SNL slammed for using fake excerpt in parody of Britney Spears’ memoir
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Britney Spears has been back into the headlines recently with the release of her memoir.
The book has been widely successful, selling more than 1.1 million copies and becoming an instant hit.
But the release has already seen some controversial moments, with Saturday Night Live airing a sketch involving a parody of the book.
This included a fake excerpt which has got Britney fans furious online.
The book goes into extensive detail about Britney's personal experiences in the early 2000s, including explosive claims about her relationship with Justin Timberlake.
Among the many claims in the book is that Timberlake had requested that Britney have an abortion as he 'wasn't ready' to be a dad.
Now, a lot of the passages read out in the SNL sketch aren't actually from Spears' book, but one that's particularly attracted ire is a fake excerpt that went viral before the book's release.
The joke passage was a fictional account of Britney sleeping with someone, and about her reaction to how poorly endowed her partner was.
It was part of a skit about celebrities auditioning to be the person to record the audiobook for the memoir.
The passage in question read: "'Yeah, I'm ready, put it in', I said, he replied: 'It's in'. My whole world collapsed."
Needless to say, fans were not impressed, and piled into the comments to make their feelings known.
One wrote: "In her book Britney Spears wrote about her traumas and how everyone used her even her family members mistreated her and SNL have the audacity to make her fun like this way? Shame on them!"
Another replied: "SNL needs to be held accountable for this. They should apologise."
A third responded: "Britney’s book was her way to tell us about the trauma she been through and they have the audacity to use it for jokes? It isn’t a laughing matter."
UNILAD has contacted SNL for a comment.
It's not the first time that Britney has been at the centre of a controversial moment, and people even previously urged others to lay off.
A famous example is the speech made by Craig Ferguson in 2007, when Britney was very publicly going through a difficult period.
Ferguson recounted his own experiences as a recovering alcoholic, saying: “Comedy should have a certain amount of joy in it.
"It should be about us attacking the powerful people, attacking the politicians and the Trumps and the blowhards, going after them. We shouldn’t be attacking the vulnerable people.”
He went on to say: "She clearly needs help."
At the time, Britney had shaved her head in front of paparazzi photographers, having recently finalised her divorce from Kevin Federline.