The "Climate Change" digital short stars Beck Bennett as self-absorbed actor Blake Vilanti (Beck Bennett) -- who plays Simon on The CW series "Simon Slays" -- as he attempts to fix the environment "before any other actor." Blake Vilanti teams up with Dr. Robert Khan (played by host Kumail Nanjiani) -- "one of the highest-grossing doctors in the climate world" -- to save the planet, then asks him ridiculous things like "What IS the ocean?" and which is his best headshot.
So we have a fedora-wearing actor on a vampire show on The CW who prominently advocates for the environment. It definitely looked like a shot at TVD's Ian Somerhalder.
"[A]nyone who watches The CW on even a semi-regular basis can tell that Blake is a parody of former Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder. His love of fedoras is outmatched only by his passion for helping the environment, which led him to create his own foundation that aims to 'empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.' (I would argue that Somerhalder is far more informed than Bennett's character, but I'm not about to deconstruct the whole sketch here.)"
Many fans commented in defense of Somerhalder, writing versions of posts like this: "Interesting that SNL decides to mock someone using their celebrity to work towards making our planet conducive to continue sustaining human life... didn't know that was funny."
Others saw the humor, and saw it as a compliment-of-sorts that Somerhalder even made it onto SNL's radar. "Funny. But yes, Ian definitely knows more than the character. And the Foundation has done good with the money donated. Grants have been given to aid animals in need. You can read success stories about that and more at http://www.isfoundation.com."
Twitter just loved the shade of it all, because ... Twitter:
No but...— Elizabeth (@PrettyGirlBeMe) October 18, 2017
SNL MADE AN ENTIRE SKIT ABOUT IAN SOMERHALDER AND HIS RIDICULOUSNESS pic.twitter.com/KvNC3QI87q
This cut for time SNL sketch goes unfairly hard on Ian Somerhalder. It's brutal but I laughed hard. https://t.co/yzWTJ0ZIjp— UntemperedTerror (@UntemperedTV) October 18, 2017
the fact that literally everybody - including other celebs - knows SNL was mocking ian somerhalder is hilarious— next (@lolawantswhat) October 19, 2017
snl made a skit making fun of ian somerhalder i suddenly LOVE SNL— nainika ]]>🌱😂