Woody Harrelson Goes Anti-Vax During 'SNL' Opening Monologue

The actor shared some controversial opinions during the most recent episode of 'Saturday Night Live.'

During last night's Saturday Night Live episode, Woody Harrelson took a jab at the COVID-19 vaccine.

The actor, 61, returned to the late-night comedy sketch show with a bleak reference to the pandemic and vaccine mandates. As Harrelson closed out his opening monologue, he discusses one of the "craziest scripts" he's ever read.

"So the movie goes like this… The biggest drug cartels in the world get together and buy up all the media and all the politicians and force all the people in the world to stay locked in their homes," he said. "And people can only come out if they take the cartel’s drugs and keep taking them over and over."

"I threw the script away. I mean, who was going to believe that crazy idea? Being forced to do drugs? I do that voluntarily all day," he quipped.

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The controversial joke seemed to reference the lockdown that took place in 2020 to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, along with other precautions states had previously put in place. 

This isn't the first time Harrelson echoed conspiracies related to the pandemic, previously stirring controversy over his now-deleted Instagram post that incorrectly linked the use of 5G cellular networks to the spread of the coronavirus.

In May 2022, while speaking with Vanity Fair, he also credited his vegan diet for keeping his immune system "internally clean" and preventing him from getting sick for the past seven and a half years: "because my immune system's strong. Why is my immune system? Because I'm internally clean. Anyway, I know I'm getting on my soap boxes."

Harrelson later told the outlet that wearing a mask on the set of his film Triangle of Sadness negatively affected his work, stating, "It wasn't quite as extreme as subsequently when I worked after that on bigger projects. That’s a bigger, bigger hassle, where everybody's got people walking around yelling, 'Red zone! Masks! Put your masks on!' Mask and goggles, even a face shield. And I think it's not very conducive to good work."

He concluded, "As one who doesn't believe in the germ theory, I find it rather absurd."

This feels like a good time to remind readers to take health advice from trusted medical professionals, and not Hollywood stars.

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