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“SNL” Faces Backlash Over ISIS Sketch

Saturday Night Live” is in hot water over a sketch that went way darker than “Fifty Shades of Grey” could even dream of.

“Fifty Shades” star Dakota Johnson made her “SNL” hosting debut on the most recent episode, and a sketch innocuously titled “Father Daughter Ad” is drawing some raised eyebrows.

The two-minute sketch features a dad dropping his daughter off after her graduation from high school, and after an emotional goodbye, she goes off to join ISIS.

“Dad, it’s just ISIS,” Johnson’s character jokes, before getting in their truck.

The bit seems to be a reaction to reports that the group appears to be recruiting young women to join them.

Following a backlash on social media, Taran Killam, who appeared as Johnson’s father in the clip, responded to the criticism with a tweet reading, “Proud of this. Freedom to mock is our greatest weapon. Thanks to the writers who asked not to be mentioned by name.”

Did the “SNL” sketch go too far? Watch the clip for yourself and weigh in below!


Troy Frisby is a pop culture writer who is obsessed with anything even remotely related to TV (anything with a script), pop music (anything with a beat) and Rose McGowan (no exceptions).