Two months ago, Saturday Night Live sparked outrage with their parody Toyota commercial of a father bringing his daughter to join ISIS. The comedy show took on another hot topic with last week’s attack of Prophet Muhammad art exhibit cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.
The edgy comedy skit had two couples as well as celebrities Reginald VelJohnson (Kenan Thompson) and Rosie Perez play a Pictionary-like game show called “Picture Perfect.” The first couple must draw clues to get their spouse or their celebrity teammate guess the movie Gone Girl. They easily guess the film. The second couple have a little bit tougher task of having to draw their subject, the Prophet Muhammad. The husband, Bobby Moynihan, is stupefied on how to go about this task without being disrespectful and threatening his own life even though the prize is $1 million. He hands over the marker to Carl Winslow from Family Matters, and he too can not force himself to do the drawing considering the fate that others have faced after doing so.
The wife, played by Reese Witherspoon, manages to guess the topic based on their refusal to draw and the pure fear on their faces, plus the “Draw Muhammad” competition by activist Pamela Geller has been in the headlines recently.
While some applauded the skit, others said the sketch was offensive. A few said it was in poor taste since because of the controversial subject and since both attackers at the event, Nadir Soofi and Elton Simpson, were killed.
What do you think, did SNL go too far?