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"Saturday Night Live" Needs to Stop Inviting Problematic People on Their Show

Nikki Haley's appearance in the latest SNL episode's cold open is the most recent string of the show's enabling of problematic personalities

By Clyde E. DawkinsPublished 27 days ago 3 min read

So tonight, SNL decided it would be a brilliant idea to have Republican presidential nominee Nikki Haley on their show during the cold open...on the first Saturday of February...which is Black History Month. Great.

The cold open sketch decided to take more shots at Trump, because, well, he has it coming, but lo and behold, we see Nikki Haley on there. I had to do a double take when I saw her. After all, this was the same woman who said that America "has never been a racist country," and when she was asked about what caused the Civil War, she mentioned everything except the main cause and problem: slavery. Of course, they made fun of that last part, but still.

Sadly, Nikki Haley's appearance came a week after SNL decided to allow Justin Timberlake to spend part of his attempted comeback/apology tour as a musical guest on the episode, which was hosted by Dakota Johnson. Not only did Timberlake perform, he even appeared in the monologue and a couple of sketches. Hell, the promo for the episode focused more on Timberlake than Dakota Johnson. Of course, Timberlake is the real life villain in the "Free Britney" saga, and in the infamous "Wardrobe Malfunction," which turned 20 on Thursday. We all remember this. During the halftime performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII, Timberlake exposed Janet Jackson's breast, yet Janet got all of the blame and shame for what happened, while Timberlake wasn't even mentioned, nor did that clown step up and take any responsibility. Also, it's been revealed that Timberlake mistreated Britney Spears during their relationship, and a recent story revealed that he's basically a cultural appropriator.

Now tonight's episode had a much better musical guest in the form of Jennifer Lopez. I was really looking for JLo to appear in sketches; after all, she's an acclaimed actress as well as a singer. You know how many sketches JLo was in? Zero. Let me see if I have this right. You allow a toxic prick like Timberlake to appear in the monologue and some sketches, but all JLo does is perform and sing and has no sketches of her own?! And it's getting worse! It was announced that SNL's next new episode will air on February 24, and their host will be Shane Gillis, who was part of the show for a cup of coffee until he was fired for racist and homophobic comments in his "comedy." And of course, like a lot of racists, Gillis gave the whole "misquoted" and "blown out of context" excuse. But SNL's drinking it up!

SNL, I beg you, stop enabling problematic people!!! This isn't new! Remember: SNL has had Donald Trump and Elon Musk host before, so it's no shock that SNL would actually allow the most problematic and toxic people on their show. And to be honest, there's some racism in this as well. A long time ago, Martin Lawrence was banned from SNL for some inappropriate jokes centering on feminine hygiene. That was in 1994. 30 years have passed, and despite the fact that he's done a lot of big things since then, the ban hasn't been removed. Yet look at who SNL's allowing to appear on their show. Yet another thing that proves that "cancel culture" is fake, it's a myth, and it's an excuse to avoid accountability. I truly think Saturday Night Live needs to reconsider their plans to have Shane Gillis host on February 24. They have three weeks to do it. Sadly, they won't. The most problematic White people get so many chances, but if you're Black, it's one strike and you're out.

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Clyde E. Dawkins

I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also into film and TV, especially Simpsons and Family Guy.

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  • Mariann Carroll9 days ago

    Nikki Haley is not a smart cookie when it comes to the history of our country because of her own shelter life. Maybe she can learn by rubbing elbows with the right people. Since the former writers of SNL have retired the show spirit is not the same for sure. The spirit of the former Republican Party seem to be disappearing. That’s the real true Republicans are retiring because they do not like what is going on in their own party sadly

  • Philip Gipson26 days ago

    Late-night TV in general just isn't what it used to be, and SNL is no exception. It's all about chasing clout now, not entertaining viewers.

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