SNL pushes comedy envelope with ISIS sketch – a step too far?

You might remember this heartwarming Toyota commercial that aired during this year’s Superbowl.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Un6uP6cykgo

This past weekend, Saturday Night Live did a spoof version of it, featuring the night’s host Dakota Johnson (she of 50 Shades fame). Instead of dropping off his daughter as she went off to join the U.S. Army, this dad watched his daughter go off to join ISIS.

As Joan Rivers once said, if you can make one person laugh, even for a minute, it’s like giving them a little vacation. True, but there’s comedy, and then there’s poor taste. What do you think? Did this sketch cross the line?

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maze
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It’s SNL, they are suppose to cross the line! I found it funny. I like to say to people, f*@k em if they can’t take a joke!

Tarth
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Joke em if they can’t take a f*@k!

Carolyn Finley
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Why do u HAVE to say that to them? Get over it would be fine.

maze
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It’s actually a common saying, I did not invent it. When I wanna do something crazy, I say “f*$k it” also. A fun term used in a song by the band Buckcherry entitled “f$*k it”. Also, like Lynne said, because I can!

Lynne Campbell
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Because he chooses to and “get over it” just isn’t powerful enough.

Brendan
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It would have been funnier if it was half as long,

They just dragged it out a little too much.

I find it funny that most of the people complaining that it is in poor taste are the same people that complain that too many people are politically correct and too sensitive.

halevi
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I’m a big Toyota fan, so I wish they hadn’t used a Toyota, but it was very funny.

Russell Neefe
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halevi . . . Have you noticed what ‘Brand’ of ‘Pick-Up Trucks’ ISIS drive mostly? White or Tan Toyotas! It makes some wonder: Does Toyota make a special deal for ISIS??

lucke1949@yahoo.com
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Only brand I’ve seen ISIS driving. Toyota must have made a Fleet Deal with ISIS.

halevi
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Maybe that’s just what’s available in that region.

George Lortz
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I just think it was typical that the car had N.Y. plates on it. Liberal hell hole.

Bert Brasseaux
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Those who think “It’s just a joke or that just what SNL does, cross the line”, then I say to you: Go play this “joke” in person to the family and friends of the ones beheaded by ISIS and see how funny it seems in that environment. Let it be one of your friends or family in that video being beheaded, burned alive, tortured, raped, mutilated. Would
n’t seem so funny then, would it?

Lynne Campbell
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Most of these “innocents” come from very liberal families. Most of those beheaded decided to side with the muslims and betray their own countries. They were all going to show us how wrong we are, how great and peaceful islam is, while calling anyone who disagrees a bigot. Do i care that they paid the ultimate price for their own bigotry and stupidity. … not even a little.

I am certainly not referring to soldiers or reporters just doing their jobs. My heart breaks for them and their families.

Brendan
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Lighten up Francis.

nothing should be off limits when it comes to jokes.
Don’t be so politically correct sensitive.

Did you ever laugh at a Michael Jackson joke?
I know I did… that doesn’t mean I support child molestation.

Did you ever laugh at a joke about Hitler?
I’m sure you have… did that mean you supported the Holocaust?

human beings laugh and make jokes about horrible things.
It is who we are and it is part of how we cope with life.

Guest
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Isn’t it great that in this country someone can actually think that it’s funny our own young people can be convinced to join a group whose ideology is so evil and full of hate. Who could possibly think that’s not funny. It’s comforting to know that you are so liberated and progressive. Why, by golly, they only want to destroy our country and kill all who don’t think like them. It’s all I can do to keep from busting into laughter. Ha……….ha…………………….ha. Phooey on all those who don’t think like you.

Bill Hammer
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Where do you think these kids get these ideas? It starts with the parents. I don’t recall reading about our youth joining the Japanese Army during WWII. Did they go to sign up with Hitler? Oh yes, what about the Viet Con? How many joined that group. These kids are all fucked up. They deserve what they get from wanting to be a part of this animal society.

Carol Lee Brown
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Some things just aren’t funny…..

Bill Hammer
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I don’t find it funny, but I do find it sad that some parents are so out of touch with their kids, that they would actually contemplate leaving this country to go and join this savage group. I think that SNL is trying to get that same message out there, but you parents have your heads so far up your own ass that you can’t see that, either.

djmc993150
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I think the real problem is the parents who programmed the “hate america / the west” mentality in their kids minds that kids would even do this are the problem. I honestly doubt any kid that left America, UK or elsewhere wasnt set on that path by their parents daily railing against the west vs some online commercials and isis chatrooms.

Rena
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True, but then there are kids who are “rebels” and will do it in spite of their parents.

Bill Hammer
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Well said djmc………..

Rena
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I don’t find this any different than any spoof movies out there such as Hot Shots etc. They take jabs at real life and no one has ever complained before. Yeah perhaps they are a bit in bad taste considering the things going on today but as Brendan mentioned (yeah I’m shocked too that I am defending what he is saying), we spend a lot of our time condemning the PC crowd, then turn around and do the same. I agree that this is not something that should be made light of because there have been so many that have… Read more »
Philanthropussy
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I wonder if Charlie Hebdo thought it was funny????

Rena
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What do you think?

Philanthropussy
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I think they uriner in their pantalon. get it- peed in your pants in French!!!

Justsomedude58
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Being a good father is not for cowards.