“Saturday Night Live” took a brief break from lampooning President Donald Trump and his family this weekend to mock some of its own allies, namely Democrats and the pundits who love them.
The 43-year-old variety show’s targets this week were recently married MSNBC hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, and socialist congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The sketch began by mocking the host’s ongoing on-screen romance. With Kate McKinnon playing Brzezinski and Alex Moffat playing Scarborough, the show portrayed the two as lustful lovebirds too caught up in their romantic feelings to focus on their jobs.
This was nothing new. The show’s been poking fun at the two for some time now. What was new was the show’s portrayal of Ocasio-Cortez as a stereotypical millennial.
“Look at me, I’m different!” the actress playing the socialist congresswoman, Melissa Villaseñor, exclaimed in pride as the fictional Joe and Mika introduced her to their audience.
It was a jab — a light one, mind you — at Ocasio-Cortez for her obsession with identity politics. Like most far-leftists, she appears to believe that one’s racial or ethnic identity is more important than the individual’s character or the lack thereof.
Other than for this jab, the rest of the jokes were more-so about millennials in general than about the congresswoman-elect in particular.
“I’m a millennial. Getting any full-time job is overcoming incredible odds. I’m actually still working for Task Rabbit,” the fictional Ocasio-Cortez said when the fictional Brezinski praised her for overcoming the odds against her and being elected to office.
Millennials have had a bad relationship with the concepts of hard work and individual responsibility.
When the fictional Scarborough then noted to her that working in Congress can be tough, the fictional congresswoman-elect replied with the typical millennial-styled arrogance.
“Joe, I worked as a bartender in a Mexican restaurant like 11 minutes ago. This job is a freaking breeze. We get Saturday and Sunday off. I can sit down whenever I want. Changing America’s health care system will be nada,” she said, echoing the blasé attitude of millennials.
The interview ended with the fictional Ocasio-Cortez dismissing death threats against her on the basis that she’s a tough girl who grew up in the Bronx — which by the way is patently false.
“Listen, I grew up riding the 6 train, OK? I’m used to crazy people yelling, ‘I’m going to kill you’ for no reason. That’s not a death threat, that’s just a Tuesday in the Bronx. I was born for this.”
While it’s true she was born in the Bronx, when she was five her father relocated the family to a home in Yorktown Heights, an an upscale suburb in Westchester County with a median income of $95,523. That makes her an upper middle class girl.
Because of discrepancies like this — as well as the show’s refusal to take any real shots at Ocasio-Cortez — accusations have emerged on social media that “Saturday Night Live” purposefully let her off the hook because of her far-left politics.
Other think the show actually did the congresswoman-elect a favor.
“[T]he show doesn’t mock the politician herself, instead suggesting that everyone who doubts her is ridiculous for suggesting that a millennial may not be well-equipped to serve in Congress,” the leftists at Bustle opined.
Complaints about SNL’s refusal to be as tough on radical liberals like Ocasio-Cortez like they are with the president have existed for awhile now:
We are definitely going to have fun with this idiot @Ocasio2018 Now if only @nbcsnl would be an equal opportunity abuser.
— lisa modica?????♀️?? (@LisaNovi777) November 20, 2018
I’m looking forward to @nbcsnl treatment of @Ocasio2018 our new House idiot.
— EdwZactly⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@edw_zactly) November 21, 2018
When will SNL spoof Alexandria Ocasio Cortez the way they did Palin?
Cortez is a real idiot with plenty of material to offer, yet SNL won’t #GoThere
— Alxandro (@Alxandro) November 15, 2018
A decade ago @nbcsnl made up stuff to mock sarah palin and paint her as stupid. Now we have @Ocasio2018 actually saying dumb stuff every other day. Will you give her the same treatment?
— Kiara Ashanti (@capoftruth) November 26, 2018
I am old enough to remember when @nbcsnl would be salivating at a moron like Ocasio Cortez. Now they are afraid to mock Democrats!
— Who is John Galt? (@Dagny_Galt) November 19, 2018
#LivingCaricature if @nbcsnl were still decent the parodies of @Ocasio2018 would be priceless. In SNLs defense it is hard to mock her demeanor because she herself is so ridiculous. How do you parody a parody?
— Women Who Think (@WomenWhoThink) October 20, 2018
The sketch ended by poking fun at Joe and Mika’s romance again and also taking a shot at the president, of course.
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