Not only was Harry Styles’s dual SNL hosting-performing gig a sequin-encrusted fashion tour de force, but it also took noted Bavarian cheesecake purveyor Sara Lee by surprise with that skit. You know, the one in which Styles plays Dylan, a thirsty social-media manager reprimanded for mixing up the official company account and his personal Instagram, letting slip saucy comments like “wreck me daddy” and “destroy me king” on a pic of Nick Jonas and alluding to threesomes in his captions.
Nobody didn’t like this skit; as Dylan says, “people love bread content.” But Sara Lee is now clarifying via a statement that it definitely did not preapprove it. “We didn’t participate in creating the skit, and its content doesn’t align with Sara Lee Bread’s brand,” a spokeswoman told TheWrap on Monday. “But, we all know SNL pushes the envelope for laughs and we are taking it in stride.”
After the show, when Sara Lee’s real-life Instagram was promptly flooded with a flurry of wreck me daddys, destroy me kings, and quite a few eggplant emojis, the company said it temporarily hid the comments: “As you can imagine, waking up to all those comments threw us for a bit of a loop,” the spokeswoman said. Far be it for any of us to imagine that an actual emergency social-media meeting transpired at your grandma’s go-to dessert- and bread-maker, with executives who are presumably not as hilarious as Cecily Strong, Bowen Yang, and Julio Torres—a.k.a. the SNL staffers responsible for the skit. Yang later (jokingly?) apologized on Twitter.
The Sara Lee imbroglio, however, should not detract from Styles’s unanimously stellar performance on the rest of the show. Styles kicked off his SNL hosting debut with an A-plus monologue that acknowledged his “fantastic hair” (only right) and compelled him to speak while playing the piano. “I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’m not in a boy band anymore,” he said. “I’m in a man band now.”
In the perversely wonderful “Joan,” Styles played the man version of Aidy Bryant’s chihuahua boyfriend, Doug. Naturally, Styles turns their love song into a Brit-pop bop.
Equally unmissable was another musical comedy mash-up, “Funeral DJs,” in which Styles and SNL’s Chris Redd bring big C+C Music Factory energy to a memorial service. As an added bonus, Styles takes his pants off.
Tragically cut for time but absolutely worth a view: the after-school-special-inspired “Jason.” Styles in a varsity jacket is a dream I never knew I had. Wreck me, daddy.
Originally Appeared on Vogue