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John Krasinski’s SNL Episode: Am I Missing Something?

Written by on February 11, 2021

Story by Chuck Tackett

John Krasinski’s SNL Episode: Am I Missing Something?

First of all, I have never seen an episode of “The Office,” or the Netflix series, “Jack Ryan.” With that declaration, I am not very familiar with the actor John Krasinski. 

If you are a regular reader of mine, you know I am a huge enthusiast of old school classic horror movies, especially from the 1930s to the 1950s.

The one and only time I knew of Mr. Krasinski was when he starred and cowritten the chilling modern-day horror movie, “A Quiet Place.” that came out in 2018.

With that said, I had heard some scuttlebutt regarding actor John Krasinski. He had hosted the first new episode of SNL in 2021.

All I heard was that some joke he did insulted the LGBTQ community. I did not know what complainers were talking about until Tuesday, February 2nd. When it comes to SNL, it is customary for me to record the show and watch it when it is convenient for me.

After watching the opening dialogue scene where the controversy happened, I asked myself “Did I miss something?” According to “Them” newsletter writer, Michelle Kim, LGBTQ viewers at home complained with remarks such as “It’s 2021, and two men kissing is supposed to be a joke?” and “Homosexuality isn’t a punchline.” The complainers were questioning how two Cisgender males kissing was supposed to be a joke. Am I missing something? The two men kissing was John Krasinski and SNL performer Pete Davidson. What does them being Cisgender have to do with anything? Am I missing something?

Later on, in that very same episode, SNL performers Ms. Kate McKinnon and Ms. Aidy Bryant, two Cisgender females portrayed 2 best friends as contestants on a game show comedy sketch. The joke on this particular sketch was that they were two Lesbians who had difficulty keeping up the front of just being best friends. They were constantly kissing each other passionately, and was even rolling around the floor embracing each other. The audience were laughing at their antics, yet there were no reports of complaints from LGBTQ viewers at home. Somebody school me. Am I missing something here?

On that very same episode, complaints were directed toward SNL performer Mr. Michael Che on his controversial performance. Mr. Che is best known for portraying a news anchor on the legendary comedic sketch, “Weekend Update,” spoofing news anchors. It is satire regarding all our news anchors. Mr. Che made a joke about President Biden repealing, through Executive order, Trump’s ban on Transgender people serving in the military. He joked saying “It’s good news except Biden is calling it, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tuck.” I thought it was hilarious.

SNL is spoof, it is satire. That popular show, “Drunk History” is the same thing. Don’t they teach what spoof or satire is in Drama class in high school? If you do not know what spoof or satire is, google it. The actors performing on SNL are employees. Do not punish them. They are doing their job. They get paid for performing. You should be complaining to SNL creator/producer Lorne Michaels if you are dissatisfied with what is being aired on that show. 

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