All in fun? That’s debatable.
Justin Timberlake pushed social media into frenzy this past weekend after he appeared to poke fun of Hugo Chávez’s death on Saturday Night Live. In the unprecedented skit, the 32-year-old played a younger version of Elton John and soulfully belted out lyrics about the late Venezuelan president in his supposed memorial service. Chávez, who was 58, died of a massive heart attack on March 5. The president had also been suffering from cancer.
“Good bye, Hugo C. you had such great style and panache, you were a man of the people… and you liked to wear a sash,” a glittery Timberlake crooned in front of a piano, complete with Elton John-esque tinted glasses. An image of Chávez in, indeed, a sash, appeared behind Timberlake on the screen.
“You called George Bush the devil when you spoke at UN,” Timberlake continued in the song, “you said it smelled like sulphur and you called him Mr. Danger.” Who could ever forget that speech? It was one of Chávez’s most outrageous moments – one that we conveniently listed here.
“It seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind, if a candle could pull out two pistols at a press conference,” Timberlake continued.
Another jab at the late Venezuelan leader included making “a country the kidnapping capital of the world, which also increased milk production by almost 50 percent.” Back in 2011, The Washington Post reported that Venezuela led its region in abductions, surpassing Colombia, which was once notorious for that.
Some who watched Timberlake’s parody took to Twitter in anger over it, while others found it humorous. Seeing as though many Venezuelans are still in mourning over their leader’s passing, we could see how the skit might have rubbed salt in their wounds. That’s SNL for you – nothing is off limits!
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