Saturday Night Live may have gone too far with an ISIS parody sketch. SNL producers are facing heavy Twitter backlash after a skit that featured a young woman (played by host Dakota Johnson) leaving home to join the terrorist organization.
This SNL ISIS skit was a parody of the recent Toyota ad that aired during the Super Bowl. The commercial concluded with a father dropping off his daughter at an Army bus terminal.
But the Saturday Night Live sketch ended much differently. The father, played by Taran Killam, warned his daughter, “You be careful out there.” Dakota Johnson’s character then replied, “Dad, it’s just ISIS.” And when the father told one of the ISIS members (played by Kyle Mooney) to take care of his daughter, he just responded, “Death to America.”
“ISIS – We’ll take it from here, Dad,” the voiceover concluded at the end of this SNL sketch.
This SNL parody came in response to the very real phenomenon of young adults leaving their home countries to ISIS. Last week, authorities revealed that Jihadi John, the ISIS member featured in several brutal execution videos, was actually a former British resident lured into joining the terrorist group. And police believe three teenaged girls who recently left their London homes went to Syria to join ISIS.
Not very funny #SNL with the ISIS skit. “Take care of my daughter” referring to a group that gruesomely kills.
— Randy Galloway (@Randy_Galloway) March 1, 2015
— Deb (@WoodfordDeb) March 1, 2015
— Ed Tate (@edwardtate) March 1, 2015
— Mel (@mell_zimmerman) March 1, 2015
— Sue (@manxie809) March 1, 2015
Others, however, defended the SNL ISIS commercial sketch as “hilarious.” Some argued that ISIS, and the teenagers who leave home to join the organization, deserve to be made fun of.
Do people have zero sense of humor? #snl skit on ISIS is hilarious. No one is condoning ISIS and their actions OMG try laughing for once
— Kerry Bradford (@kebradford) March 1, 2015
They weren’t disrespecting the people who ISIS captured, they were making fun of the stupid teenage girls who join them. Hilarious. #SNL
— Taylor Leigh (@Tayskiii711) March 1, 2015
The SNL Isis sketch (where the dad drops his daughter off at the airport to join) was hilarious last night, people get offended too easily.
— JOHN ALOSZKA (@DoeofJohn) March 1, 2015
#SNL ISIS skit was hilarious!! They deserve to be ridiculed!
— Alex Smith (@AlexandraJane24) March 1, 2015
This is actually not the first time Saturday Night Live has come under fire for an ISIS sketch. Last fall, the show featured a similar sketch where ISIS members (including guest star Chris Rock) pitched their organization on Shark Tank. Unlike this week’s sketch, the Shark Tank bit ended with the terrorists getting arrested. But Daymond John, one of the actual sharks on the hit ABC series, called the bit “a little insensitive.”