• Taran Killam Defends SNL ISIS Sketch. Why Saturday Night Live Star Is Proud (VIDEO)

    America is still debating whether Saturday Night Live’s recent ISIS parody went too far. Now one of the stars of the SNL sketch, Taran Killam, has weighed in. And unsurprisingly, he is defending his employer’s skit.

    This past week’s SNL featured a mock commercial with Killam and guest host Dakota Johnson. The video started out just like the recent Toyota ad that showed a father dropping off his daughter with the Army. But in this Saturday Night Live sketch, the daughter (played by Johnson) left her dad (Killam) to join ISIS. The parody mocked the real phenomenon of American and British teenagers and young adults leaving their homes for the terrorist organization.

    The Saturday Night Live ISIS sketch quickly faced backlash on social media, with some calling it “vile” or “depraved.” But Taran Killam took to Twitter to defend the skit’s writers, without actually naming them. Killam agreed with those who felt ISIS’ actions deserved to be mocked, and he retweeted a follower who felt similarly.

    “Proud of this,” Taran Killam wrote alongside a link to the SNL ISIS parody. “Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon. Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name.”

    And Taran Killam wasn’t the only celebrity to come to SNL’s defense after this ISIS skit. The ladies of The View amazingly agreed on the matter, concluding that this type of comedy was needed in society today.SNL Taran Killam Response Dakota Photo

    “I’ve always felt that the best way to get back at boneheads, like ISIS, is to make them the joke,” Whoopi Goldberg said of the Saturday Night Live parody.

    Added Nicolle Wallace: “Leave SNL out of it. If comedy is supposed to make us laugh at some of the bleakest things happening in our times, I think they nailed it.”

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    Melissa Siegel

    Melissa Siegel is a writer and journalist based in a suburb of New York City.

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