Saturday Night Live (SNL) this week did a skit featuring Jay Pharaoh playing President Obama trying to explain the sequester in human terms. Pulling out practically every stereotype available, the skit ended with the mock “Obama” and the mock Village People.
SNL is mocking the President and the real dangers and impact the sequester will have on those who can afford a financial hit the least, which is unfortunate.
Claiming “the absurdity somehow matches the situation,” and adding “the sketch was funny,” Peter Weber at The Week writes:
This week, it’s conservatives who are giddy over Saturday Night Live‘s cold open. In the opening skit, Jay Pharoah’s President Obama holds a press conference to talk about the sequestration law he signed Friday night, saying that he could explain the $85 billion in spending cuts “in financial terms or in human terms, but since I really have no idea how money works or budgets work, I’ll go in human terms instead.” He then describes some of the ways the cuts will affect the White House — watch the jokes above — and the federal workforce. SNL even works in a none-too-subtle Village People homage.
“President Obama may want to blame Republicans for the sequester, but even Saturday Night Live knows the POTUS is actually the one at fault,” says Kelsey Osterman at Red Alert Politics.National Review, The Washington Examiner, The Blaze, and The Daily Caller are some of the other conservative sites that got in on the fun.
Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski notes that the SNL sketch “isn’t really all that different from how politicians are explaining the sequester.”
A few takes from the radical right:
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) March 4, 2013
— Red Alert Politics (@RedAlert) March 4, 2013
But perhaps it was this tweet that sums up exactly what we should all be thinking:
I’m sorry, call me crazy, but I don’t find jokes about the sequester funny right now. They DO affect real people.#SNL
— Keira Rodriguez (@KeiraNY) March 3, 2013
Funny or not funny? Or both? Weigh in.
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