This past Saturday SNL decided to play a spoof on the controversy of the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Putin’s Anti-Gay Law. Since the popular belief that most male figure skaters are gay, the necessity for a heterosexual backup team seems to be high in the eyes of SNL. Watch and see for yourself.
I just find it interesting how the portrayal of the masculine heterosexual male is so one sided. In the first “performance” you have the skater mocking gay figure skaters by flaunting himself in a delicate manner while skating. Figure Skating is typically seen as a very feminine sport, so all the moves are choreographed, graceful, and poised. So a masculine male would either not know how to skate or just be terrible at it. SNL is implying that straight men cannot skate, which is pretty funny to think of when Evan Lysacek won the Gold in Men’s Figure Skating at the 2010 Olympics and he was heterosexual.
Although it was absolutely hilarious (in my eyes), I think it’s interesting how they associated gender with sexuality. The typical gay man is portrayed as an extremely flamboyant and feminine person with no masculine qualities what-so-ever. Whereas the heterosexual male is portrayed as how they were portrayed in the skit; vulgar, womanizing, uncharismatic, and uninterested. What do you think of this? Other than the fact that it’s funny.