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“Saturday Night Live” Controversial ISIS Skit

On February 28, 2015, “Saturday Night Live” aired one of their most controversial skits. The skit was a parody of a Toyota Camry commercial which aired during the Super Bowl, showing a father dropping off his daughter at the airport to join the U.S. Army. In the “SNL” skit, the father is played by Taran Killam, and  the daughter is played by Dakota Johnson, star of the film “50 Shades of Grey.”

The skit shows the father pulling into the airport with tears in his eyes. He then asks his daughter, “You could stay home, do another year of high school,” and then a pick-up truck arrives with the Islamic State flag on it and militants holding guns.

The daughter then gets out and the father says, “You be careful, okay?”

Then the daughter replies, “Dad, it’s just ISIS,” then she winks at her father and hops into the truck with the militants.

The father then looks at one of the militants with tears in his eyes and says, “Take care of her.”

The Islamic militant then looks back at the father and replies, “Death to America,” and then the truck drives off  as the militants fire their weapons into the air.

After this skit aired, social media and people across the country began to respond. Many thought this was ridiculous and that joking about ISIS is horrible.

“‘SNL’ was tweeted about 25,000 times” right after the skit aired. “Of these tweets, about 9,926 contained ‘reactions,’ or tweets with emotions…” (www.latimes.com).

On the other hand, people also praised “SNL” for this and think ISIS deserved to be mocked. “Comically skewering ISIS is exactly the right thing to do — it should be done even more” (www.cnn.com).

“SNL” actor Taran Killam defended the skit despite all the angry tweets and social media craze. He tweeted, “Proud of this. Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon. Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name” (www.washingtonpost.com).

Satirical humor is why “Saturday Night Live” is so popular, and mocking the most recent news is a straightforward way to do so. Even though they may have crossed the line with this controversial skit, its intentions were to be funny, and that’s just what “SNL” does best.