Woody Harrelson’s opening speech during "Saturday Night Live," wherever he referenced nan COVID-19 pandemic and collaboration betwixt nan aesculapian manufacture and nan authorities to push vaccines, has sparked backlash online. And Twitter CEO Elon Musk chimed successful connected nan discussion.
Closing retired nan segment, Harrelson talks astir a movie transportation that included 1 of nan "craziest script" he’s read, which included nan "biggest supplier cartels" forcing group to stay successful their homes unless they agreed to return and support taking their drugs.
"So nan movie goes for illustration this," nan character explained. "The biggest drug cartels successful nan world get together and bargain up each nan media and each nan politicians and unit each nan group successful nan world to enactment locked successful their homes. And group tin only travel retired if they return nan cartel’s narcotics and support taking them complete and over."
Harrelson past joked: "I threw nan book away. I mean, who was going to judge that crazy idea? Being forced to do drugs? I do that voluntarily each day."
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Woody Harrelson, Jack White Episode 1839 -- Pictured: Host Woody Harrelson during Promos successful Studio 8H connected Tuesday, February 21, 2023 (Rosalind OConnor/NBC via Getty Images)
The comments were wide covered by media outlets, who called them "anti-vax" aliases "vax conspiracies."
Several group connected societal media continued nan speech — pinch galore group agreeing pinch nan character — past Musk chimed in.
"So based. Nice work," Musk responded.
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In different tweet, Musk suggested nan comments were spot connected and reflective of life successful nan U.S. complete nan past fewer years.
When 1 Twitter personification warned for group to "get fresh for nan meltdowns," Musk said: "Maybe they [media outlets] don’t recognize that their propaganda is wrong?"
Also connected Saturday, Musk shared a Babylon Bee article astir 26% of Americans that "still spot nan media."
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Harrelsons' opening speech included remarks astir political division and he described himself arsenic a "redneck hippie."
"You know, nan reddish successful maine thinks you should beryllium allowed to ain guns," he said. "The bluish successful maine thinks – squirt guns. So, I’m reddish and bluish which makes purple. I’m purple."
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He besides made a mention to smoking weed and made a joke astir why he prefers it to drinking alcohol.
Actor Woody Harrelson attends nan crippled betwixt nan Los Angeles Clippers and nan Atlanta Hawks astatine State Farm Arena connected January 28, 2023, successful Atlanta, Georgia. (Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
"The logic I for illustration herb much than intoxicant is because it makes maine consciousness good, nary hangovers and I ne'er aftermath up covered successful blood," he said.
Harrelson’s quality was his 5th clip hosting "SNL," which, for illustration galore companies crossed nan country, observe stringent COVID-related wellness information protocols astatine a clip erstwhile governments were enacting lockdowns.
Woody Harrelson, Jack White Episode 1839 -- Pictured: (l-r) Musical Guest Jack White, Host Woody Harrelson, and Chloe Fineman during Promos successful Studio 8H connected Thursday, February 23, 2023 (Rosalind OConnor/NBC via Getty Images)
Later successful nan show, Scarlett Johansson gave Harrelson a five-timers nine jacket.
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His past quality connected nan NBC drama show was on Thanksgiving 2019, earlier COVID-lockdowns were successful place.
Fox News' Andrew Mark Miller contributed to this report.