SNL’s Titanic Iceberg Sketch Mocks Celebrity Cultural Backlash

A segment during SNL’s weekend update featured Bowen Yang as the iceberg that sank the Titanic in a parody of celebrity non-accountability culture.

This week Saturday night live He turned around the celebrity response to cancel culture – that is, celebrities who never seem to take responsibility for their actions. The part came during the weekend update segment, with host Colin Jost interviewing the iceberg that sank the Titanic, played by Bowen Yang, all the parody that skews the frivolous attitude of the celebrities who just want to get out of the controversy without even admitting their guilt in it.

It’s an ongoing pattern in celebrity culture, particularly in the wake of the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements. Several high-profile comedians and actors have tried to “reappear” in the wake of serious allegations of sexual assault, racism and other problematic behavior despite never leaving or having been canceled in the first place. When they do, their apology statements are often based on the same “apologize without acknowledgment” PR template, with the celebrity dodging true responsibility and then immediately dismissing it as the work of the cancellation culture. The fake apology has become so prevalent in celebrity culture in recent years that it has even sparked The Atlantic write about the phenomenon in 2019 and Consequence of sound in 2018.

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When Jost mentioned that it was the anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and asked Yang’s iceberg what had gone through his head the night of the fateful shipwreck, the iceberg got upset and replied “You know what, Colin? That was a long time ago. I’ve thought a lot to try to get over it“before reminding Colin that his publicist said there would be no question about his involvement in the destruction and death that befell him Titanic. It soon became a spiral towards the melting iceberg and presenting itself as the tragic victim, minimizing the events: “All that someone cares about is, like 40 or 50 people died or whatever.“Jost corrected the iceberg with”Well, it was fifteen hundred people …“causing the iceberg to squeal”,Why do you attack me?“and continually reduce the number of victims to fewer and fewer across the segment, as well as redirect blame to the ocean and the TitanicWhite Star Line shipping company.

The sketch also poked fun at the tendency for celebrities to decide that simply because they’re ready to move on, everyone else should be, too. “Why do people keep talking about this?“the iceberg complained, reminding Jost that he was there to promote his new album, not to talk about the past or the Titanic. It was a line that underscored the irony and cynical insincerity of so many celebrity “apologies” that far fewer people would continue to speak out about celebrity controversies if the celebrities in question had sincerely apologized and been held accountable for their actions. first.

However, while the sketch targeted celebrities and their unapologetic, conversely, it also had the secondary goal of gently poking fun at the public’s obsession with celebrity culture. Too often celebrities are asked to repeat the worst moments of their lives, such as public mental health collapses, shameful actions due to substance abuse, and past relationships that broke out, often years after these occurred. events. Particularly ghoulish celebrity entertainment journalists have made a career out of this, prompting some awkward interviews and even, occasionally, actors coming out of interviews, it is often understandable.

The sketch ended with the iceberg showing off a track from his new album, adding yet another layer to the sketch: When celebrities are “canceled”, they are almost never actually canceled. Instead, they just sit quietly for a while before launching into another lucrative project – watch Louis CK’s challenging “comeback” comedy tour just two years after being accused by multiple women of serious sexual assault. Or they’ll just use their money and connections to easily break into another industry with a big payday – see all the “disgraced” former Trump officials suddenly signing book deals and signing multi-million dollar contracts. Saturday night liveThe sketch scoffed at all of this, and with good reason. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem likely to affect things in any significant way.

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