Woody Harrelson Speaks Out After SNL Backlash

Woody Harrelson recently spoke to Esquire about the backlash he received for his “Saturday Night Live” monologue in February, which was met with criticism of COVID vaccine mandates. The 61-year-old actor stated that he doesn’t pay attention to the reaction he receives online and that it doesn’t change his life “one bit.”

“Well, people told me it was, shall we say, ‘trending.’ No, I don’t look at that s***,” the 61-year-old actor told Esquire.

“I feel like, ‘I said it on SNL.’ I don’t need to go further with it … other than to say — well, no, I won’t. Never mind. That’s enough. … But it don’t change my life one bit. Not one bit, if the mainstream media wants to have a go at you, right? My life is still wonderful,” Harrelson told the outlet.

In the SNL monologue, Harrelson discussed a movie pitch he read in 2019. He explained that the plot of the movie was about the biggest drug cartels in the world buying up all the media and politicians and forcing all the people in the world to stay locked in their homes and only come out if they take the cartel’s drugs. Harrelson concluded that he threw away the script because he couldn’t imagine anyone believing such an idea.

When discussing his political views, Harrelson described himself as an anarchist or libertarian. He said that he never sees government work, as it always seems to be working for the people who got them there. Additionally, Harrelson noted that even with social programs, they are done reluctantly and they are always trying to gobble back what they can.

“There are things that the liberals do that I think, ‘What f***ing idiots.’ And then there’s also conservative ideology that strikes me as odd. I consider myself, really, an anarchist. … Well, I’m probably more of a libertarian,” he told the outlet.

“I never see government work. It always seems to be working for the people who got you there,” Harrelson said. “It’s businessmen working for bigger businessmen. It’s not businessmen working for their constituents. I think government just usually sucks … am I wrong?”

“Even the social programs, they do it reluctantly, and they’re just always trying to gobble back what they can from the social programs,” he said.



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