'SNL' Recap: Justin Bieber Addresses Pot Use, Ruins Black History Month

Aaron Couch
The Hollywood Reporter
'SNL' Recap: Justin Bieber Addresses Pot Use, Ruins Black History Month

Justin Bieber seduced the audience and joked about smoking pot during this week’s Saturday Night Live.

During his opening monologue, the host and musical guest noted that February is home to both Valentine’s Day and Black History Month, so he would celebrate both. With help from Kenan Thompson, the singer approached young women in the audience, presented them with a rose, and smooth talked them some black history facts. He starts off well—but soon gets his history mixed up.

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“Girl you’re driving me crazy, but did you also know Denzel Washington invented peanut butter?” he asks one young woman. “Maya Angelou invented the peanut,” he tells another. Finally, surprise guest Whoopi Goldberg appears and Bieber serenades her with “One Less Lonely Girl.”

Later, Bieber plays the ultimate Miley Cyrus (Vanessa Bayer) fan, appearing on her talk show and proclaiming his disdain for Justin Bieber. Bieber obliquely addresses photos that emerged in January of him smoking marijuana: “I also heard he got busted smoking weed, and people make mistakes and he’s really sorry about it and he’s never going to do it again.”

SNL kicked off the episode by revisiting Sunday’s Super Bowl blackout, which left the CBS Sports team with little to do but rehash old facts for thirty minutes. A more detailed description of what went down can be read here, but sufficed to say, there’s awkward talk of Dan Marino’s (Jason Sudeikis) recently revealed extramarital affair and Shannon Sharpe’s (Jay Pharoah) desire to eat a punter.

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Speaking of the Super Bowl, Thompson appeared on Weekend Update as “the one black guy in every commercial.” You know him—the “cool but non threatening” guy who is forever banging on Pringles cans, DJing parties and high-fiving people—all in the name of adding diversity to an ad campaign. Thompson’s character tells Seth Meyers his life is awesome, because he is constantly hanging out with “Hispanic girls with bangs” and fedora-wearing white guys. 

Bieber got to put on a greeser accent for a sketch derived from Greece’s “Tell Me More” (renamed “Say More Stuff” in SNL parlance). Bieber’s character isn’t too smart, as it’s revealed he was disappointed on his date when he discovered “sweater puppies” weren’t literally puppies hidden in a woman’s sweater.

The pop star nearly cracked up ala vintage Jimmy Fallon while playing a respectable pre-medical student who goes home to meet his girlfriend’s (Nasim Pedrad) family. Her oafish older brother (Taran Killam  ) screams in his face, just about causing Bieber to break.

Later, Bieber got to a play nerd who, along with his girlfriend (Pedrad), plan an abstinence-themed school dance.

SNL is new next week with host Christoph Waltz and musical guest Alabama Shakes.