“50 Shades” leading lady Dakota Johnson hosted “Saturday Night Live” last week. She starred in a skit that has been almost as controversial as “50 Shades” itself.Embed from Getty Images
Johnson’s skit, a spoof based on the Super Bowl’s Toyota commercial, portrays her leaving her teary-eyed father in the car as she leaves to join ISIS. Yes, you read that correctly. Instead of leaving to join the Army, Dakota Johnson gets out of the car to join the gun-wielding men of the terrorist group. After an emotional car ride, the father asks if she needs help with her bags. At 1:02, she says, “Dad, it’s just ISIS.”
Here is the skit.
I can’t tell you if the video was funny or not; you’ll have to decide for yourself. What I can tell you is the internet went ballistic after this.
Flurries of tweets and posts overflowed newsfeeds, even before the episode was over. Many people tweeted that ISIS is nothing to joke about, saying they turned off the television before the episode was even over. Most of the coverage of this situation portrays the negative opinions.
However, there were others who posted that ISIS should be mocked.
Actor Taran Killam tweeted ‘Proud of this.”
Fox News host Tucker Carlson responded by saying he appreciates comedy that pushes the boundaries. He suggested that SNL come up with a skit that mocked transgender bathrooms (in response to this bill, proposed by Kentucky’s Senator Embry in January). He went on to say that even a joke mocking something as ridiculous as the proposed bill would never happen.
“You will never, ever see that. Why? Because it’s just too far. There actually is a line, it’s just a different line than most of us perceive,” he said. Read more about his thoughts from The Independent.
Everyone seems to agree that there IS a line, but no one can seem to decide exactly where it is. My question, then, is do you think it’s possible to have a line, or is it really just a judgement call? And if it is a judgement call, what would you have said about running this skit on SNL?