Sabrina Carpenter fans slam SNL over "offensive" line in Drivers License skit
22 February 2021, 13:09 | Updated: 24 February 2021, 14:13
Olivia Rodrigo and Joshua Bassett have also reacted to the Drivers License sketch on SNL and 'Sabrina Deserves Respect' has begun trending online.
Saturday Night Live is coming under fire over a 'Drivers License' skit in which Sabrina Carpenter is compared to a "bastard".
Last month (Jan 8), High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Olivia Rodrigo released 'Drivers License'. The hit song is a moving ballad about heartbreak and people believe that Olivia wrote it about her co-star and alleged ex, Joshua Bassett. The lyrics appear to reference Joshua leaving Olivia for Sabrina Carpenter and they've inspired countless theories online.
Now, SNL have waded into the alleged drama with a new 'Drivers License' sketch but it's facing backlash from Sabrina fans.
On Saturday (Feb 20), Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page hosted SNL and one of his skits included a video in which a bunch of guys at a pool bar become overwhelmed by how emotional 'Drivers License' is. In the sketch, Regé's character explains who the song is about. He says: "Olivia wrote it about Joshua Bassett who's allegedly now with Sabrina Carpenter".
One of the other characters then says: "It's got me thinking about my breakup, like maybe I'm Olivia, and my bitch ex Gina's Joshua Bassett, and Sabrina Carpenter, like that's that bastard Enzo from the garage."
Sabrina fans are calling out SNL for indirectly calling her a "bastard". Since the episode aired, "SABRINA DESERVES RESPECT" began trending on Twitter.
SABRINA DESERVES RESPECT— BabyGrande (@grande_loly) February 21, 2021
SNL is just so rude!! They did the same thing with taylor in 2015 remember?? pic.twitter.com/1fuGrv6RqB
even if the mention of sabrina was brief, it’s so annoying that anyone who praises dl, such as on snl, has to bash sabrina in the same breath. like praise liv, but why at s’s expense?... it just creates the idea that the public is/should be taking sides between the girls— lex (@suntanbea) February 21, 2021
the drivers license snl sketch made me uncomfortable tbh, the mention of josh and sabrina felt very unnecessary and spiteful— S ♡ (@folklorebrad) February 21, 2021
i hate all of this so much it’s actually making me sick at this point... i’m so tired of it and i hope sabrina is ok, snl legit made her look bad for no reason and snl is soo popular through all of the US and so many ppl watch it now more ppl are probably against her ugh— bri 🪐 (@prfctexhales) February 21, 2021
i wish i could be happy that olivia was on snl but its actually disturbing to me that they basically called sabrina a bastard ik its all jokes but...— 𝑎𝑛𝑎 (@obxxpogues) February 21, 2021
As it stands, Sabrina hasn't addressed the sketch. However, Olivia has reacted to the skit by tweeting: "DRIVERS LICENSE SNL SKETCH IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER IM SHAKING".
Joshua has also reacted to it by posting a TikTok video in which he films himself watching the sketch with Kacey Musgraves' 'Happy & Sad' playing in the background.
DRIVERS LICENSE SNL SKETCH IS THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER IM SHAKING— Olivia Rodrigo (@Olivia_Rodrigo) February 21, 2021
SNL haven't responded to the backlash from Sabrina fans yet but we shall update you if they do.