Saturday Night Live has been criticised for a sketch in this weekend’s episode which promoted several Irish stereotypes.
Irish actor Saoirse Ronan – the star of Greta Gerwig’s new film, Lady Bird – was the guest host on the long-running US comedy show. Her fellow countrymen U2 were the musical guests.
One sketch saw Ronan appear as an Aer Lingus flight attendant that referenced several Irish stereotypes.
“We get it, Irish people like dogs and poetry and potatoes and our accents are funny. Classic,” Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow wrote of the sketch on Twitter.
One Twitter user wrote: “Can you die from second-hand embarrassment?,” while another accused Ronan of “play[ing] up her begorrah and bejaysus Oirish paddywackery shtick”.
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
Can you die from second-hand embarrassment? https://t.co/4MCRO4qTzZ
— Brian Lloyd (@BrianMLloyd) December 3, 2017
It was so wrong that I actually wondered if it was a meta-comment on terrible Oirish accents and sketches.
— Trish Byrne (@TrishByrne) December 3, 2017
Aer Lingus have since responded to the sketch, parodying Donald Trump in their tweet. See that below.
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
Elsewhere during the episode, Saoirse Ronan performed a song to help people pronounce her name.
In her opening monologue, Ronan joked: “It is so great to be here hosting the St Patrick’s Day episode of Saturday Night Live – just a few months early!”
She continued: “Yes, I am very Irish and I have an extremely Irish name – some would say too Irish. It’s Saoirse. It means freedom. But, you see, I have a little problem. It’s spelled… well, it’s spelled wrong. It’s a full typo.”