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Elon Musk Gen Z Sketch Slammed For ‘Unbearable Levels Of Cringe’

by : Cameron Frew on : 09 May 2021 16:25
Elon Musk Gen Z Sketch Slammed For 'Unbearable Levels Of Cringe'Saturday Night Live/YouTube

Viewers have taken aim at Elon Musk’s ‘Gen Z Hospital’ sketch on Saturday Night Live, dubbing it ‘unbearably’ cringe-worthy. 

Many people were apprehensive about the Tesla and SpaceX boss’s stint as host, especially after teasing such zingers as ‘Irony Man’ on Twitter. However, his opening monologue was a resounding success, honing Musk’s demeanor and trademarks hilariously.

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However, as the show progressed onto the sketches, problems arose when Musk joined Kate McKinnon and others to make fun of today’s teenage slang.

Twitter user KnowNothing shared a clip of the skit, writing, ‘SNL‘s Gen Z Hospital sketch might just be the worst thing I have ever witnessed. Unbearable levels of cringe.’

It features Musk as a doctor talking to a group of friends asking for the ‘tea’ on their ‘bestie’ who took a ‘major L’ while driving. It goes on for quite some time.

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Among other reactions, one user wrote, ‘I wonder how much they had to pay the audience to watch, let alone laugh, at this sh*t.’ Another commented, ‘I mean SNL has been sh*t for years… but my god this was exceedingly cringe even for them.’

Another pointed out, ‘I think this is the first time Gen Z has had to feel the abject cringe about a comedy show co-opting their slang and using it terribly wrong. Welcome to the big leagues now.’ A fourth wrote, ‘RIP to the terms and phrases brutally murdered by Elon and the SNL gang this evening.’

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While Dogecoin’s stock plummeted following the show, with Musk describing it as a ‘hustle’, others have joked that Gen Z Hospital somehow caused the price to drop. ‘Cringe episode, then Doge tanks right after that Gen Z Hospital skit,’ one user wrote.

Another tweeted, ‘This predicament is genuinely funnier than anything SNL has done in the last 10 years.’

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Film and TV, Elon Musk, Saturday Night Live