Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz made headlines last week when he snapped a selfie with President Barack Obama during the team’s visit to the White House. The photo caused a stir because word got out that it was a promotional stunt encouraged by Samsung. Of course “Saturday Night Live” provided a spoof skit of Big Papi. Actor Keenan Thompson played the role of Ortiz and according to Yahoo Sports on April 13, Thompson received thumbs up from the Red Sox DH.
Both Ortiz and Samsung have denied reports of the stunt, as Ortiz has an endorsement deal with the company. But it didn’t stop “SNL” from making fun of the situation and in the process, imitating Big Papi. Thompson did a good job capturing both the mannerisms and personality of the MLB star. The four-minute skit covered the selfie, Ortiz’s pronunciation of Samsung and other promotional deals.
Thompson also nailed Ortiz’s accent, telling “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost that he was paid “100,000…chickens” by Samsung for the now infamous White House selfie. That just triggered talk about a “big Dominican lunch” held at the White House visit. Chik-Fil-A even got a shout out in the skit, as Ortiz named the fast food chain as one of his endorsements because he loves chicken so much.
Overall, “SNL” and Keenan Thompson did a good job at bringing light to the controversy that surrounded the photo and captured all the enthusiasm of Big Papi. Ortiz is currently in New York with the Red Sox involved in a four-game series with the New York Yankees, but proved just how much of a good sport he is. On Sunday, Ortiz gave his own endorsement for Thompson. He gave him a thumps up by tweeting, “Have to give a shout out to #Keenan Thompson for that skit on @nbcsnl.”