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By: MICHELE BLOOD | February 26, 2023


Photo by: Rosalind OConnor/NBC via Getty Images

Woody Harrelson’s “Saturday Night Live” monologue garnered instant backlash and praise over commentary hinting at government’s collusion with media and the medical industry to require COVID vaccines.

“So, the movie goes like this,” 61-year-old Harrelson begins. “The biggest drug cartels in the world get together and buy up all the media and all the politicians and force all the people in the world to stay locked in their homes. And people can only come out if they take the cartel’s drugs and keep taking them over and over.”

Harrelson set up the bit by joking about a script he was reading in 2019 in Central Park while smoking marijuana. He concluded the joke with, “I threw the script away. I mean, who was going to believe that crazy idea? Being forced to do drugs? I do that voluntarily all day.”

Twitter CEO Elon Musk was quick to add his thoughts as social media approached meltdown over Harrelson’s routine.

“So, based. Nice work @nbcsnl!” Musk tweeted.

Musk used a bullseye target emoji to respond to a post by @KanekoaTheGreat. @KanekoaTheGreat had joked about media’s apparent hypocrisy in its own response to Harrelson’s joke.

Musk also responded to users @EndWokeness and @ImMeme0 who commented on the media’s instant, negative response to Harrelson suggesting media had colluded with government and the medical industry.

“Maybe they don’t realize that their propaganda is wrong?” Musk tweeted.

Rolling Stone was out at 12:37 a.m. Sunday morning with a piece blasting Harrelson’s monologue as “bizarre.” In the piece, the author says Harrelson has a “history of strange anti-science remarks during the COVID pandemic.”

The outlet tweeted about Harrelson’s joke, saying it amounted to spreading “conspiracy theories.”

Rolling Stone was joined by multiple left-leaning outlets in panning Harrelson’s monologue. Others included Variety, the Daily Beast, and HuffPost. The tenor of the pieces was negative, and cast Harrelson’s jokes as “anti-vax.”

A native Texan and long time advocate of marijuana decriminalization, 61-year-old Harrelson was cast as character Woody on “Cheers” in 1982. He later starred in many hit films including “Doc Hollywood,” “White Men Can’t Jump,” “Indecent Proposal,” “No Country for Old Men,” and “The Hunger Games.”

Harrelson’s latest film, “Champions,” is coming to theaters on March 10, Movie Insider reports.

Watch Harrelson’s Saturday Night Live monologue below.

Woody Harrelson Monologue – SNL


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