUGHTY girls.

JJ

December 7th, 2009
2:11 pm

It’s a shame, and really NONE of our business. The media is responsible for all this attention. Once again, the almightly dollar speaks!!!!

I certainly am not losing sleep over this…..

Andrea

December 7th, 2009
2:12 pm

@PR Team: LOL – you are probably right. I am sure his affinity with them must not be their abilities to converse!

Andrea, Andrea, Andrea...

December 7th, 2009
2:17 pm

…I believe you have to have someone press charges in order to be charged with abuse – and that is mainly what the coverup is about – Tiger has no intentions of accusing her, and he has made that clear from the outset. So, she is not facing anything related to problems if/when she decides to leave.

And, a lot of what “Tiger’s PR team” says (mainly c-f) makes a lot of sense in how to handle the fallout at this point. A & B may happen naturally, so the real PR is C – F.

Tiger needs me on his PR team

December 7th, 2009
2:17 pm

I would disagree with you Andrea…I think they have very specific vernaculars and vocabularies in contexts that 90% of the women on this blog have ever been able to physically utter to their husbands and/or boyfriends! Hell…80% of the women here probably can’t even THINK the things they probably said out loud to Tiger without going to confession!

Andrea

December 7th, 2009
2:22 pm

@PR Team: Does “ooh, spank me, you’re the best on and off the course” count? LOL!! That would of course venture back to the earlier blog about the low sex drive of some women. And for the love of God and all that is holy, we don’t even want to touch that topic again.