This weekend’s episode of Saturday Night Live had a Canadian-themed skit that poked fun of Quebecois accents, CBC, Degrassi, and the country’s obsession with Drake.
The sketch had guest host Issa Rae play a correspondent in Toronto for a French-Canadian news channel’s piece titled “Bonjour — Hi.”
Rae stood in front of a green screen of Toronto’s skyline, holding a CBC microphone in front of the CN Tower.
Rae and the two “Quebec news anchors” used questionable French accents as they chatted about whether or not they had seen Drake that day.
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The correspondent said she confused Drake with a man in a wheelchair, referencing the rapper’s character on the actual Canadian series, Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Welcome to 𝗕𝗼𝗻𝗷𝗼𝘂𝗿-𝗛𝗶! pic.twitter.com/EyxsZsl4V5
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) October 18, 2020
The skit ended with the anchors performing karaoke to Céline Dion, and Canadian reactions to the skit were not very positive.
What? Toronto? Parisian accents? What did I just watch?
— sc71 (@belafia71) October 18, 2020
— Stu Schwartz (@StuntmanStu) October 18, 2020
Yeah in Toronto we have reporters with French accents from Paris. Mais voyons donc mes taberouetes!
— TheMarth (NiCaComic) (@TheMarthaChaves) October 18, 2020
GOD!! This was painful to watch !!
— OMAR S TAINO🇵🇷 (@1stCasanovaFly) October 18, 2020
You do realize that Toronto is in Ontario and not Quebec? pic.twitter.com/UygtO3zGme
— Jeff Collins (@Ottawatallguy) October 18, 2020
This bit was painfully bad
— Cindy LeCuyer Nestberg (@CindyNestberg) October 18, 2020
That’s not a bon quebecquois accent
— Nicholas Lefaivre (@NLefaivre) October 19, 2020
This is what I think of your sketch. pic.twitter.com/2sRuk2BVrl
— Ryan Casket ⚰️👻 (@ryan_hassett) October 18, 2020
Cringe level: 9999. This was painful to watch.
— Tommy Pilon (@PilonTommy) October 18, 2020
— Justin ”Mostly Peaceful” Tucker 🇺🇸🎃 (@Blackhawks19x_x) October 19, 2020
“Bonjour — Hi” wasn’t the only Canuck element on SNL this past weekend, as Toronto-born Jim Carrey played US presidential candidate Joe Biden and Ontario-native Justin Bieber performed.
After doing remote episodes due to the lockdown at the end of last season, SNL is back on air from the Rockefeller Center in New York.