After Tina Fey debuted her now-famous “Bitch Is the New Black” routine on “Saturday Night Live” last February, NBC caught flak for apparently lobbing an endorsement at Hillary. All parties at NBC denied any kind of favoritism, even as bumper stickers emblazoned with the phrase made their way to Clinton rallies. By the time Amy Poehler was promoting “Baby Mama,” her recent film with Fey, she had grown defensive about it. “I don’t even want to talk about that,” she told an interviewer from the Onion when he asked her about whether the bit bolstered Hillary.
If “Saturday Night Live” was once soft on Hillary, well, it whetted its knife this week, with a satire poking fun at the embattled senator. An excerpt: “First, I am a sore loser … Unlike Senator Obama, I have no ethical standards. Even my critics would agree that once I get the nomination, I will stop at nothing — absolutely nothing — to win, whereas with Senator Obama there are some things he simply will not do. Take, for example, the race card, which he has been reluctant to play. As in, anyone who doesn’t vote for me is a racist. I, on the other hand, will be happy to play the gender card and claim that anyone who doesn’t vote for me is a sexist. In fact, once Senator Obama is out of the picture I look forward to playing the race card myself. As in, anyone who doesn’t vote for me is both a sexist and a racist.”
You can argue in the comments to what extent you think the satiric portrait is accurate, but I’ll go ahead and tell you that, regardless, I don’t think it’s all that funny. Too many easy jabs, not any real creativity. Sigh. I remember the days when “SNL” was offensive and made me laugh.