Too Funny Or Too Far?! SNL’s Transexual Medication Commercial

Last night on SNL after Jesse Eisenberg’s opening monologue and first meet up with Mark Zuckerberg, we were treated with a classic SNL faux-commercial. Such previous commercials have included Mom Jeans, Hair Growth Treatments and the like. Last night, we learned about Estro-Maxx, the once-a-day estrogen pill the won’t let regular treatments get in the way of your life.

In the commercial which resembles spots for Astra Zeneca, we see the actors going through their transitions in their everyday lives, and with the help of Estro-Maxx, they can carry on and not worry about their treatments. In my honest opinion, I thought the skit was absolutely hilarious! The jokes were clever and the humor was light without directly poking fun at transgender people at all. However, the video has some gays up in arms saying that the commercial went too far.

Here is what I think. I think the purpose of the commercial was to parody drug commercial spots, NOT transgendered individuals. Although they were the focus of the type of drug being used, I don’t think the point to was to poke humor at the situation of “life getting in the way” as they so put it. So why are people so cray cray about it? Watch the commercial after the jump and tell me what you think.

Too funny or too soon? You tell me!

  • Rick

    I thought it was pretty funny, especially Bill Hader. It’s pretty much all supposed to be fair game in the comedy world & I don’t think that this one came close to crossing any lines.

  • What gays are upset about this? give em’ my number so i can tell them to calm the fudge down. this ad was hilarious 😛

  • David Everhart

    Funny shit! I honestly can’t see how anyone is offended…

  • Phil W

    I CANNOT believe Glaad is picking this fight. Being a part of society means being made fun of.

  • Triolet

    I find writing on 2 1/2 men to be more homophobic than the lame jokes SNL has been cranking out for the last decade…

    Having said that, I do find it tiresome when SNL tries to palm off gay references as humour. (“He he, it’s a man in a dress!”, or, “You’re a man who sleeps with men, that is so funny”) How old is that?

    Speaking of old, as much as I enjoy Betty White, (and the way she has been “rediscovered” by the public in the US), I didn’t enjoy the season closer last May, as much as I was hoping for. I think that too much of the content of that show was based on Betty’s age, (and the assumptions around the attitudes of older people).

    Andy Samburg(sp.?) is not funny, and mashing two incongruent things together does not make it funny either. For example, almost no thought went into Betty putting on a ski mask and “performing” to heavy metal music. WTF? Where was the actual thought?

    As a viewer, I realize that we pay nothing to watch the program, but that doesn’t mean that the writers and actors at SNL need to only provide content to match the “admission price” to the show…

    Triolet