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Last night's season finale of Saturday Night Live was full of several funny gay-themed skits. There was one promoting New Xanax, which relieves the stress of attending spectacular gay summer weddings, and another in which Ben Affleck's "ex-gay" character tries to pray the gay away. He doesn't.

SNL also included a grand farewell for Bill Hader and his character Stefon, who is seen about to marry Anderson Cooper.

Watch two of the three (the Ben Affleck clip can be found here), AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. I think this was the best SNL skit I've seen so far. :)

    Posted by: Alexander | May 19, 2013 12:14:50 PM


  2. Never understood that character. And no
    kiss at the end? SNL has always been homophobic.

    Posted by: Mile | May 19, 2013 12:57:55 PM


  3. There were some bad skits, but overall I think it was one of the best SNLs I've seen in a long time. Not just because it was gay themed. The writing seemed more incisive. The ridiculousness of gay conversion camps is perhaps more bountiful material to work with than Melissa McCarthy's fatness, which is all her episode seemed to be about.

    Also loved Weekend Update's very relevant Oh REALLY segment.


    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 19, 2013 1:00:33 PM


  4. SNL Homophobic? You are an idiot.

    Posted by: David | May 19, 2013 1:08:33 PM


  5. Miles(?), maybe Bill Hader had a cold. Seriously, if you want to say SNL is homophobic you'd also have to say it's antiblack, anti suburban white, anti south bostonian, anti Republican, anti-liberal...am I done yet? Frankly though Stefon was amusing I welcome his "retirement" (well, until the 12 months it took Kristen Wiig to return as a guest...) It seemed a stereotypical, shopworn character, about 10-12 years behind its time. (I remember gay men like that when I somewhat more frequently visited NYC in the late 90s, early 2000s: I was in NYC the weekend before 9/11 to see british musician Matthew Herbert) My point is not that such people don't and won't always exist, but there would be more modern portrayals of an urban gay man that could be just as funny. Might I suggest a gay tiger dad who yearns to have over-achieving children?


    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 19, 2013 1:14:36 PM


  6. Is it weird that I cried a little bit at the end?

    Posted by: Jesrypo | May 19, 2013 1:43:21 PM


  7. Anderson Cooper is so media ho.....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | May 19, 2013 2:17:16 PM


  8. Do forgive my homo heresy while much of the gay Netscape is typically cooing about the three, count them, THREE “gay” SNL skits last night, but each followed their decades-old, moldly, paint-by-numbers Formula for The Gays. The Xanax for gay weddings, while employing the variable, “Not Like You & Me, Mr. & Mrs. America,” was passable, but the remaining two were built upon their more common “Gay as Freak” math, though, yes, I guess we should be thankful they didn’t resurrect the “Gay as Sexual Predator” variable most famously portrayed years ago, and in Best Of SNL specials reruns, by lusting Boy Scout Master Alex Baldwin. Stefon, need one say, has been their Resident Flaming Fag—who, OF COURSE, wore a BRIDAL veil at his wedding, and, OF COURSE, there was a gay football player guest too busy putting on more lipstick to pay attention to the ceremony. And as Ben Affleck was the only one in his skit [besides his character’s straight wife] who was not stereotypical to the point of cartoon freak like the “gay kids” he was addressing and his ex-lover complete with tacking ostrich feather fans, we’re guessing, as The Repressed Gay, he refused to do something like Jake Gyllenhaal was too clueless to reject years ago when he was guest host. Just like Oscar voters, the Hipper Than Thou SNL producers weren’t ready for nonstereotypical gay people, so in his opening bit as host some may remember they had him saying he wanted to give a special thank you to all the fans of “Brokeback Mountain,” at which point he tore off his suit to reveal he was wearing a black strapless evening gown, donned a wig, and launched into a falsetto [of course] version of “And I Am Telling….” That would have been fine if he’d just appeared in “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” but…. Yes, yes, yes, the show is all about The Mock of all kinds of people. But in virtually every skit about gays—which IMAGINE themselves, and are repeatedly received as, pro gay—the underlying message is that BEING gay IS a joke. Sorry, my calendar reads 2013 not 1953, and I see no reason to applaud anyone’s gay version of Minstrel Shows.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 19, 2013 2:26:37 PM


  9. Alan the resident AC hater been posting this everywhere already. Anderson is enjoying his life. Give it a try.

    Posted by: Jake | May 19, 2013 3:01:37 PM


  10. Thank you Michael Bedwell! My prob with snl has been throughout the years and not the somewhat gay inclusive stuff of late. BUT the newer stuff still goes for the tired limpwristed gay stereotypes to get a cheap joke. It is very lazy writing.

    Posted by: Mile | May 19, 2013 3:18:48 PM


  11. I'm assuming y'all feel the same hate, then, toward the stereotypes on "Modern Family"....

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | May 19, 2013 3:20:46 PM


  12. Yes, Kile, I do, particularly given they've never introduced any OTHER kind of gay character to the show. Class, can you say, "Pepper"? On top of that, I don't believe they've ever kissed, and, strangest of all, have not only not married [yes, they could travel to a state, as so many do, where they could marry],but have referred to each other at times as only "boyfriend." Dated. Tired. Cowardly. Funny? Sure, just like Franklin Pangborn and Stepin' Fetchit were.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 19, 2013 3:29:34 PM


  13. Canadians have to wait because the mosquitos and leeches at GlobalTV haven't made it available.

    Posted by: Randy | May 19, 2013 3:41:21 PM


  14. Bedwell et al,
    You have a point but I'm sure there are black people who cringe every time Kenan Thompson plays Al Sharpton...so what? An element of stereotyping has been part of the landscape of stage humor since Moliere. If you think that's wrong...fine...go a quixotic crusade against it that few will understand. Frankly I found the portrayal of the gay wedding you found passable to be the most odious of the skits. Why, really, should gay weddings induce anxiety in straight people? Seemed very forced to me.

    I do agree that years ago some of SNL's skits appeared to be coming from a place of genuine disdain for gays. I don't think that's the case anymore, except in the very general sense I already mentioned. "Stefon" is more much about lampooning the underground scenesters in NYC than it is about gays in general.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 19, 2013 3:41:22 PM


  15. Michael Bedwell, very well said! I felt the gay humor was a throwback to gay portrayals of 1975. I imagine the director giving direction to the "gay kids" at camp, saying, "You're playing GAY, see, you need to flap your hands around more and make silly faces. Otherwise, people won't know you're gay. And when you're GAY gay, it's so much funnier".

    In Stefon's wedding skit, I cringed at the wedding veil. I guess the veil could be attributed to Elaine's veil in "The Graduate", which they were sending up. And the oddballs in the pews were from Stefon's strange nightclub world, so I could see that. But the football player putting on lipstick really pissed me off. It was lazy humor from decades ago.

    It all reminded me of SNL's track record with "gay" as funny in and of itself, like with the odious "Gays in Space".

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 19, 2013 4:01:44 PM


  16. Well, what's funny to one person isn't to another, what's offensively stereotypical to one person is affectionate parody to another. Some use partner, some hate it and use boyfriend instead. Not everyone likes husband. Guess what? There's no prescription. It's all personal taste.

    Personally, I loved the Stefon character and this skit, with its celebration of Stefon-approved freaks, and thought it was a perfect farewell, funny and even a bit touching. And, though it wasn't one of the "gay" skits--I loved the Herpes bag bit with the tired porn girls, though I suppose some might find that insensitive to female porn stars. To each his own--yet the dreary and humorless always want to lecture others on what they simply MUST find offensive.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 19, 2013 4:01:48 PM


  17. Let me ask the gay people here a question. If you were a 13 year old boy watching these "gay" SNL skits with your friends or family last night, would it make you want to "come out" as gay to them? Do we really wonder why the most popular expression of school kids today is "that's SOO gay!" when we have SNL peddling the worst negative stereotypes about gay people for the usual cheap laughs?

    Posted by: Kieran | May 19, 2013 4:13:21 PM


  18. i dunno. i was a pretty darn gay kid, and i came from a family that not only never said anything anti-gay, ever, but also had no problem with gay people at all, no matter how "stereotypical" some may deem them to be.

    you say "worst negative stereotypes" - articulate with specifics, please. the specifics of what makes them inherently negative.

    kthanks :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 4:17:09 PM


  19. Wouldn't it be nice if people in Australia could actually watch these clips instead of being told they're not available for my region? I've never been able to see these clips to see how good they are.

    Posted by: Aussie Steve | May 19, 2013 4:18:12 PM


  20. dear folks with an issue about Gay Portrayals - please help a brother out by showing yourself via video so we can see exactly what type you'd like to see, which i assume is the type that you think you are.

    thanks in advance.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 19, 2013 4:28:58 PM


  21. Aussie Steve, I live in Mexico and the only place I can watch SNL clips is at mediaite dot com.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | May 19, 2013 4:44:24 PM


  22. Agree with Kiernan. The "joke" in a lot of SNL skits is that gays are weird, and 2 dudes together is itself gross and funny. That is the premise of 90% of Andy Samberg's gags. I note that there was no kiss at the end of the Weekend Update skit. That is because the joke had already been made - gay wedding as freak show. If they had written in a kiss, it would have been played for gross-out laughs.

    These skits are presented as being oh-so-hip about homosexuality, but in substance, they are no different from anti-gay garbage that would run on TV in the 70s.

    Posted by: Sam | May 19, 2013 4:58:28 PM


  23. two weeks after the biggest story in professional sports was Jason Collins having the courage to come out—yet SNL felt it necessary to seed the Stefon wedding guests with a black football player putting on more makeup? [I guess they would have made him a basketball player but sitting down his basketball jersey would have been less obvious that the football jersey and shoulder pads.] Sorry, Cool Jewels, but in 2013 still trades on Gays Are Freaks messaging. Yes, I'm sure they all have gay friends, and wouldn't vote against gay rights but they're telling those in their audience who would it's okay to feel superior. And, BRAVO, Kieran for articulating the larger point—the "negative" image it sends to emerging gay kids who aren't yet sophisticated enough to know that it's the judgment that being a fem male or a butch female [see end of Xanas for Gay Weddings skit] that's wrong not the characteristics themselves. In no way does SNL "say" "different" is OK—they "yell" again and again "different" is to be laughed at. Nor do they "say" there are all types of gays. Yes, the mock black stereotypes, too, but they also have "acceptable" black characters, too. If they've ever done a skit in which just being gay is "the joke," I've never seen it.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 19, 2013 5:15:01 PM


  24. 1. The humor of Stefon doesn't come from the fact that he's gay, it's teasing about the wackiness of NYC club scene.
    2. As Dastius pointed out, the veil in the wedding scene is a TOTAL nod to The Graduate; watch the movie.
    3. Take note; Stefon is 'involved' w/ Seth Meyers & Andy Cooper, but it's not played as 'that's unbelievable'.
    4. The Xanex ad stems from people's jealousy about gays & their friends, straight & gay, that just seem to always be having a better time than YOU. lol
    My point is... you can build whatever case you want, but there's A LOT of progress in those little segments.
    I hope Stefon & Seth get to share some quality time again this summer at The Pines. :)

    Posted by: petensfo | May 19, 2013 5:31:32 PM


  25. Should read: If they've ever done a skit in which just being gay ISN'T "the joke," I've never seen it.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | May 19, 2013 5:37:18 PM


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