Feb. 6, 2018

Selective Memory


*Note: This blog is not going to sit well with some of you. Many will accuse me of defending vulgarity and crass humor. I hope you will read between the lines to understand I really am defending reality and trying to point out unwarranted paranoia.  Thank you for reading.

I took the time to read some public comments attached to a news article featuring a clip from a recent episode of Saturday Night Live. I am going to be honest with you. I laughed at the clip. I found most of it funny; not everything, but most. The clip revolved around Melania Trump asking some of the former First Ladies for advice. All types of humor doesn’t appeal to everyone. I never found Jackie Gleason funny. I got over it.

There is a feature on our remote that allows us to change channels or, better yet, turn off the TV when something doesn’t appeal to us. Try it; you might like it.

What I found most interesting about the feedback from the clip and article was Trump supporters accusing SNL of becoming too politicized and “relentlessly focusing on Trump’s shortcomings.” Really? What decade were you born in? I was around when the first episode of Saturday Night Live aired. I can tell you – making fun of political leaders is nothing new for them.

Every President since the premiere of SNL in the mid-1970’s has been the brunt of SNL’s jokes. The only difference seems to be former Presidents and their supporters could handle it. Again, remember your remote’s capabilities?

Of course, when Saturday Night Live first aired, I was in high school. My parents did not allow it in our home because of the vulgar humor. They weren’t concerned with the political jokes. They were concerned about the sexual ones. I think my parents knew humor in politics keeps us sane. But, they also used their skills to turn off the TV or change the channel. Remember…this was in pre-remote times. We had to actually get up and manually perform these tasks.

I’m not saying I’ve ever watched an entire episode of SNL. I typically change the channel right after their opening skit – you know, the politicized ones. Saturday Night Live has always made fun of people in Washington. It really isn’t anything new. Personally, I think our entire country needs to lighten up and laugh more.

I remember watching SNL actors make fun of Richard Nixon saying, “I am not a crook!” (which he was.) I remember them poking fun at Jimmy Carter’s Playboy interview. I vividly remember Chevy Chase portraying Gerald Ford and tripping all over the place.  Apparently, Gerald Ford was clumsy and SNL wanted to make sure the public was aware. There was one episode Chevy tripped over the White House Christmas tree. You gotta admit a Christmas tree is a pretty big target.

A pair of actors portrayed Ronald and Nancy Reagan throughout Reagan’s two terms. I read the Reagans watched, loved it, and even laughed. (Eeekkkk…is a President allowed to laugh at himself?)

Of course, SNL hit prime comedy with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Oh, my gosh, it was so funny! I’ll never forget the time an actress portrayed Hillary sitting on top of a piano singing, “I can’t make you love me if you don’t….” I rolled on the couch laughing!

The very best of all times was Will Ferrell’s portrayal of George W. Bush. He is amazing! He stops by every now and then to reprise the character asking, “Do you miss me, yet?” Yes, GW, I miss you.

Obama is always portrayed by someone Black (Are you shocked?) with big ears and a pause-filled speaking pattern. Michelle is always portrayed by a tall actress that is fixated on health and her muscular arms. You know…art does copy life.

Could it be our current President and his supporters are a tad-bit too sensitive OR could it be this President provides great material for the SNL writers? What’s my point? Read my lips (George Herbert Walker Bush used that phrase and I love him, so don’t get your panties in a wad): Change the channel if you don’t like it.

America is built on many freedoms. Freedom of the press and freedom of speech are two very important ones. They have the freedom to write it, portray it, and you have the freedom to turn them off.

We can’t make you love them if you don’t. <wink>

*Photos used were on a public site provided by NBC.