First of all, let’s get out of the way the fact that apparently Saturday Night Live Korea is a thing. In fact, SNL has foreign components in a ton of different countries. I had no idea, but this is my new favorite YouTube rabbit hole, especially since each different country seems to apply a different structure to their version. SNL Israel is basically their version of The Daily Show: an award-winning satirical news program. Korea produces mostly original content, while other countries’ versions look to recreate American sketches. Check out this Walkenless cowbell sketch from SNL Spain.
Anyway, now that we’ve learned that SNL Korea is a thing, let’s move on to the question of what the crap is Chloe Grace Moretz doing on it? She appeared in a sketch this past weekend and, according to her Instagram, was the first American to do so and speak in only Korean. (Even though she does also speak a few words in English.)
I don’t know if a better understanding of what’s happening here will even make the whole thing make any more sense, but a kind YouTube commenter offered this breakdown, which may or may not be accurate, because how the hell would I know?
Basically, Chloe does parodies of few famous ‘makjang’ Korean dramas (a melodrama which has many episodes with extreme plot twists, google it if you want to know more). In the skit, the man besides Chloe is Chloe’s fiance. He suggests that he and Chloe should rent a house monthly when they get married. Chloe is enraged with the idea and slaps him with kimchi (which is a parody of 2014 drama ‘Everything Kimchi’). The man’s parents get angry and tells them to cancel the marriage, because they don’t want a daughter-in-law who slaps their child with kimchi. Chloe is shocked and runs away, telling them that she’ll take revenge. The man insists that he still love her despite her action. Then Chloe returns, drawing a mole on her left cheek and says, “I’m not Chloe, I’m Min Sohee”. This is also a parody of a famous drama ‘Temptation of Wife’.
Yup, that doesn’t really make anything less funny or more funny. But for our own personal edification and amusement, here’s that original Kimchi Slap:
How great is it that we live in a world where this is a thing?