Mean Ol’ SNL

December 15, 2008 at 10:45 pm (Humor, Politic) (, )

Saturday Night Live and controversy?! No way. Who would have ever considered the two in the same sentence?

Yahoo! News is reporting that a recent SNL skit involving an impersonation of New York Governor David Paterson is sparking controversy with certain groups:

“The National Federation of the Blind issued a statement calling the characterization “absolutely wrong” and criticized the show for playing up the stereotype that blind people are “incapable of simple tasks.””

“Really!?!” Was that the point of the skit? Were they mocking Paterson for being incompetent because he was blind or did SNL dig a smidge deeper and comment on his other indiscretions including his admitted taste for cocaine? Did blind people even watch the skit…oh, maybe that was a poor choice of words, but I think the comment is pretty ticky-tack.

Apparently Paterson himself found time out of his busy schedule to comment on the skit as well via a statement released by his office saying that SNL should, “Find a way to be funny without being offensive.”

Yeah and my office released a statement saying elected official should find a way to represent their constituents without being morally repugnant or evasive in regards to accountability.

So, you heard it here, comedy should never be offensive. We should really be careful about that America. Especially political satire, which of all comedic expression should only serve to build people up and gloss over ethical flaws.

A nationally televised skit based comedy show that has built its viewership on political satire and edgy humor should really take a deeper look at itself and ask whether in the midst of this economic turmoil, we should laugh at the expense of politicians who are corrupt or distinguished in their incompetence? Is that really what we want to do?

See for yourself, but I guess I should caution – it’s pretty offensive and controversial!

Saturday Night Live – Update: Gov. Paterson

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