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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?