Do SNL Skits Cross the Line

Cole Belling, Reporter

Many of Saturday Night Live’s (SNL) skits are harmless, while others target specific celebrities or make political statements. Many know these are just a joke, but if you are targeted by these skits it can be offensive.

One such skit released recently was a skit on the Kavanaugh hearing. Those who oppose Kavanaugh were delighted and laughing, but it may not be the same for those who support him. This may be because in the skit Kavanaugh is displayed as a rude drunk who is obviously guilty of sexual assault when he was a teenager.

With 7-8 sketches per episode, one is bound to cross the line. Alec Baldwin’s portrayal of Donald Trump has been the center of this controversy. Baldwin caused controversy by saying that since he started playing Trump “black people love me” during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Non SNL fans think perhaps he’s become the character he plays. With the country so divided this seemingly harmless TV show may be worsening the political divide if it keeps up with these political skits.

Most recently the Baltimore police have taken issue with the talk show’s controversial skits. Members of Baltimore Police have come under fire recently for alleged sexual harassment. Of course SNL jumps in with its portrayal of the incidents. According to an article in  USA Today, the Baltimore Police Union has said, “Don’t kick us while we’re down.” The leader of this union, Gene Ryan, has talked about the unjustness of associating these skits with the many hard working men and women on this force.

“We, on the other hand, believe that humor at the expense of our brave membership is not humor at all,”  Ryan said in USA Today.

To be fair SNL does also mock Hillary and Obama, which President Trump seems to overlook. I believe that everyone needs to just cool down and acknowledge that these skits are just joke meant to be played off for laughs because that’s all they are, funny.