Saturday Night Live, notorious for political skits that poke fun at the Trump Administration, has drawn clear lines in the sand after their most recent political skit.
Now don’t get me wrong, I found the press briefing skit that aired on the show last Saturday to be hilarious and as a conservative, I may be in the minority when I say that I think the SNL cast and writers have hit the nail right on the head when it comes to portraying the Trump administration. I believe it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself, and with levels of political polarization at an all-time high, I would argue that good laugh is much needed by people on both sides of the aisle.
With that being said, there is an issue which people SNL chooses to portray. Modern day comedians have a harder job than their predecessors because of the rise of political correctness in our society. Now, cracking jokes that could be deemed “offensive” is a thing of the past–unless you want to sabotage your career, that is.
When a critic comments on a dress worn by Chrissy Metz, a morbidly obese actress from the show “This Is Us” countless articles were plastered on social media, accusing said critic of “fat shaming”, saying Metz looks great the way she is and that society should embrace women of all shapes and sizes.
Melissa McCarthy, an actress and SNL comedian that plays Press Secretary Sean Spicer, is also obese and claims she is a victim of fat-shaming. “We have to stop categorizing and judging women based on their bodies,” McCarthy said in an Instagram post.
So where’s the outrage when SNL pokes fun at the size and eating habits of Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Sanders, the daughter of Arkansas Governor Republican Mike Huckabee, isn’t the most petite woman to grace the press secretary’s stage, but she is certainly far from obese. In addition to her size, Sanders has a southern accent, which SNL writers used to their comedic advantage.
“My father is Mike Huckabee,” said Aidy Bryant, the comedian who portrayed Sanders in the recent skit. “My mother is a big Southern hamburger.”
The writers also had Bryant devouring an apple throughout the skit.
So why were the common fat-shaming critics silent when it came to SNL’s focus on Sander’s size and eating habits? Why wasn’t the skit on the front page of the Daily Mail Snapchat story, calling its readers to denounce the body shaming done by SNL? Why wasn’t twitter ablaze with feminists demanding an apology? Simple answer: Sanders is a conservative.
Chief Executive Officer of Concerned Women for America, Penny Young Nance, told Fox News’s Todd Starnes that she didn’t understand why the show felt the need to go after Sander’s weight.
“NBC treated her so much more irreverently than they ever would have treated a female leader from the left,” said Young. “No one talked about Hillary Clinton’s weight and I don’t think we should have.”
Even CNN’s Chris Cuomo had an opinion on the skit.
“You were fat-shaming her. You were talking about how she looks and what she wears,” said Cuomo. “I thought that it was mean, not funny.”
SNL has made it clear: Conservative women are fair game, and it looks like society agrees.