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‘SNL’ Skit Prompts Backlash — See What the Uproar Is About

Apr 18, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A sketch aired on the latest installment of “Saturday Night Live” (watch it below) has sparked a torrent of outrage. The satirical sketch, “Heroin AM,” presents itself as a commercial for a form of heroin mixed with caffeine and cocaine.

The sketch features “SNL” cast members along with guest host Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The Washington Post notes that the sketch comes as the country faces a disturbing increase in heroin use. The story reports that social media responded to the bit with a flood of angry comments, such as these tweets:

  • “#SNL Heroin/AM “commercial” NOT FUNNY! Too many people are dying FOR REAL.”
  • “You probably laughed at the Heroin AM sketch on #SNL, but I’ll bet no one in Northern Kentucky did.”

Judge for yourself — here’s the sketch, which was posted on YouTube by NBC:


  1. Oh please. Get a sense of humor people …sheesh.

  2. The show hasn’t been funny in years. This is a perfect example.I’m not a fan of being “PC” – I just don’t think it’s funny

  3. Sorry, Funny Lady. I’m having a hard time understanding how anyone would think an addiction that is killing so many (including “innocents” in DUI accidents) could be considered funny.

  4. All the more reason why we need more skits like these. We have to laugh at difficult things, because it’s sometimes the only way to begin coping.

  5. Oh, I see. Let’s make fun of childhood cancer, the Holocaust, domestic violence, rape, etc. You may think those are hilarious as well. Sorry, I’m unconvinced.. and I like to laugh as much as anyone. SNL must be scraping the bottom of the creative barrel.

  6. No one is making fun of childhood cancer, they are satirizing the construct of heroin addiction which is on the rise and is quite prevalent in the Entertainment Industry.

  7. White people are hilarious. They’ve been making crack cocaine jokes, at the expense of the black community, for years and everyone thought it was the funniest thing ever. But, now that whites have a heroin epidemic in their communities, suddenly, it’s no laughing matter.

    I thought this skit was timely, pointed and funny. And, just like I laughed at the crack cocaine jokes, I’ll laugh at the heroin ones, too. Maybe, if you guys passed stricter laws to criminalize heroin users and lock them in jail, they’ll stop using and you wouldn’t have this problem in your neighborhoods (sarcasm alert for the perpetually outraged).

    Good comedy should fear nothing. Except white privilege, right?

  8. Looks like I’m headed to Northen Kentucky….

  9. Obviously not for everyone. I thought it was perfect!

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