This week's Saturday Night Live was a quieter episode. Last week was a Miley Cyrus clusterf*ck, leading to a week of talking MORE about Miley Cyrus than usual, and the week before that was the awkward and un-funny season opener with Tina Fey. This past Saturday featured Bruce Willis as host and Katy Perry as the musical guest (she's been soooo boring lately). The episode was adequately mediocre, with a kind of good sketch about the government shutdown using Gravity. Overall, though, it was a half-assed episode, with one particular dark spot: the digital short "Boy Dance Party."
The sketch opens on Bruce Willis and his BROS (almost every male cast member) watching a manly game of football, being men, when his wife (Vanessa Bayer) leaves to go dancing with her gal pals. Of course, the bros don't want to go because they are drinking some brewskis with their broskis, buuuut, as soon as Bayer exits, the boys turn on the strobes and the dubstep and just let loose to the groove and have their own boy dance party.
The entire premise of the sketch is that it's a bunch of straight guys, acting like gay men. Because we all like to laugh at gay men. In fact, the first lyric of the song they're singing is "It's not homoerotic" (thanks Taran Killam — as if you haven't played enough gay characters on the show already).
Daniel D'Addaradio at Salon summed up the frustration beautifully:
The thing is, it is homoerotic — a badly executed mishmosh of bodily ogling, as male cast members twerk and shake Killam’s graphically rendered penis-in-gym-shorts in one another’s direction. A bunch of straight guys dancing together because it’s funny to act like gay people do, with the explicit instruction that it’s nothing so gross as homoeroticism! The term “No homo,” used after a compliment directed at another man, is tired to the point of exhaustion in music, but to Killam and his cohort, it appears to be the pinnacle of comedy.