”SNL” Sketch Sparks Controversy – NYC

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Dakota Johnsson says 'Dad, it's just ISIS' as she joins ISIS  in 'Saturday Night Live's' controversial sketch. 

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Dakota Johnsson says ‘Dad, it’s just ISIS’ as she joins ISIS  in ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ controversial sketch.

There were no “shades of gray” to a controversial “Saturday Night Live” sketch about a girl joining ISIS that sparked an online debate about whether the comedy show crossed a line.

The skit, which opens with “50 Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson saying goodbye to her dad at what appears to be an airport, lampoons a recent commercial for Toyota Camry.

In that ad, a dad recalls his daughter’s life and bids her a tearful farewell as she joins the military.

The commercial for Toyota featres a girl being driven to the airport after joining the Army.

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The commercial for Toyota featres a girl being driven to the airport after joining the Army.

In the parody on 'SNL,' the daughter joins ISIS instead, which has drawn some criticism from viewers.

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In the parody on ‘SNL,’ the daughter joins ISIS instead, which has drawn some criticism from viewers.

Dakota Johnson and Taran Killam parody 'My Bold Dad' commercial with an 'SNL' sketch about joining ISIS on Feb. 28.

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Dakota Johnson and Taran Killam parody ‘My Bold Dad’ commercial with an ‘SNL’ sketch about joining ISIS on Feb. 28.

The SNL sketch follows the same trajectory, until Johnson’s ride arrives.

A pick-up truck bearing the Islamic State’s black flag and carrying three armed insurgents pulls up.

“You be careful, OK?” the dad tells his daughter.

“Dad, it’s just ISIS,” Johnson replies, giving her old man a wink.

The father locks eyes with one of the ISIS fighters and asks “Take care of her.”

The insurgent solemnly nods and replies, “Death to America.”

The truck then peels off as the fighters fire guns into the air.

The parody concludes with the slogan: “ISIS. We’ll take it from here, dad.”

The sketch, which was inspired by recent events including three British girlswho left London to go join ISIS, immediately received mixed reviews.

“I’m going to go ahead and voice my opinion on the #SNL ISIS skit. Absolutely hell no, under any circumstance. Poor poor taste,” said@mlyle2in his tweet.

Many thought the joke was in poor taste given the Islamic State’s ongoing massacres of innocents.

“#SNL makes #ISIS look funny. Easy to do living on Park Ave protected by NYPD & FBI. Christians being slaughtered in Middle East not laughing,” @VermontAttorney wrote.

Not everyone was offended, however.

Arsenio Hall was a fan.

“ISIS: We’ll take it from here dad! #snl #hilarious,” he tweeted.

Another user, Katherine Morrison agreed.

“Seriously? SNL is being criticized for mocking Isis, and the people who join it? There’s no group more deserving of ridicule. Thumbs up,” she tweeted.

 

BY,ALEJANDRO ALBA

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