If you are anything like me, you might be slightly obsessed with Saturday Night Live. SNL is a judgement free zone where almost anything goes, and that makes me oh so happy, but sometimes uncomfortable. For instance, this past Saturday SNL centered almost every skit around the Presidential debate. The first skit was a play on the debate, but for me and some of my friends who watched as well, it was just as humorous as the real debate- in other words, what a voting year. There were moments, however that made me ask “can they really say that?” This moment came from the Weekend Update performance when Colin Jost and Michael Che were discussing the protest against the National Anthem. With what was an awkward presentation of an even more dulling joke, the two co-anchors horribly attempted to make a light situation out of a pretty serious larger debate. Calling the National Anthem boring, poking fun that “of course” white people love the National Anthem (even thought the anthem is a representation of those who fought and died for our country INCLUDING people of all races who participated in the war), and so on. The one good thing that came out of this ‘report’ was the quote about a protest: “I’m sure it’s an inconvenient time to bring up such a heavy subject during a football game, but it’s a protest; it’s supposed to be inconvenient. It’s a protest.” Which I totally agree with.
But again, SNL is a place where anything goes. Especially making jokes about racial slurs and hatred of a National symbol that represents ALL races. Heck, even the audience sounded like they were being forced to laugh at this segment. All I could imagine was a cue card that says “LAUGH” being held up to the audience.