The cast members of “Saturday Night Live” might not be much like the saner part of America, but their moms sure seem to be.
That was the surprise takeaway from a special Mother’s Day segment that opened “SNL” on Saturday night that featured cameo appearances by the mothers of some of the show’s biggest names.
And they didn’t seem at all happy with the show’s relentlessly liberal bent.
As the mother of Colin Jost, “SNL’s” co-head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor put it, “I think Alec Baldwin does a great Trump impression. But why does it have to be so mean?” she said. “Who writes that stuff?”
More to the point, does anyone honestly think it’s funny?
“SNL,” of course was getting to be a snake nest of the #Resistance phonies even before President Donald Trump was sworn into office. As his term enters its 17th month, it’s almost become a byword for late-night Democrat comedy.
Baldwin’s malicious portrayals of Trump have gotten so tiresome that even a veteran of the show’s 1990s era, Rob Schneider, is publicly complaining about them.
But Saturday night’s opening was definitely different. And it might have been a hint that even the show’s cast and writers are getting the idea that they’ve been banging the same drum for too long.
It’s tough to say how serious the critiques were — “SNL” runs heavy to satire, after all. But it’s a fair bet that these women have enough self-respect that they wouldn’t be simply parroting lines written for them by their children if they didn’t think there was a kernel of truth in there.
The comments were also treated as straight news by the newspapers that have an unmistakeable anti-Trump bias.
The New York Time headlined its piece, “’Saturday Night Live’: Amy Schumer Hosts, Mothers Say ‘Enough With the Trump Jokes.’”
The Washington Post headline was similar: “’SNL’ Moms to Their Kids: Quit It With the Trump Jokes Already!”
In short, “SNL” might be getting the message that the constant anti-Trump activism is getting old.
That was certainly the reaction of some social media users:
Slowly walking back…
— Rigbee17 (@Sandie882Sandie) May 13, 2018
Bash Trump. Way overkill. Boring. #makecomedyfunnyagain
— Kenn Anderson (@Kenn_Anderson) May 13, 2018
About time someone told them enough with the trump jokes
— Patty (@Patty7041) May 13, 2018
Can a comedy show be taken seriously when it comes to what it’s going to be joking about? Probably not.
Would you watch ‘SNL’ more if it was less anti-Trump?
But it doesn’t take a media analyst to think that the “SNL” crew had some reason for the Mother’s Day presentation, and chances are it wasn’t because they all thought it would be really funny to make their mothers look like fools.
As Schneider told the (anti-Trump) New York Daily News in April, “The fun of ‘Saturday Night Live’ was always you never knew which way they leaned politically. You kind of assumed they would lean more left and liberal, but now the cat’s out of the bag, they are completely against Trump, which I think makes it less interesting because you know the direction the piece is going.”
Maybe that Mother’s Day segment was a hint that “SNL” won’t be so boringly predictable next season.
If so, the sane part of America might start watching again.
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