Saturday Night Live‘s “Weekend Update” featured a Fox News host in the news: Laura Ingraham, or at least a version played by the versatile Kate McKinnon, promoting her “new” advertisers.
The real Ingraham, who hosts The Ingraham Angle, lost numerous advertisers after she tweeted ridicule of a Parkland, Fla., high school shooting survivor who was rejected by some colleges he had applied to.
In response, the student, David Hogg, who has been an active supporter of tighter restrictions on guns after the Parkland shooter claimed 17 lives in February, tweeted a list of Ingraham’s advertisers and many withdrew from her show. The host then apologized and announced she was taking off the following week for a planned Easter break. She returned last week.
After being introduced by ‘Weekend Update’ anchor Colin Jost, McKinnon’s Ingraham emphasized the planned element: “It’s so good to be back after that planned vacation. It was so fun and so planned and so scheduled a long time ago. The important thing is I’m back. And I’m not going to cave from bullying from the ‘tolerant: left,’ ” making sarcastic air quotes.
She then rattled off a list of her replacement sponsors: “Like Carl’s Sr.: ‘Leftover Carl’s Jr. food ground to mush for old people. Mmm, Carl’s Sr.’ And Your Pillow. From the makers of My Pillow. ‘Send us your pillow. We need more pillows.’ Or how about Shkreli’s Jelly. It’s just jelly that’s $8,000 a jar.”
The last one was a reference to Martin Shkreli, who first came to public notoriety after his pharmaceutical company raised the price of medication for a life-threatening illness by 5,000%.
Ingraham explained she would defend the First Amendment against “the totalitarian left”: “That’s my right to bully people without being bullied in return.”
After Jost explained that wasn’t how the First Amendment worked, McKinnon’s Ingraham shifted gears and asked viewers not to boycott her show. “Our country’s so divided right now and I’m an important part of that. Let’s move on. You know I’m gonna say something worse. Why don’t you just watch the show and find out what that’s gonna be?”
Then she offered more replacement advertisers: “Lady Bump Stock. ‘Lightweight bump stocks for delicate hands.’ And Reverse Mortgage: ‘We’ll take that house now.’ And Malaysian Airlines: ‘Caught in a scandal and need an escape? Malaysian Airlines.’ “
She closed with a final advertiser: “But you know who’s not afraid to sponsor this? Cream Soda. ‘The soda for whites. You got the white one, baby!’ ”
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