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White Supremacist Vern Schillinger to Host 'SNL' with Musical Guest 'Former Recluse'

By Brian Byrd | Industry | January 20, 2015 |

By Brian Byrd | Industry | January 20, 2015 |

Saturday Night Live rarely shies away from controversy. But their latest stunt — handing hosting duties to an Aryan Brotherhood member with limited live stage experience — is simply indefensible. Was ISIS leadership not available, Lorne? Vern Schillinger is a murderer and rapist. His views on race and equality are abominable. Sure, he’s a better hosting choice than Beiber but for God sake, Schillinger is still on probation!

Yet again, liberal Hollywood has….wait. I’ve just been told that Vern Schillinger is in fact a fictional character from the television show Oz. The man who played Schillinger — the Oscar-nominated star of Whiplash, JK Simmons — is the person actually hosting the January 31 episode with musical guest D’Angelo. Huh. Well, the post was already written and only cowards change their minds when more information becomes available, so…
In all seriousness, Simmons is a phenomenal, rangy actor and an inspired hosting choice that hopefully spurs viewers to check out Best Picture nominee Whiplash if they haven’t already. Still, I’d sell my grandmother’s home out from under her just to see Simmons perform the entire show as his Oz character. Guessing there would be a lot of “Kenan reacts” lines peppered throughout the sketch scripts. I’d cower behind my couch during the D’Angelo introduction (if Leslie Jones didn’t take him out before then).

On second thought, that’s a terrible idea. Simmons will do fine as himself. After all, the last time he tried his hand at live comedy, he killed. Get it? Because he was brutally stabbed to death. LOL murder jokes.

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