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SNL's Paterson Parody… Funny or Crossing The Line?

by on December 16, 2008

Here’s the skit.

http://widgets.nbc.com/o/4727a250e66f9723/49484bd6cbc9eb75/4947b3e7536083d7/702ba8f0/-cpid/513f79cdf9779d27

In my opinion, the skit itself isn’t very funny. That said, I think Governor Paterson is being over-sensitive about it.

Paterson and advocates for the visually impaired didn’t appreciate stock blind jokes that had Armisen pretending to be disoriented and wandering aimlessly.

“I can take a joke,” Paterson told reporters.

But he called the SNL spoof a “third-grade depiction of people and the way they look” that could lead others to believe that “disability goes hand-in-hand with an inability to run a government or business.”

Now, I saw the skit just before blogging this… I didn’t find it to be any more insulting to Paterson than Saturday Night Live is to anyone else they mock.

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2 Comments
  1. buffaloshark permalink

    I was going to defend Patterson and say SNL crossed the line. Until his tax like mad plan came out
    screw him. he’s another tax and spend dimocrap

  2. I agree that SNL crossed the line. Across the country, who knows David Paterson? No Stevie Wonder, he. This was all about making fun of a guy because he’s blind.

    Like Shark above, I’m not a Paterson guy and I think his budget is both cowardly (for failing to make tough choices) and wrong-headed (relying on higher taxes when our economy is tanking).

    But I am also tired of these serious problems being reduced to sophomoric humor.

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