There's another "SNL Digital Short" doing the rounds, and again, this one displays all of the laziness we've come to associate with the show: not only is it based on a fake TV show format (like every other SNL sketch in the last thirty years), the joke is essentially the same as the Lazy Sunday skit that was so successful online a few weeks back.
Natalie Portman was the guest on the show last weekend, to promote V for Vendetta. She performed a rap, and said some hilariously foul mouthed stuff. Her being there to promote the film is fair enough - that's how most guests end up on TV, lined up to hawk their wares. We know that.
This might have gone a little too far though. I suspect they included an attempt at advertising the movie.
By going frame by frame through a Quicktime version of the skit, you'll see what I mean. About half way through, just when Natalie is rapping "While I laugh, you die" there are a few flash frames. A picasso-y Ralph Wiggum comes first, but then theres a silhoutte painted on a shutter.
There's no mistaking the shape - it's clearly supposed to be V. Were SNL paid to include this? Is it actually legal for them to show such a thing?
Why not boycott V for Vendetta and buy the source book instead? That'll teach them a lesson.