‘SNL’ befriended Congress due to lack of social media knowledge
“Saturday Night Live” toasted AARP-era convention as it ponders regulating Facebook after claiming it promotes and encourages division and harms teenagers’ self-esteem.
The show opened with a parody of C-SPAN coverage of the testimony of former Facebook employee Frances Haugen before the Senate earlier this week. Haugen, played by Heidi Gardner, thanked the senators for inviting them to Capitol Hill and said, “It’s nice to be in an office without skateboards.”
Senator John Kennedy (Kyle Mooney) got straight to the point and said, “This so-called algorithm – I just want to clarify a few points: Where is it? Do you have it with you now? “
He said computer algorithms are everywhere, including cell phones, and Kennedy, begging to disagree, held up his clamshell phone and announced that he can only call his son or the hospital.
Senator Ted Cruz, played by Aidy Bryant, expressed concern about online bullying.
He said he saw Facebook groups with names like “Ted Cruz sucks or Ted Cruz is the real Zodiac Killer”. He argued that they should be flagged as misinformation. But he is immediately informed that “Ted Cruz sucks” is not misinformation.
Senator Cory Booker (Chris Redd) took the moment to explain, “Rosario Dawson.
“My question is,” he said, “does that make sense?”
Senator Lindsey Graham (James Austin Johnson) asked, “If you open an incognito window on Google, does that prevent God from seeing what you are doing?”
The cold opening ended with the introduction of “OG Social Media King” – 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 members and even rip “SNL” by stating that her social media followers are many times bigger than the show’s viewership.
“Tonight is just a cool, intimate night for me,” she said.
Kardashian West said she was proud to have made a fortune and no one could call her a gold digger. She said she wasn’t sure what a gold digger is, so she asked her mother’s friend, Corey Gamble.
Kardashian West credits her family’s relationship with OJ Simpson (her late father Robert was his lawyer) for introducing them to black Americans. “OJ leaves a mark,” she said.
She praised her mother, Kris Jenner, for giving her children “K” names, but Karen avoided what is sometimes used to describe white women exercising privileges over people of color.
“Somehow, she just knew,” said Kardashian West. “I don’t know how she saw this coming and not Caitlyn.”
She eventually slapped former presidential candidate Kanye West, whom she is divorcing, while unleashing a second blow to Caitlyn Jenner, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in California’s September gubernatorial election.
“I’m not running for president,” she said. “We cannot have three failed politicians in one family.”
The Weekend Update news segment made Facebook even more grilled, saying the argument that the social media giant had made a bad impact on America was one of the few things that Democrats and Republicans seem to have agreed on lately are.
When a photo of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg surfaced, co-host Colin Jost said, “This week we found out that sometimes a guy in a hoodie can actually be dangerous.”
Jost said he went to college with Zuckerberg, who created the precursor to Facebook while studying at Harvard University, and he expressed his shame about it.
“I feel terrible,” said Jost. “Sometimes I wish I had a time machine.”
He said he would go back to college and confront Zuckerberg, “Hey man, can I be part of your company?”
Host colleague Michael Che noted that it was a bad week for Facebook, hit by a major outage that also affected Instagram and WhatsApp.
“This week, Instagram was offline for a full day, which forced many Instagram addicts to spend their time on Twitter, TikTok, or hosting ‘SNL.”