Irish actor Saoirse Ronan hosted what she called the “St. Patrick’s Day episode” of Saturday Night last weekend. The 23-year-old and two-time Academy Award nominee shared plenty of jokes about her Irishness but it was a particular skit in which she played Aer Lingus air hostess Colleen Doyle that caused the Internet to light up.
Aer Lingus is the flag carrier airline of Ireland and the second-largest airline in the country. The sketch was about a cabin crew of an Aer Lingus flight from Dublin to Cork and unfortunately for Saoirse, it did not go down well with Irish viewers.
Apart from the Irish clichés like Aran jumpers and traditional music, the whole premise of the skit was that the pilot had a lot of dogs on board the flight but what that has to do with Ireland, was never explained.
Sharing the screen with SNL cast member, Cecily Strong, the Irish accents didn’t convince onlookers and the skit quickly racked up a lot of negative comments online.
Sweet lord Jesus. I've just see the SNL @AerLingus sketch. Apart from it being awful, I didn't understand the dog thing. Do we like dogs more than other countries? Is that a thing we're known for?
— Mrhairyman (@chiefhairyman) December 4, 2017
Watches the @AerLingus sketch with saoirse ronan on SNL nope not one single bit funny Just plain stupid – as for the accents ugh
— claire ronan (@Claire_Ronan) December 3, 2017
It turns out Aer Lingus themselves weren’t quite sure what to make of it either and in a light-hearted poll asked their followers whether they found it funny. Unfortunately for SNL, 66% of 3800 respondents have given it a thumbs-down.
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Ronan impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad
— Aer Lingus (@AerLingus) December 3, 2017
Saoirse Ronan has recently won universal praise for her upcoming role in Lady Bird. You can watch her full opening monologue below: