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SNL Tebow Sketch

December 19, 2011 by staff 

SNL Tebow SketchSNL Tebow Sketch, Frankly, I wasn’t a big fan, because for some reason I continue to expect more from SNL despite continued evidence in recent years that they are not capable of it anymore on a consistent basis.

Though some may have a general problem with the basic idea of the skit itself from a religious standpoint – especially having Jason Sudeikis portray a sarcastic, sports-loving Jesus – I take no issue with that aspect of it. As far as I’m concerned, anything and everything is fair game for humor or satire. I actually think that, when done right, ironic representations of religious or historical figures can be funny and even illustrative…but they need to be well done, and this one really wasn’t.

Sudeikis did what Sudekis does, and he did have a few clever lines. I think my biggest issue with the skit is the portrayal of Tebow, who Taran Killam portrays as basically a buffoon who acts around Jesus like a prepubescent girl might around Justin Beiber. I get that Tebow is very forthright with his religion, and I’ve read many an account of him “behind the scenes” that describes him as somewhat goofy and giggly, but he is also a well-rounded, composed young man who is far more deserving of respect and admiration than mockery or criticism. Even in a four minute skit there is ample time to give me a more 3-dimensional portrayal of Tebow than just a praying, cheesy-smiling, all-up-in-Jesus’ face caricature.

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