Saturday Night Live isn’t the only TV show that has depicted corruption in the Baltimore Police Department — you may have heard of The Wire — but a recent sketch has been deemed dangerously unfunny by the head of the city’s local police union.
Lt. Gene S. Ryan, president of Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3, sent a formal complaint to SNL honcho Lorne Michaels about Saturday’s sketch “Thirsty Cops,” showing female officers (portrayed by Leslie Jones, Ego Nwodim, and Kate McKinnon) making sexual advances toward a man (host Seth Meyers) they have pulled over. In it, they sexually harass the driver, having him bend over while they catcall him.
We have sent the following letter to Mr. Lorne Michaels, producer of Saturday Night Live, on behalf of our members. pic.twitter.com/sceWejrLJI
— Baltimore City FOP (@FOP3) October 17, 2018
In the sketch, written by Baltimore native Nwodim, they are wearing
Baltimore Police Department badges, and Ryan objected to what he called a “distorted representation.” “The Baltimore Police Department is currently a very beleaguered agency in the throes of massive amounts of criticism and disrespect,” Ryan wrote. “Many of our members, especially our young ones, are struggling with their choice of career, and we are losing good and credible members daily. It is a difficult time in Baltimore, and to portray our brave, hard-working members with such an inappropriate manner is very unfortunate.”
The letter also said, “The Baltimore patches that were attached to the shirts of your cast are worn by each and every member of our agency during their careers. They are worn with extreme pride because, to us, they represent the best that law enforcement has to offer.”
After the skit aired, Jones gave a shout-out to Nwodim, a newbie on the show, making it clear she thought the sketch was great.
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) October 14, 2018
While a rep for SNL declined to comment for this story, the internet had a lot to say. Most of it was critical of the lengthy letter, at a time when among all major cities in the United States, Baltimore has the highest homicide rate. The department has not been able to find a candidate to become its police commissioner. Freddie Gray’s death also continues to make headlines.
Don't you have more pressing issues? Thanks for your attention. Sincerely, a Baltimore resident
— agileborgi (@agileborgi) October 17, 2018
Explain to me how you guys are, at the same time, tough enough to wrangle our wild streets and keep my family safe, and delicate enough to be 2 PAGES worth of bothered by THAT SKETCH?
Does the Fraternal Order get migraines if they even try to keep their eye on the ball?
— SimoHayha (@demsfightnwords) October 17, 2018
@JSS98Rock so I just heard the SNL skit. Doesn't the Police Department have better things to worry about? Like locking in a new Boss? Just an observation -Jack from Baltimore
— Jack O' Lantern (@UberCoco) October 18, 2018
Boo hoo. Get your house in order and own up to the mistakes and corruption. And the lives that Baltimore Police have ruined in the name of the blue wall. The department doesn’t deserve the respect you think. This type of tone deaf crap is infuriating.
— AndreaDB (@AndreaDB50) October 18, 2018
Y’all should be more concerned about WHY SNL did a skit.
— Winjennster says ❤️ REGISTER TO F**CKING VOTE ❤️ (@WinJennster) October 18, 2018
So many things in this city that need attention and you’re going after SNL? Priorities.
— VizualCriminal (@ChristaLeeGee) October 18, 2018
Alexa play “Cry Me A River”……
— Miss Valdosta Feed & Grain (@ValdostaMiss) October 18, 2018
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