Viewers shred “awful” Saturday Night Live, accuse show of political bias

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A recent controversial sketch on Saturday Night Live went viral across Twitter last weekend.

The primetime comedy show has often been accused, mostly by Conservative thinkers, as openly holding a liberal bias in its programming. A Hollywood Reporter & Morning Consult poll found that 39% of viewers in 2019 believed the show was “too political”.

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This weekend, Saturday Night Live’s Molly Kearney took on Republicans at the helm of banning gender-affirming care for minors across the United States. Ten states have either banned or limited the ability for minors to use puberty blockers or undergo transition surgery.

Governors such as Brad Little have defended their legislative agendas claiming to “protect children with gender dysphoria” from procedures allegedly causing “permanent damage”.

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Similar bills in motion would allow minors to undergo medical interventions without parental consent.

Users on Twitter clearly see these new reforms as a partisan issue, accusing Saturday Night Live of openly siding with those in opposition to the various forms of legislation sweeping the country.

“For some reason, there’s something about the word ‘trans’ that makes people forget the word ‘kids'”, Kearney said this weekend.

“If you don’t care about trans kids’ lives, that means you don’t frickin’ care about kids’ lives.”

A large wave of online viewers has responded to SNL’s recent segment in fury, claiming the show is loosing its comedic touch.

“Downright awful”

“They’ve stopped pretending to be entertainment, and become straight out propagandists,” one user wrote in response.

“This is so bad. Like downright awful,” another reacted.

Viewers appear worried Saturday Night Live will now act as a political vessel, solely channelling particular political views and steering further away from its comedic objectives.

Similar criticisms have been made of today’s late-night hosts who now focus far more on political commentary in comparison to past hosts such as Letterman or Conan.

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