Ashlee Simpson Finally Rests Her Head on Something Real: Public Humiliation
By B-Side|Sunday, October 24, 2004 | 3:46 pm | 17 Comments
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Every now and then the television gods throw a morsel of pure perfection our way, and we here at TVgasm are always oh so happy to receive it. Case in point? Last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live where atonal thrush Ashlee Simpson awkwardly humiliated herself in front of a national audience. This was sweet payback for me as I’ve never been shy about my contempt for Ashlee Simpson. And in case you’re feeling all badly for the not-Jessica Simpson, just remember that I’m the one who’s been subjected to “Pieces of Me” all summer. So who’s the real victim here in the long run?
For those of you who missed it or can’t view the clip, Ashleegate 2004 occurred when she came on stage to sing her second song of the evening and her band began playing her signature song, “Pieces of Me.” Of course, the only problem with that is she had already sang that tune earlier in the show. So instead of just stopping and changing songs, Ashlee stood around confused, and then inexplicably busted out a hoe-down move that would have made the “Hey Dude” cast shudder. When that move ceased to distract the audience from the slow-mo trainwreck that was this performance, Ashlee wandered off stage with a smile on her face as if to say “Are you guys Punking me??” I particularly enjoyed the moments that followed as a lonely spotlight just shone on the stage as if to say “Um, just pretend someone’s singing.” Personally, I don’t see why she didn’t sing the song over again. After all, it’s not like we’re not used to hearing “Pieces of Me” every twenty minutes anyway.
Update: The clip we have here is from the West Coast feed, which is conveniently missing Ashlee’s vocal track flub. So when Ashlee said her band played the wrong tune, she meant her band fake played the wrong tune which Ashlee was supposed to fake sing along to. Not that we Californians understood that with our fake live clip.