Outrage erupts over ‘SNL’ ISIS skit; ‘Christians being slaughtered not laughing’

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” is known for pushing the envelope, but this week, the comedy routine may have pushed too far.

Saturday’s skit had SNL regular Taran Killam playing a father driving his daughter, played by actress Dakota Johnson, to a parking lot so she could join the Islamic State.

The skit is a spoof of Toyota Camry’s “My Bold Dad” commercial of a father driving his daughter to the airport so she can join the U.S. Army.

“Looks like your ride is here,” Killam said as a truck bearing an Islamic State-like flag drove up with people dressed as terrorists in the back. “You be careful, OK?”

“Dad, it’s just ISIS,” Johnson replied.

The skit is all the more insensitive for its timing — coming shortly after the Islamic State executioner known as “Jihad John” was identified as a Westerner, three men with Islamic State ties were arrested in the United States and three British teenage girls fled to Syria to join the terror group.

And that’s on top of near-daily reports of Christian communities being hounded by Isis savages, or, as Twitter user put it, “Christians being slaughtered in Middle East not laughing.”

Then again, when America’s president doesn’t take the terrorist threat seriously, how can we expect a comedy show to behave any differently?

Many Twitter users were unimpressed with the sketch, including these folks:

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia

Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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