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SNL Had A ‘Love Is Blind’ Coronavirus Parody That Was Cut For Time But So Worth Watching

The novel coronavirus, known as CoVid-19, is sending global stock markets down and causing worldwide panic as it spreads. Some countries have taken drastic measures to ease the spread while others are ignoring the warnings. The mortality rate of the CoVid-19 is about 2 percent with the elderly and sick the most vulnerable to the virus. “Saturday Night Live” did what comedians do in times like this, brought humor to a situation to ease fears.

“Saturday Night Live” went all-in on the coronavirus this week with a cold opening and a cut-for-time sketch about the virus.

The cut-for-time sketch was a parody on the Netflix show “Love Is Blind.” The show is about people being put in separate rooms and getting to know the other person without ever meeting or seeing the person. Of course, the premise is perfect for a quarantine parody because of the current coronavirus fears.

Fans of the show are so upset that SNL cut the scene because of time constraints.

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The sketch is a funny one. The characters are all at different stages of infection so the doctors are able to use them to find a cure while they find love. There is something so hopeful and dystopian that it is hard not to laugh at it.

There were some highlights that left people in stitches.

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We’ve all felt the pressure from mom and dad about getting married. Society likes to think that we should all be married younger than our 30s, otherwise, what’s the point. The moment the woman runs to a coronavirus infected man for marriage because she is 34 is something too many people can understand.

Some are wondering what were the conversations to create this sketch.

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How was this approved? Who at NBC thought this was something people wanted to see? Like, clearly people wanted to see it. After all, the video on YouTube has more than 800,000 views and it wasn’t even in the official airing of the episode.

Mainly, people were just happy for a moment of levity during what has been a scary news cycle about the virus.

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Some times we all need a good laugh to ease the tension around hectic and scary times. This sketch, aired or not, is offering that to fans of the show and anyone who might come across it.

The coronavirus has claimed more than 3,000 lives around the world and has infected more than 80,000 people at the time of this article. The true extent of the virus is unknown as there are not enough testing kits in the world to truly measure the spread and the magnitude of the virus. As more testing kits become available and more testing standards are implemented, the number of those infected increases. There are also countries that are believed to be underreporting or not testing for fear of China seeking financial retribution on their economies.

The U.S. government has mishandled the response to the virus to the point that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued statements contradicting the White House until they were muzzled by Vice President Mike Pence. There is concern that the virus has spread in the U.S. for weeks before it was detected.

Here is the full cold opening further addressing the coronavirus and Vice President Pence’s role.

What do you think about the U.S. government’s response to the coronavirus?

READ: First Case Of Coronavirus In Latin America Confirmed In Brazil

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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Met Gala 2021 Is Happening And Amanda Gorman Is Set To Host The America-Themed Fashion Event

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It’s 2021 and the Met Gala is back this year – after being canceled in 2020 thanks to a pandemic – with superstar poet Amanda Gorman being eyed to host the fashion event of the year. Given the 23-year-old’s show-stopping performance at the inauguration, the theme fittingly will be a celebration of America and American designers.

The Met Gala will return in 2021 with a very special guest as host.

Vogue’s “Oscars of Fashion” famously takes place on the first Monday of May. However, this year it’s been pushed back to September 13, in hopes that life will have returned to something closer to normal by then.

Epic poet Amanda Gorman is reportedly in talks to co-host the event alongside Tom Ford, who is the academy’s president. The breakout star of President Biden’s inauguration, Gorman is on the cover of the magazine’s May issue and the subject of a relentlessly glowing profile inside.

The black-tie gala, which raises funds for Met’s Costume Institute, is normally fashion’s biggest night and sees guests from Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Cardi B to Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and even Maluma.

The event was canceled in 2020 thanks to a global pandemic.

The world’s most glamorous party was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, which was (and still is) raging the planet at the time. There was a virtual event in place of the 2020 event, with celebs like Julia Roberts, Priyanka Chopra and Amanda Seyfried showing off their looks from home and stars like Mindy Kaling and Adam Rippon taking part in the #MetGalaChallenge, recreating looks from past years.

This year’s event will draw inspiration from all things USA.

The theme of this year’s Met Gala has not been announced, but Page Six says the night will be devoted to honoring America and American designers, following the 18-month-long COVID crisis in this country.

Recent past themes for the event have included “Camp: Notes on Fashion” (2019), “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” (2018), and “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between (2017). And don’t forget 2016, when Zayn Malik wore robot-arms to Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s Mother, Pearl Fernandez, Is Trying to Have Her Murder Conviction Thrown Out

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Gabriel Fernandez’s mother, Pearl Fernandez, is trying to have her murder conviction thrown out. The 37-year-old woman has been in jail since 2018 for the murder and torture of her eight-year old son.

Pearl Fernandez is petitioning the court for resentencing, hoping to have her first-degree murder and/or second-degree murder charges thrown out.

Fernandez is hoping to have her sentence vacated based off of new changes to the California state penal code. “I think that she feels that somehow maybe, you know, the special circumstance will be dismissed or maybe she’ll have a chance that the D.A. will agree with the petition,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said to CBSLA.

In June 2018, a judge sentenced Pearl Fernandez to life without parole. The judge charged Pearl Fernandez with the 2013 torture and killing of her eight-year-old son, Gabriel Fernandez.

On May 22, 2013, Gabriel Fernandez died after suffering a fatal beating from his mother. Pearl Fernandez was allegedly angry that he didn’t clean up his toys.

The details of Pearl and her boyfriend’s lengthy torture campaign against Gabriel Fernandez are both gruesome and numerous. Over the course of his eight-month stay with Isauro Aguirre, the couple broke his bones, burned him with cigarettes, pepper-sprayed him, and forced him to eat his own vomit as well as animal feces. And that is just a short-list of what they did.

The case came to national attention after the release of the 2020 Netflix documentary, “The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez“. The documentary shone a spotlight on the insidious nature of child abuse. It also highlighted the systematic failures of the social services system that fails to protect children.

Elected officials have expressed their disgust at Pearl Fernandez for trying to escape justice by taking advantage of updated laws.

“The policies and directives from my office and these new laws created by the Legislature are emboldening murderers of children to apply to be re-sentenced,” said Deputy DA Hatami to City News Service. “This is completely unfair to the surviving families and their loved ones.”

He continued: “Families now have to relive all the horror that was perpetrated upon a small and helpless child. Based upon all the evidence presented at the grand jury, which was made public, and the jury trial, Pearl Fernandez was a major participant in the torture and murder of little Gabriel.”

It seems obvious by the fact that Pearl Fernandez is trying to get out of jail after torturing her son to death, that she isn’t remorseful about her actions.

Any other mother who killed her son would probably want to spend the rest of her life in jail instead of trying to find a way to get out of it.

If you believe someone you know is experiencing–or committing–child abuse, there are resources to help. Call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to www.childhelp.org. Staying vigilant could help save a child like Gabriel Fernandez.

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