SNL‘s Tiger Woods skit continued the downward PR spiral for the champ. The Tiger Woods SNL skit not only made light of his alleged affairs, but turned him into a domestic abuse victim. Elin Nordegren had been suspected of attacking Woods before his car accident, though those rumors seemed to die down. Yet that was what the Woods SNL skit focused on, as he got punished for his transgressions again and again.
In the skit, Woods – impersonated by Kenan Thompson, of course – held a series of press conferences covered by The Situation Room. But with every slipup, and further confirmation of his affairs, Elin Nordegren – as played by host Blake Lively – kept sending Woods to the hospital.
Even after the Woods SNL skit, the show took a few more potshots at him on Weekend Update. But the bit between Woods and Nordegren took up much of the attention, and further cemented Woods’ new position as a living joke.
The bulk of this story broke when the show was on break, so they had a lot of material to use. Yet they used one of the oldest rumors, of Nordegren allegedly attacking Woods before the car accident that started it all. That rumor seemed to die down and get discredited – especially when the attention went towards Woods’ growing mistress collection. But the SNL skit used it as their big jokes to mock the scandal.
Other circumstances made the joke a bit off putting. Its main joke was domestic abuse – which can only be used for comedy when the woman does it, it appears. But SNL chose to joke about domestic abuse, on the week that Rihanna was a musical guest. Rihanna’s abuse at the hands of Chris Brown made headlines in the spring, and she is only now making a comeback.
Though the Woods story and Rihanna’s ordeal are two very different things, it is odd timing to joke about domestic abuse on the week Rihanna is on. But the Woods scandal is a lot funnier than the Rihanna/Chris Brown scandal, and more suited for comedy, even if it is a double standard.
In any case, the SNL Tiger Woods skit was the most noteworthy attempt to make fun of the saga – at least by late night comedy shows. The scandal itself is more outrageous than most parodies could be, so having Nordegren clobber Woods – even if she never did it in real life – was probably the best way for SNL to separate itself.
NBC.com- “Saturday Night Live – Tiger Woods Accident”
New York Times- “Did Saturday Night Live Go Too Far in Its Tiger Woods Skit?”