When Saturday Night Live’s least amusing “Weekend Update” anchor, Colin Jost, started dating A-list movie star Scarlett Johansson, many may have scratched their heads. But over the two years of courtship that led to their engagement, it’s become more and more clear how this match was made. They really are eye to eye when it comes to “comedy” and social issues.
“Scarlett likes Colin’s sarcasm and wit,” the insider said of the Avengers: Endgame actress and the Saturday Night Live funnyman. “They share a love for acerbic humor and outrage at social issues gone bad. They have much in common.”
To toast this couple who truly deserves each other, we take a walk down memory lane of their humor and exhaustion at social issues with a bit of He Said / She Said.
He said: “I think that by [the Emmys], people are going to be desperate to give men a chance, finally. It’ll probably be #HeToo by then.”
She said (of playing the lead in the whitewashed Ghost In The Shell): “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.” (Spoilers: that is exactly what she did.)
He said, “The dating app Tinder announced a new feature this week which gives users 37 different gender identity options. It’s called ‘Why Democrats lost the election.’”
She said, when criticized for accepting the role of a trans man in the biopic Rub & Tug, “Tell them (her critics) that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment.”
He said: Donald Trump is “super smart” and “probably harder working than you.”
She said: “You know, as an actor I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.”
He said: “Another hit job from Pajiba.”
And we said:
A marginally funny, but not particularly vicious dig that plays both sides. Very on brand, Colin Jost. pic.twitter.com/5Fj4xnfCUo— pajiba (pronounced with a long i) (@pajiba) April 23, 2019
In their marriage, Johansson and Jost can revel in the cozy smugness provided by white privilege and wealth that allows them to treat politics like a spectator’s sport and regard the struggle of marginalized communities as a nuisance that gets in the way of their creative whims. In lieu of gifts, the happy couple will accept our futile fury over their entitlement and obliviousness.
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