October 24, 2004

ouch, it hurts! make it stop!

Oh no, I'm not talking about my throat-scraping cough or the mild soreness in my lower back from sitting on concrete bleachers during my little brother's marching band show tonight. No, I'm referring to the pain in my side from LAUGHING MY ASS OFF at what will most-likely come to be known as the most embarrassing moment on Saturday Night Live... EVER!, or, more plainly, Ashlee Simpson's stunning mistake during her "performance" of her second song.

I was watching the west coast feed of SNL, as one typically does if one lives in Los Angeles. I was very excited to be viewing this evening, because my lover, the scrumptious Jude Law, was the host. Little did I know the episode would be memorialized by the musical guest! Anyways, having seen it on the west coast feed, all I saw after Jude so charmingly introduced her second act was the band having what sounded like a false start, Ashlee not starting on time, and then her leaving the stage while the band continued to play into the chorus.

And I thought, "How unprofessional!" Having played in many types of bands myself, I know that false starts do happen - but you improvise, or at the very least, you start again. I was both embarrassed for her and tickled to see her fail so miserably. Because I'm mean like that.

But that was before my insomnia kicked in and I decided to start surfing the net. Thanks to the comments on Stereogum, I was treated to a little "backstory" us west-coasters weren't privy to.

You can watch for yourself. It's hi-LAR-ious.

What really happened. - mpeg file, 10.6mb due to bandwidth restraints, here's a link to a .wmv file, courtesy of college humor

ashlee_snl.jpg
"Could we BE more apologetic?" (Or, in Jude's case, more gorgeous?)
Here's the kicker. At the closing of the show, as the lovely Jude so gallantly stands beside Ashlee, being her rock - she shrugs her shoulders and blames the fuck-up on her band, that they started to play the wrong song. Upon my original viewing of the feed, I thought, "Well, that explains it. It was live tv, she got thrown, they pulled the plug - it happens."

But no! The east-coast feed clearly shows that it wasn't the band's fault - it was the fault of whoever forgot to hit the "next" button on the cd player in the control booth, beginning the first song again, instead of the second song.

(Sigh.) Poor, poor Ashlee. Millions of people got to watch her miss her lip-synching cue. But it's the funniest thing I've seen all week! Heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh hehhhh!


posted by julie at October 24, 2004 03:33 AM

things people have said

*gasp* you mean... she lip syncs?!?!? [/utter disbelief]

dang, i'm sorry i missed it. but hey, thanks for the link!

so said: mikey at October 25, 2004 10:08 AM

okay, so THAT's why she said "hoe-down". haaaaaaaaa.

so said: Sara at October 25, 2004 11:18 AM

Yes, she was lyp synching on SNL. But it's not like she always does. I've heard her ACTUALLY sing and she's not bad, so I still somewhat respect her.

But do a hoe-down on live TV? Cmon child, be more creative!

so said: Justine at January 3, 2005 02:59 PM



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