NBC scrubs SNL’s Chavez send-up

NBC scrubs SNL’s Chavez send-up

SNLDid you happen to catch Justin Timberlake’s mock musical tribute to recently deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend? If you didn’t and would like to see it, you won’t find it on the NBC SNL page or even popular TV-viewing sites like Hulu.

The Blaze notes that the comedic bit, which served as the “cold open” and includes the tagline “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night,” has been scrubbed from most web video outlets, including YouTube. In its place, the network has posted an ad following by a cut to the opening credits.

The video, which features Timberlake riffing on Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind,” is still available below until the powers that be ferret it out and kill it.

The question is why NBC has chosen to kill it. The reason couldn’t be poor ratings. The Blaze’s Jonathan Seidl notes Saturday’s episode was the show’s highest-rated in 14 months. So was the skit scrubbed because it is “too soon”? Is it because of “fair use” laws that protect music from being parodied, as Seidl speculates?

Or is it because making light of a man great enough to deserve eulogies by former President Jimmy Carter and fellow liberals is disrespectful?

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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