‘SNL’ struck a nerve with this ISIS recruitment ad sketch

As amazing as it sounds, Fifty Shades of Grey wasn’t the most controversial part of Dakota Johnson‘s stint hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend.

No, the most polarizing sketch in the show was a disturbing spoof of Toyota’s “My Bold DadSuper Bowl ad.

In the sketch, Taran Killam plays an emotional dad dropping his daughter (Johnson) off at the airport, where she’s set to head off on a life-changing journey. But Johnson isn’t going to school abroad or joining the Army. She’s joining a group of a much different caliber.

The fake ad’s tagline: “ISIS. We’ll take it from here, Dad.”

Has SNL gone too far with a sketch lampooning ISIS? Some viewers thought so.

To these and other viewers, SNL was making light of a terrorist organization that has killed prisoners, convinced young girls to run away to become brides, and led people to risk everything (and break the law) by trying to join them. ISIS is now even threatening Twitter founder Jack Dorsey for suspending ISIS-related Twitter accounts.

On the other hand, SNL (like Japan) was openly mocking ISIS and in turn undermining the group’s message. It’s probably one of the more scathing sketches SNL has done in recent memory, and some people simply found it to be hilarious.

SNL isn’t apologizing for the sketch; it’s still on YouTube, where it has been viewed more than 560,000 times. Based on the like-to-dislike ratio, the satire defense seems to be winning the debate.

Screengrab via Saturday Night Live/YouTube


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Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski

Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.