Bravo Aer Lingus, bravo. The Irish national airline's Twitter game is usually pretty strong, but they took it to new heights in response to Saoirse Ronan's bizarre "SNL" sketch. Ronan played the part of an Aer Lingus air hostess in a plane filled with dogs, for some reason? The sketch also featured Kate McKinnon wearing an Aran sweater and a few jokes about potatoes.
The airline began early in saying, "Apparently, we were written into an
#SNL sketch last night! So... what did you think?" That tweet offered a poll asking people what they thought of the skit. At the time of writing, 65 percent of people had a negative reaction.
Aer Lingus then channeled U.S. President Donald Trump in tweeting:
Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Ronan impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad
They stopped short of calling 'SNL' "fake news" but the tweet quickly went viral. At the time of writing, the message has nearly five thousand likes. The tweet referenced one of Donald Trump's many infamous tweets. In December 2016, the president took time out to tweet about the show saying, "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad." Famously, Alec Baldwin replied to the tweet saying, "Release your tax returns and I'll stop. Ha."
The sketch itself has come in for plenty of criticism on Twitter. The Sunday World's Daragh Keany wrote, "Can we all be clear about something because twitter seems to be getting it’s knickers in a twist again...that #SNL sketch last night with Saoirse Ronan on an @AerLingus flight was NOT insulting. It was just utterly s***."