Arcade Fire Under Fire for SNL Appearance

Arcade Fire’s recent appearance on Saturday Night Live has left fans divided, with many expressing their disappointment.

Canadian Indie Rock band Arcade Fire made their return to Saturday Night Live for the first time in five years, sparking mixed opinions.

The band performed new singles Creature Comfort and Put Your Money On Me, and took the stage in reflective silver suits, with strobe lighting that left Twitter users asking “Was their a seizure warning for their performance?”

One Twitter user said “I’m sorry guys ... Arcade Fire is so bad. God bless you who buy those albums”, whilst another likened their performance to young children bouncing around, doing their own thing with no regard for each other. One guy even went on to say “I've been saying Arcade Fire sucks for like three years. Tonight, 12 million people suddenly decided Arcade Fire is the worst band ever”.

Arcade Fire then went on to make a cameo appearance in a fake “CBC Report” skit, about a fictional film producer who is a Canadian Harvey Weinstein, played by Bill Hader. This poked fun at the Canadian talent of apologising, with a nod to the #MeToo movement.

SNL guest host Bill Hader, acting as disgraced film producer, Thomas Logan, confessed his wrongs "I've heard all these accusations against me and I'm here to say it's all true. I definitely abused my power, yeah”.

The skit went on: "Yeah, you know, I had this assistant and I was really inappropriate, saying stuff like 'you look nice today,' or 'what kind of sunglasses are those?' You know, really pestering her. So, she got ticked and, well, I just went ahead and resigned". Each member of Arcade Fire appeared to say “sorry” for working on songs with him.

One Twitter user responded to the skit by saying “I feel glad everyone hates Arcade Fire right now as much as I always have. #snl #arcadefire“.

What was meant to be a fun appearance on Saturday Night Live has really backfired on Arcade Fire, both for their intense and overdone performance, and their skit taking a dig at Canadian politeness, and the #MeToo movement.

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