Saturday Night Live Hosting Hate: Donald Trump

19 Oct

TrumpI used to think of Saturday Night Live (SNL) as a piece of pop culture that made an attempt at being progressive — to provide humor by shining a light on systemic oppression and the laughter was found in the irony/parody.  While SNL has had its great triumphs and failures in the past 40 years, they have reached a new low by giving the racist, bigoted, misogynistic, homophobe Donald Trump a platform for hate.

One can only assume that NBC and SNL do not care that they continue to push away targeted communities, such as the Latino community, the African-American community, and the LGBTQ community, not to mention people who have shared identities in all of these communities. Of course Trump is an equal-opportunity hater, well-known for his rabid Islamophobia. He revels in perpetuating fear-mongering myths propped up by old white men. If SNL was doing a remount of 9 to 5 and cast Trump as Franklin Hart, I would get that and I could see how that would be funny, albeit type casting.

Trump’s appearance is a remarkable, disgusting reversal of NBC’s earlier actions. When The Hair That Roared made his infamous comments about Mexican immigrants in late June, the network severed all ties with him, stating:

At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values.

I guess the greedy quest for ratings/MONEY is more foundational even than that cornerstone.

Sadly, by giving Trump a platform and so much airtime, I can only assert that NBC and SNL are now colluding with a dominant white, male, heteronormative, discourse that shows nothing but disdain for people outside of that identity. How disappointing. I can only encourage people not to watch SNL and send a message that hosting and promoting HATE just isn’t funny.

12 Responses to “Saturday Night Live Hosting Hate: Donald Trump”

  1. Dr. Rex October 19, 2015 at 5:47 am #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    So very well stated … I remember when NBC distanced their organization from the “donald” …. I won’t be watching. This “message” from NBC says a lot!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 19, 2015 at 5:52 am #

      Thank you, Dr. Rex for reblogging this! Peace, Michael.

      • Dr. Rex October 19, 2015 at 6:31 am #

        Most welcome .. this is a very important point!! Thank YOU!! Michael … peace!

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 19, 2015 at 6:44 am #

        Thanks, Dr. Rex. I hope people will take action and let NBC know this is not acceptable.

  2. loispercente October 19, 2015 at 8:49 am #

    Reblogged this on Essence of Pride, Inc. and commented:
    Unbelievable, that society can be fooled by a quick talker like Donald Trump. As I am sure that he has some good qualities, none of those in my book are marketable or fit enough for him to become our next President. Being the President of the United States requires more than have good business sense. He or she also needs to be open minded, free from outright prejudice in which Mr. Trump has exhibited on various occasions, if not every chance he gets.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm #

      Thank you for reblogging this, Essence of Pride. You have a great blog! Peace, Michael.

  3. Central Oregon Coast NOW October 19, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

  4. renxkyoko October 19, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    ” Hosting and promoting hate….. nailed it. I don’t even find SNL funny anymore.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 19, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

      Thank you! It is sad how low the franchise is willing to sink in the name of ratings over quality.

  5. Michael T October 20, 2015 at 2:38 pm #

    I agree and thank you for raising our awareness that viewing could be counted as assent to hate speech, we are not amused by Donald and NBC ! Thank you for your blog.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt October 20, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

      Michael, thank you for your comments here. Thank you also for being such a strong ally to so many targeted groups! Peace, Michael.

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