Russell and Duenes

What Has Become of Saturday Night Live?

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Last night I did something I almost never do these days: Watch Saturday Night Live (SNL). Tina Fey was the guest host, and frankly, I don’t find her funny as a general rule, but that’s just me. Yet in watching their lampooning of the most recent Republican presidential hopeful’s debate, I realized that a certain line has been crossed. SNL is no longer trying to imitate the mannerisms and speech patterns of Republican candidates in order to get a few laughs. They are engaging in ad hominem attacks that are just insulting. Having Tina Fey portray Sarah Palin as a woman with an IQ somewhere just south of freezing is bad enough (Question: Is Tina Fey some kind of intellectual? Is she even smart? Who decides?), but to see them get into Michelle Bachmann, insinuating that she’s some kind of weird pyscho with crazy eyes who, no surprise, is also a flaming idiot, is just plain, well, not funny. In fact, the only funny thing about the sketch was Darrell Hammond playing Donald Trump, and Hammond is a holdover from the days when SNL actually knew how to do political satire.

The sketch had all the subtlety of a Mormon missionary knocking at one’s front door. The SNL cast may as well just skip the sketch and come out holding up signs that say, “All Republicans are moronic, driveling, bigoted, facists, worthy of nothing else but to be sneered at, mocked, and slandered.” That might even be more funny. Can anyone seriously imagine Barack Obama being portrayed in this way? Any Democrat? Even Clinton was not tarred with such personal slander, and I’m quite sure that his character warranted it more than some of these Republicans.

Now I know why I almost never, and now will never, watch SNL. While they’re insulting Republicans’ intelligence, they’re really insulting mine.



Written by Michael Duenes

May 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Posted in Duenes, Reflections

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  1. D-
    I don’t think SNL has changed at all. They have always shown Republicans as “moronic, driveling, bigoted, fascists, worthy of nothing else but to be sneered at, mocked, and slandered.” Don’t you remember Chevy Chase’s Gerald Ford falling down steps? There wasn’t even an attempt to impersonate him, but rather mock him- even though Ford was a great athlete and not a bumbling goof (though pardoning Nixon was kind of asking for it).

    russell and duenes

    May 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    • R-
      Yes, I thought of Chase as soon as I wrote the post. And Chevy Chase has even admitted, in an interview I listened to, that he was trying to discredit Ford. But this latest iteration of SNL is not even funny. It may as well be a political ad written up by the DNC.


      russell and duenes

      May 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm

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