Saturday Night Live has run into a bit of turbulence over a weekend skit that some viewers are calling "insulting."
The NBC sketch comedy series made headlines Monday after the skit about Irish airline, Aer Lingus, went viral.
Totally biased, not funny and the Ronan impersonation just can't get any worse.
The comedy bit featured Irish actress Saoirse Ronan and SNL vet Cecily Strong as Aer Lingus flight attendants. It included several stereotypes about Irish people, such as a love of potatoes and dogs, and having thick accents.
The skit stirred up so much controversy in Ireland that The Irish Times published a lengthy article panning it as "unfunny Paddywhackery" – we're not exactly sure what that means, but it can't be good.
The story went on to say "national treasure" Saoirse Ronan – who's currently getting rave reviews for the film Lady Bird – "deserves better."
Aer Lingus was equally unimpressed and tweeted a statement mimicking President Donald Trump's recent criticism of the popular series.
"Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Ronan impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad," the tweet said.
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) 3 December 2017
The nearly four-minute skit featured Ronan and Strong dressed in green uniforms and speaking in heavy Irish accents, with Ronan sporting an unflattering bouffant bob hairstyle.
The jokes poked fun at the name Aer Lingus sounding like "cunnilingus."
The skit also featured Kate McKinnon as a member of the ground crew, complete with a hideous orange wig, orange safety vest and orange batons. She boarded the flight to reveal takeoff had been delayed because of a dog on the tarmac.
“It has sad eyes and the soul of Oscar Wilde. So we’re going to have to wait,” she said.
Things went downhill from there as a third flight attendant, played by Aidy Bryant, read the limited menu options: “We’ve got fingerling potatoes, we've got purple potatoes and we’ve got salmon,” she announced before correcting herself. “I'm Sorry. I misread that. The salmon is also potatoes.”
As the skit went viral Monday, it generated more than 990,000 views on SNL's YouTube page. But many people in Ireland took to Twitter to bash it, with one person even likening it to a "hate crime."
that aer lingus snl video is a hate crime
— rebecca (@rbcakn) 3 December 2017
Watched the Saoirse Ronan SNL Aer Lingus sketch today.
Pathetically unfunny. Painfully forced. Just awful.
The only redeeming feature was the dogs, which are of course considered deities here in Ireland (??)
— Jamie O Hara (@JamieO_Hara) 4 December 2017
Not sure whether I should laugh or cringe at the #SNL Aer Lingus skit. The bad accents, the ridiculous stereotyping or the dialogue.
— Sarah Louise (@SarahLouise21) 4 December 2017
Still, others said the skit wasn't that bad and told the critics to lighten up.
Are Irish people actually getting offended by the SNL Aer Lingus skit? Lol I found it decent
— Kyran (@lfckyran) 4 December 2017
why are people whinging over the SNL aer lingus sketch it's just a few harmless stereotypes, also I thought we've learned to just dismiss the boring american sense of humour??
— robyn (@talksoloud) 4 December 2017
You can watch the skit below: