The skit was double-edged.
It not only made fun of military recruitment commercials, but also at women who are flocking to join the terrorist group to become Jihadi brides.
Still, it hit pretty close to home and was somewhat jarring. But, hey, can’t anyone take a joke?
The skit opens with Taran Killan, playing her dad, pulling up to an airport terminal in the family car. Johnson, his daughter, in the passenger seat.
It’s a send-up of an actual Toyota commercial, and the dialog is hilarious.
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) March 1, 2015
WTF is wrong with #SNL, an ISIS skit as comedy. Just wrong. It will never be funny!! Should be ashamed.
— Rick Grover (@Roosta7511) March 1, 2015
— Rebecca Rhine (@becca76) March 1, 2015
“Well this is it. Do you need any help with your bag,” Killam asks with emotion building in his voice.
He offers her some “walk around money,” and then suggests she could stay home and “do another year of high school.”
“Very funny, Dad,” says Johnson.
“It’s just ISIS,” she reassures him.
After an emotional goodbye, a horn honks in the background and a white Toyota pickup truck in ISIS markings pulls up. It’s loaded with fighters in the back.
Dakota climbs in and for a split second one fighter’s eyes meet’s her, Dad’s. “Death to America,” he says.
The skit was hilarious, a solid piece of political satire that makes it onto the show all to infrequently these days.
But not everyone saw it that way. Social media erupted in protest for making light of the terrorist group. But it was hard to tell whether the criticism was coming from the left or right.
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