Woody Harrelson Couldn’t Care Less About the Blowback to His ‘Saturday Night Live’ Monologue
After Woody Harrelson walked out onto the stage of Studio 8H at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and not-so-subtly insinuated that the COVID-19 pandemic was engineered by Big Pharma to sell vaccines this past February, he was subjected to a dogpile of criticism, think pieces and general online outrage — or, so he’s told.
While Twitter was in an uproar over an A-lister going on Saturday Night Live and claiming that a pandemic that killed millions was a hoax, Harrelson wasn’t listening. In fact, he’s never cared about what the internet thinks, because he’s never on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Reddit or any of the other social media platforms that lit up in anger over SNL being used to promote a conspiracy theory. In an Esquire interview with his White House Plumbers co-star Justin Theroux that was released yesterday, Harrelson was asked what his relationship is with the internet, to which he simply replied, “I don’t read it. It’s like when reviews come out for movies. I don’t look.”
When asked about the online uproar that his SNL monologue created, Harrelson glibly replied, “People told me it was, shall we say, trending. … I don’t look at that shit. I feel like, ‘I said it on SNL.’ I don’t need to go further with it.”
“It don’t change my life one bit. Not one bit if the mainstream media wants to have a go at you, right?” Harrelson said of the negative reaction to his monologue. “My life is still wonderful.”
Though the only healthy relationship with the internet is probably none at all, it does seem likely that the reason Harrelson had such a disbelieving attitude toward the dangers of COVID was because he was so disconnected from the actual damage being done in overflowing hospitals across the country. However, it’s interesting to see how consuming exactly zero online content led Harrelson to the same conclusions as your unemployed uncle who spent every moment of lockdown in the InfoWars comments section.