SNL Sketch Considered ‘Hate Crime’ for Poking Fun at Irish

Its only crime is being unfunny.

A Saturday Night Live sketch from over the weekend has some folks in Ireland upset because it pokes fun at their culture and because everyone is offended by everything these days.

The 4-minute sketch featured Academy Award-nominee and native Irish actress Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird) playing the part of an Aer Lingus flight attendant alongside SNL cast member Cecily Strong. As the two prepped the passengers for the flight, they let the stereotypes fly: they’re dressed in green, have thick accents, and mention the Irish’s love for dogs. The menu, of course, is all potatoes.

Apparently the outrage in Ireland was enough that The Irish Times wrote a screed dubbing the sketch “unfunny Paddywhackery,” according to Entertainment Daily. Aer Lingus airlines tweeted its outrage, which is weird because the company plays up the color green:

Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Ronan impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad



But the worst criticism, and the most unhinged of all, came from a Twitter user who actually believed the sketch constitutes a “hate crime.” How pathetic. One viewing and it’s easy to see that the only crime is how unfunny it truly is. But we're sure SNL has learned its lesson and will get back to making fun of conservatives and getting away with it next weekend.