In a sketch that many viewers found offensive, SNL borrowed from recent headlines about young girls running off to join ISIS in order to become brides to terrorists
In a parody of a Toyota Camry ad, where a father is dropping his daughter off at the airport on her way to join the military, Dakota Johnson, star of Fifty Shades of Grey and SNL host this week, plays the daughter of SNL regular Taran Killam. But instead of dropping Johnson off at the airport to join the military, Johnson is joining ISIS.
After a seemingly touching goodbye between a father and daughter, where the father says she can just stay home another year, and offers her some “walking around money,” Johnson’s “ride” appears. It’s a truck with Arabic writing on the side, full of bearded men with guns, dressed in black, including the masks seen in the horrible videos of beheadings of people ISIS releases.
Killam, the father, then admonishes her to be careful, Johnson tells Killam, “Dad…it’s just ISIS” as she drops a wink.
As Johnson jumps in the back of the truck, the father meets the eye of one of the ISIS members and, misty-eyed, asks the man to take care of her.
In response, the man says in tones that seem tender and understanding, “Death to America,” before the truck drives off, while the occupants shoot machine guns.
Understandably, social media exploded with outrage and disgust over the very questionable skit.
“I think it’s safe to say I will never watch SNL or any of Dakota Johnson’s movies ever again”
“I’m going to go ahead and voice my opinion on the #SNL ISIS skit. Absolutely hell no, under any circumstance. Poor poor taste!”
“Can’t be serious. Isis skit? Like going to college? When so many people are being kidnapped and killed? Depraved. #SNL”
Just last week, three British schoolgirls ran away to join ISIS in order to become so-called “ISIS brides,” and are believed to have already crossed into Syria. The three students, two of whom are 15 and one aged 16, were the focus of a desperate international hunt to find them before they entered ISIS-controlled territory. For more on that story, click here.
SNL has always been known for edgy humor, consistently focused on current events, but it does seem to many that the writers crossed a line when making light of an organization that has caused so much death and damage. Watch the video below and let us know — did SNL go too far, or is this just more dark humor from a show known to poke fun at everything?
And click here to see the sketch that even SNL found too dark and edgy to air.
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