Aaron Rodgers’ COVID-19 stance has now entered the realm of late-night comedy shows, as “Saturday Night Live” attacked the Packers quarterback following news of his unvaccinated status earlier in the week.
“SNL” featured Rodgers, played by comedian Pete Davidson, in a cold open during its last episode. Davidson’s character appeared in a Fox News parody segment hosted by Jeanine Pirro (played by Cecily Strong) to discuss her diagnosis with the coronavirus and whether she lied about the vaccine.
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Strong introduces Davidson’s character, sporting a fake beard, long hair, and hat, saying, “Our first guest is brave enough to say ‘Fuck you, science. I know Joe Rogan.’ Please welcome him. NFL MVP, Aaron Rodgers ”.
(Strong’s reference to Rogan is a nod to the fact that Rodgers claimed to have taken monoclonal antibodies, ivermectin, zinc, vitamin C and D, and hydroxychloroquine after discussing the issue with the podcast host. The FDA has spoken out against of the use of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine as a means to prevent or treat COVID-19).
“Aaron, you’re not vaccinated,” says Strong’s character Pirro. “So what? Who the hell cares? It’s your body, your choice. And please don’t ever use that quote for other problems.”
“Exactly Jeanine,” Davidson replies. “It’s my body and my COVID. And I can give it to whoever I want. But all of a sudden, the awakened mob is after me. It’s gotten so bad that State Farm called me and they won’t even offer me the Rodgers rate.”
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Strong’s character then asks Rodgers if he lied about being vaccinated, a real topic of discussion, considering that Rodgers in late August said he was “immunized” against the disease.
“I never lied. I got all my teammates together, pulled their faces 3 inches away from my wet mouth, and said, ‘Trust me, I’m more or less immunized. What a team!’
“People can talk all they want,” Davidson continued. “But at the end of the day, my record is still 7-1. I mean, out of the eight people I’ve infected, seven are fine.”
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Below is the parody in its entirety:
Rodgers has been criticized for the reasons he gave for why he has not been vaccinated, adding that he took alternative forms of treatment to prevent him from catching the disease. (Everything he said in the interview with Pat McAafee has been debunked by the FDA or the CDC.) He also criticized the “awakened mob” for their criticism of him.
Other than that, Rodgers has also lost a professional association with the Green Bay-based medical organization Prevea Health. The group announced Saturday that it had cut ties with the quarterback because his views on the state did not align with those of the group.
Due to his unvaccinated status, Rodgers will miss Sunday’s game against the Chiefs. He is eligible to return no earlier than November 13. He’s also in danger of missing Green Bay’s Week 10 game against the Seahawks.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.