‘SNL’ frowns on Congress over lack of social media literacy
“Saturday Night Live” toasted an AARP age convention as it reflects on Facebook regulation following allegations it promotes and encourages division and harms teenage self-esteem.
The show opened with a parody of the C-SPAN coverage of former Facebook employee Frances Haugen testifying before the Senate earlier this week. Portrayed by Heidi Gardner, Haugen thanked Senators for inviting her to Capitol Hill, saying, “It’s nice to be in an office without skateboards.”
Senator John Kennedy (Kyle Mooney) got right to the point when he said, “This so-called algorithm – I just want to clarify a few things: where is it? Do you have it with you now?
Warned that computer algorithms are everywhere, including in cell phones, Kennedy begged to differ, holding up his flip phone and proclaiming that he only allowed her to call his son or the hospital.
Senator Ted Cruz, played by Aidy Bryant, expressed concern about online harassment.
He said he had seen Facebook groups with names like “Ted Cruz sucks, or Ted Cruz is the real Zodiac Killer.” He argued that they should be flagged as disinformation. But he is immediately informed that “Ted Cruz sucks” is not misinformation.
Senator Cory Booker (Chris Redd) took the opportunity to say, “Rosario Dawson. She and I are dating.”
“My question is,” he said, “does that make sense?
Senator Lindsey Graham (James Austin Johnson) asked, “When you open an incognito window on Google, does it prevent God from seeing what you are doing?” “
The cold opening ended with the introduction of “King of Social Media OG” – MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson, played by Pete Davidson.
“Remember me,” he said. “I was harmless.”
Host Kim Kardashian West used her monologue to poke fun at some of her family and even criticize “SNL” by saying her social media audience is several times larger than the show’s viewership.
“Tonight is just a cold and intimate night for me,” she said.
Kardashian West has said she takes pride in making a fortune and no one can call her a gold digger. She said she wasn’t quite sure what a gold digger is, so she asked her mom’s boyfriend, Corey Gamble.
Kardashian West credited her family’s relationship with OJ Simpson (her late father Robert was her lawyer) with introducing her to black Americans. “OJ leaves a mark,” she said.
She praised her mother, Kris Jenner, for giving her children “K” names but avoiding Karen, who is sometimes used to describe white women who claim privileges over people of color.
“Somehow she knew it,” Kardashian West said. “I don’t know how she saw this one coming and not Caitlyn.”
Finally, she hit Kanye West, a former presidential candidate, from whom she is currently divorcing, while launching a second blow against Caitlyn Jenner, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in the recall elections. Governor of California in September.
“I am not a presidential candidate,” she said. “We can’t have three failed politicians in one family.”
The “Weekend Update” news segment has grilled Facebook again, claiming that the argument that the social media giant has had a bad influence on America is one of the few things Democrats and Republicans are on seem to be getting along lately.
As a photo of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared, co-host Colin Jost said, “This week we found out that sometimes a guy in a hoodie can be dangerous.”
Jost said he went to college with Zuckerberg, who created the precursor to Facebook while attending Harvard University, and he expressed some shame about it.
“I feel bad,” Jost said. “Sometimes I wish I had a time machine.”
He said he would go back to his college days and confront Zuckerberg: “Hey man, can I be part of your company?”
Host Michael Che noted it was a bad week for Facebook, which was hit by a major outage that also affected Instagram and WhatsApp.
“This week Instagram was on hiatus for an entire day, forcing many Instagram addicts to spend their time with Twitter, TikTok or hosting ‘SNL’.