When The Fault in Our Stars came out, everyone was surprised with the mass appeal it had. Due to this, the film has built in cult-like status expanded to a higher level of popularity than expected. For Saturday Night Live, it was an easy target to link to the hysteria around the ebola virus.
So, what do you get when you mix SNL, ebola and a teen romantic drama together? You get the brilliant, albeit offensive digital short “The Ebola In Our Everything.“
The digital short stars host Sarah Silverman as Shailene Woodley’s character and Taran Killam in Ansel Elgort’s place. In almost identical wardrobe, the two stare lovingly into each other’s eyes at their first meeting. Then, when “Theodore” wants to know about “Olive’s” “real story” she reveals that she has ebola.
Instead of being charmed by Olive, Theodore, unlike Elgort’s Gus, slowly tries to ward Olive’s advances off. Each scene features another situation in which Olive is trying to create a romantic moment, and Theodore is desperately trying to lessen his chances of getting the deadly virus.
Sometimes fiction has a way of framing itself to be the best version of what we are most fearful of. In the case of the digital short The Fault in Our Stars 2: The Ebola in Our Everything, they paint the virus as if it is something that can be caught airborne. Fortunately, this is not true, though it is spread through bodily fluids, so the scene of Killam trying to test sexual intercourse by unzipping himself from his hazmat suit is a no-go in real life.
It’s because of the edgy liberties SNL takes with this witty pop culture parody, which makes it one of the best of the season so far. If they keep it up, it looks like we’re going to have a great year for SNL’s digital shorts, which has gotten a facelift as of late by featured player Kyle Mooney.
Viewers seemed to have enjoyed the digital short too. Here are just a few responses.
if you didn’t see the snl skit the fault in our stars two: Ebola in our everything I feel sorry for you #SNL
— jenny fenik (@jenfenik) October 6, 2014
— Alexander The Dork (@alexpetesjr) October 6, 2014
Everyone needs to go watch the SNL short The Fault in Our Stars 2: the Ebola in Our Everything. YOU WON’T REGRET IT. — Jenna Adams (@jenna_nicole63) October 6, 2014
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