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Hypocrisy pisses me off

A few days ago, I embedded a video from Saturday Night Live, using NBC’s own Hulu website. This was a skit that made light of the “victims” of sub-prime mortgages and made fun of a very liberal couple named the Sandlers and a large contributor to the Democratic party, George Soros, along with mocking Barney Frank and Bush as well.

This skit has been pulled from every site where it was posted. All comments inquiring as to the reason for it being pulled have been deleted.

No explanation has been given by NBC at all. They’re just trying to pretend like the clip never existed. This makes it seem like there was pressure put on the Democratic party by the Sandlers and Soros, who then put pressure on NBC to remove the clip. That’s the only reason I can think of to pull a clip like this.

And that’s fucking repugnant. Everybody in the public eye is fair game under parody and satire, and if SNL can reap huge ratings from hilarious skits that make fun of Palin and McCain, they should be able to put up equally hilarious skits making fun of Democrats.

This just makes NBC look like a bully against the Republican party and affects any ability they have to appear balanced or objective.

I’m pretty disgusted with them right now.

Updated: 8:50 AM – Apparently, NBC has now rereleased the video, but removed the caption that originally displayed when the Sandlers were shown, which said “People who should be shot.” Maybe this was just a legal issue after all. If that’s the case, I retract my statement!


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40 Replies to “Hypocrisy pisses me off”

  1. Amber

    I was wondering about that. I looked up those videos on Youtube the other night and got those same messages.

    This is absolute bullshit.

    Anyone remember reading 1984 by George Orwell, anyone???

    Getting some creepy deja vu moments lately with that…

  2. B.E. Earl

    Yeah, I don’t think it was because they made fun of Democrats. It is being guessed around town that the spot was pulled because of the “People Who Should Be Shot” tagline under those Democrats. God forbid someone actually goes out and, ya know…shoots someone because of this.

    Anyway, that’s what I believe.

  3. whall

    This reminds me that I heard ALL ABOUT McCain pulling his campaign out of Michigan over and over on the news….

    and then I don’t hear until Dick Morris mentions on O’Reilly Factor that, well, Obama pulled out of more than one state, and… hmm, the news has been crickets on it.

    The only thing I can think of is that CNN, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc wants to put forward the idea that McCain is losing or is giving up. Maybe Michigan is more important than the other states and it makes it newsworthy.

    All I know is… a lot of you remember 9/11.

  4. ACG

    NBC (and some other networks) is pretty notorious for pulling NBC owned clips off non-NBC sites very aggressively. It’s been across the board for years – not just “controversial” things, but anything owned by NBC.

  5. Clown

    For how stupid americans are I have no problem with NBC taking down the clip for some edits. I watched the new and it’s still just as harsh against all of those people.

    NBC’s failure to explain the situation sooner just led to lots of assumptions and overreactions.

    Your country sucks.

  6. shiny

    I actually liked this skit — Fred Armisen does a great Barney Frank. And I felt that it was an equal opportunity offender — putting the blame on all sides of the issue: supbrime borrowers, Republicans, Democrats, foreign investors, and people who are so incredibly out of touch with reality where it comes to money.

    The “people who should be shot” was harsh when it aired. That was poor judgment. I’m glad that the sketch is back up online, but I wish that NBC just admitted that they fucked up in that decision and moved on from there. We’re a forgiving nation of couch potatoes; if we weren’t, SNL wouldn’t have lasted through the Charles Rocket era.

  7. NYCWD

    That really doesn’t make much sense. Was there some sort of public outcry or something?

    That does seem like hypocrisy in action… and makes you wonder if there is any truth behind the “liberal” media accusations.

  8. Grant

    Remember when we used to comment and you would come back and say something witty to us? I miss those days. I have a great comment that is hilarious and includes an embedded link to J-porn and has the secret to world peace as a bonus, but I’m holding it hostage until you return. Whining about how you have a real life that doesn’t include us will not be counted.

  9. Sheila (Charm School Reject)

    Taking the “People Who Should Be Shot” caption off is probably NBC’s way of trying to justify why they had to pull the clip – SNL has, at many times, crossed the line between funny and offensive. The show was made famous for their off-color jokes and for being the least politically correct show ever (besides, of course, Bill Mauer).

    Why NBC should start caring now is beyond me.

  10. Elizabeth

    It doesn’t make any sense to me at all. SNL has always put on skits that could possibly offensive to anyone. Why pull something just because it may have offended someone?

    I don’t see how the caption could have broken any laws. They must have gotten a flood of calls from Democratic politicians complaining about it, and didn’t want to look bad.

    Sometimes I really have to wonder about the supposed freedom of speech that we have here. Every once in a while something like this will happen and make me question our American rights.

  11. Elizabeth

    For how stupid americans are I have no problem with NBC taking down the clip for some edits. I watched the new and it’s still just as harsh against all of those people.

    NBC’s failure to explain the situation sooner just led to lots of assumptions and overreactions.

    Your country sucks.

    If you’re going to say that Americans are stupid and our country sucks, you should probably attempt to list some reasons. I’m sure your country isn’t much better, unless you live in an alternate universe or run your own country.

  12. Elizabeth

    For how stupid americans are I have no problem with NBC taking down the clip for some edits. I watched the new and it’s still just as harsh against all of those people.

    NBC’s failure to explain the situation sooner just led to lots of assumptions and overreactions.

    Your country sucks.

    If you’re going to say that Americans are stupid and our country sucks, you should probably attempt to list some reasons. I’m sure your country isn’t much better, unless you live in an alternate universe or run your own country.

  13. shiny

    @Elizabeth — I can’t speak for the suckage of the entire country, but NBC seems to get a whole hell of a lot of viewers when they show “Deal or No Deal.” That speaks volumes to me about some of the folks who live here in America. 🙂

  14. Mrs. Kitty

    Hi, first time commentor, a few times listener……er, reader (already have you in my reader). Found you from Maria’s place. Anyhoo….. I thought that clip you posted a couple of days ago was one of the funniest things ever. Although, I have to admit that Tina Fey does one helluva Palin.

    It pisses me off to no end that most of the media is biased. When did “news” have a side?

  15. Ginger

    I think it is ridiculous for NBC to pull the embeds anyway (which they tend to do frequently)…when their product is getting out for the masses to see, those who are distributing it are simply promoting their product for free…which is a win for them!

    At least that’s how I see it.

  16. Solanaceae

    I don’t think I have ever commented here. And I do take your site with a grain of salt because sometimes it is funny so please don’t think I am being an ass by leaving this comment. It’s entirely possible it was edited for a different reason, a reason most people wouldn’t understand or know about. In the past month there have been 2 publisized (we don’t know how many more that didn’t get any media attention but we know there were more*) suicides by gun by real honest to god victims (not like the characters on SNL -which IMHO were incredibly offensive to people who are actually, you know, victims) of the mortgage mess. It’s possible NBC doesn’t want to get pinched (ala Beavis & Butthead or South Park or whatever other cartoon or video game got sued for giving a kid an idea) giving the next guy the idea to turn the gun on someone else by indicating they had something to do with the mortgage mess in this country.
    *I know this because it’s personal to me, we have been in litigation since 2002 over an illegal foreclosure attemtp on our home.

  17. Mortgage Modification Agreement

    A) If this was the UK or anywhere in Europe there wouldn’t be a problem with the skit
    B) What happened to freedom of speech? Watching this kind of stuff kind of makes your forget how crappy the economy or your life might be. Yes maybe the title should have been changed but it is some good writing.
    C)Palin made fun of herself on SNL when she was a guest. That was the funniest stuff I had ever seen with Amy Poehler really pregnant singing the song.

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