SNL Blindly Offends on Weekend Update
Saturday Night Live has always made politicians' policies and missteps the butt of jokes, but the popular NBC show stooped too far on Dec.13, when it made fun of a governor's disability.
On Saturday, Seth Meyers' “Weekend Update” bit featured a sketch with Fred Armisen playing
A politician's policies and positions and even their personal quirks are fair game for comedians. But poking fun at a personal ailment or disability went too far, and the governor's office agreed.
According to a December 14th New York Times article, the governor's communication director Risa Heller called the sketch “nothing more than cheap ridicule.” SNL, she said, “unfortunately chose to ridicule people with physical disabilities and imply that disabled people are incapable of having jobs with serious responsibilities.”
The SNL caricature of
“The governor is sure that 'Saturday Night Live' with all of its talent can find a way to be funny without being offensive,” Ms. Heller added.