Critics Blast ‘SNL’ Paterson Parody
December 15, 2008 11:17 AM
The National Federation of the Blind found nothing funny about Saturday’s “Weekend in Review” skit on “Saturday Night Live,” where show cast member Fred Armisen did his impression of New York Gov. David Paterson, who is blind and has admitted to doing drugs in his youth.
The Paterson parody was puerile. Even Paterson, who is known for his sense of humor, told the New York Daily News that he found it offensive.
He said only 37% of disabled people are working, and that he and the NFB fear the skit reinforces the stereotype that blind people are not capable of holding jobs.
“SNL’s” skit was off-putting to me. He sat at the desk appearing confused, not knowing where to look at the cameras, and held up a sign upside-down.
To make matters worse, later Armisen, still portraying Paterson, stumbled about looking lost when another “SNL” cast member, Amy Poehler, made an official announcement that she was leaving the show.
So let’s give “SNL” some fodder for future parodies. Here’s my vote: How about a skit on former financier Bernie Madoff, who was arrested last Friday for allegedly stealing $50 billion from his clients.
Any other ideas for the SNL writers?