Sometimes people on the national stage will misfire in their antics and pronouncements. Sometimes they will shoot themselves in the foot.
On Saturday Night Live this past weekend, the producers may have even experienced the bullet exploding the gun.
As the world now knows, a satirical skit by SNL shows a dad dropping off his daughter at the airport, which is a spoof of a commercial where a dad drops his daughter off at the airport to join the Army. In this moment of bad decisions, however, this dad drops his daughter off to join ISIS.
And while there are those who are saying Saturday Night Live should have license to do this without guilt, many others are saying that it was in incredibly bad taste.
Satire has its place and for the most part, Saturday Night Live has been the icon of such levity, propelling many of its casts on to stardom.
But we must agree. This was a bit over the edge. Spoofing ISIS is one thing, but choosing a skit where a dad seems to be proud of his daughter for joining this international band of thugs definitely comes as a misfire at best and perhaps a few missing toes at worst.
The immediate perception by many is that in a time when innocent, good folks are being murdered by these barbarians, such a skit is very much on the dark side and fails miserably in the pursuit of comic relief.
One must think of the families whose worlds have been upended by such horrific terrorism. Certainly they would see no humor whatsoever in such a performance. Nor would most of us.
Certainly this was in poor taste. Programs like Saturday Night Live on the cutting edge of bringing us entertainment by laughing at ourselves and our institutions. But let’s face it, this was no laughing matter. SNL, you are better than this.