Justin Bieber was beyond horrible as the host of Saturday Night Live. A few of the sketches were moderately funny (despite his participation in them), but my problem with Justin … as a rule and emphasized on SNL … is that he tries way too hard to pull off the sexy, intense, “Hey girl” vibe … and watching it makes me feel like an unwilling pedophile.
Yes, I do understand that they were playing up that angle on SNL and it was supposed to be funny … but it wasn’t, and the reason is because he clearly believes that’s who he is and how he’s perceived. Sadly, however, it’s only suburban, white girls, aged 10 to 13, who actually do perceive him that way.
And lest you misunderstand me … I have nothing against suburban white girls in that age group … I used to be one … it is possible, however, that their opinions are terrible.
The sketch everyone’s talking about is the Miley Cyrus Show, in which Justin, in full nerd gear, plays the president of Miley’s fan club. It gained attention for two reasons. First, in a hilarious twist, the character played by Justin makes fun of Justin Bieber (get it? it’s funny because he’s making fun of himself … so clever!) calling him(self) a douche and saying that he looks like a lesbian. (He also says that he heard that Justin still has his baby teeth, which is actually kind of funny.) Then … and this is the biggie … Justin, as Miley’s nerdy superfan, says:
“I also heard [Justin Bieber] got busted for smoking weed and he’s really sorry about it and that people make mistakes and he’s never gonna do it again.”
He’s owning his mistakes like a big boy! Luckily, the police were not there to arrest sweet little Justin after that clear admission of his weed-smoking past.
One skit that had some potential was a spoof of Grease’s Summer Lovin’ scene. A gaggle of girls surround a poodle-skirted Cecily Strong as she sings about her new beau, while the boys egg on Justin as he sings about about his new chick. The premise was funny, but it was ruined in the last few seconds when Justin broke into unnecessary and self-indulgent, full-on R&B vocals, that had the afore-mentioned 10-year old girls planning their dream weddings to him and everyone else on earth changing the channel.
The funniest parts of the show (other than Weekend Update, which is always hands-down the best part of the show) were a sketch that had Taran Killam playing a Will Ferrell-style, doofy older brother to Nasim Pedrad, and a sexy Valentine video segment. The Valentine one wasn’t really funny overall … again due to the misguided attempt to capitalize on Justin’s sex appeal … but at one point Justin takes a photo down his pants and says “Check your email Hillary Clinton.” That’s funny.
This must have been a rough weekend for little Justin, bombing on SNL and then being shut out of the Grammies. Poor kid. I do feel badly being harsh about him because he does seem sweet. But I’m truly grossed out when he tries to act sexy. I don’t want to see his abs … I’m sure they’re lovely, but I’m just not interested. At all.