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:
And SNL goes a tad too far. Not funny. Not at all. #EpicFail http://t.co/PdhSE1zxQJ
— Cliff Saunders (@cliffsaunders) March 1, 2015
– @nbcsnl #DakotaJohnson‘s 1st sketch was joining ISIS…? Uh. Why. Hate it. Done with the show tonight. #SorryNotSorry.
— Derek (@JustBeingDerek) March 1, 2015
I love a good joke and #SNL but the skit with #DakotaJohnson about #ISIS was not funny at all!
— Michael Sparanese (@SparoInNY) March 1, 2015
Wow that ISIS sketch pushed the envelope, who the hell thought it up? #DakotaJohnson
— Maisie (@Yahyah56) March 1, 2015
Dakota Johnson was shit in 50 shades and she’s now making jokes about ISIS! That last-season trollop needs to disappear!
— Lizzie Askham (@missaskhamx) March 1, 2015
I personally did not find this sketch funny in any way. ISIS is not a joke. #NBC #SNL — https://t.co/QKVK8Pi8ct — http://t.co/2j788YbG0x
— Veronica Evans (@veronicamevans) March 1, 2015
SNL Dakota Johnson – #ISIS Commercial. When American humour becomes tasteless+offensive to those slaughtered by ISIS. http://t.co/YhUN6col5j
— Dr Una Coales (@drunacoales) March 1, 2015
#SNL makes #ISIS look funny. Easy to do living on Park Ave protected by NYPD & FBI. Christians being slaughtered in Middle East not laughing
— Green Mountain Skier (@VermontAttorney) March 1, 2015
Can’t be serious. Isis skit? Like going to college? When so many people are being kidnapped and killed? Depraved. #SNL
— Raine LaChance (@rainelachance) March 1, 2015
Apparently NBC and SNL thought it was funny to have a skit showing #ISIS driving to an airport to pick up an American girl. Tasteless Scum!
— Jim Ematrudo (@ematrudo) March 1, 2015
Maybe the ISIS sketch on tonight’s SNL was the most-offensive thing they’ve ever done.
— Barbara Z. Banks (@zenobia13) March 1, 2015
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