Entertainment Saoirse Ronan defends her SNL Aer Lingus sketch on Irish stereotypes

00:36  10 december  2017
00:36  10 december  2017 Source:   ew.com

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Last weekend, Lady Bird star and awards season frontrunner Saoirse Ronan hosted Saturday Night Live … and poked some fun at her home country of Ireland in the process. — Aer Lingus (@ AerLingus ) December 3, 2017. Watch the full Saturday Night Live sketch above.

Saoirse Ronan has responded to criticism of her recent hosting stint on US show Saturday Night Live following accusations that her sketch about Aer Lingus played up to Irish stereotypes . Ronan , who is Oscar tipped for her lead performance in the forthcoming movie Lady Bird

  Saoirse Ronan defends her SNL Aer Lingus sketch on Irish stereotypes © Provided by TIME Inc.

Last weekend, Lady Bird star and awards season frontrunner Saoirse Ronan hosted Saturday Night Live… and poked some fun at her home country of Ireland in the process.

Not everyone back home was a fan of the sketch which featured Ronan and cast member Cecily Strong as two Aer Lingus flight attendants. Those in Ireland were quick to criticize the sketch, calling it racist and backwards.

“I am not anti-Aer Lingus! Listen, I collect my points on Aer Lingus, that’s how often I fly Aer Lingus. I shop local and eat Tayto!” the actress said on Irish talk show The Late Late Show. “It was so much fun and it was great to represent Ireland and great to have U2 on the show with me.”

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— Aer Lingus (@ AerLingus ) December 3, 2017. According to The Daily Mail, most responses at the time criticized the sketch for stereotyping , painting Ireland as “backward,” and even called it a “hate crime.” TAGSAer Lingus IRELAND Saoirse Ronan SNL .

Saoirse Ronan Defends Controversial ‘ SNL ’ Sketch : ‘The Show Is a Comedy’ — Watch. Some viewers felt the bit relied too heavily on Irish stereotypes . “I am not anti- Aer Lingus ! I collect my points! That’s how often I fly @ AerLingus !

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