NBC’s Saturday Night Live is an equal-opportunity political mocker — even if it doesn’t always want to be.
That’s the upshot of a heated conversation Monday on Twitter that involved Alec Baldwin — a frequent host and longtime friend of SNL, as well as its current Donald Trump impressionist — tweeting that network executives “kill” any attempt on the show’s part to sway voters.
How naive you are, @DPD_
SNL tell people who to vote for?
Don't think that doesn't cross their mind.
But NBC execs kill that
— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) November 14, 2016
Baldwin was responding to Time television critic Daniel D’Addario, who on Sunday criticized the late night, sketch-comedy series for lacking “courage or decisiveness” throughout the contentious presidential election cycle. D’Addario’s comments were sparked by Saturday’s episode, the cold open of which featured Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton accompanying herself on piano as she sang “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen, who’d passed away the day before.
At the end of the song, McKinnon turned to address the camera (and audience) directly: “I’m not giving up, and neither should you.”
TVLine hears that SNL, which has been nonpartisan since its 1975 premiere, continues to be so.
All of this has us wondering: Should the pop- and political-culture-skewering comedy take a stand on political candidates and/or issues? Weigh in via the poll below, then hit the comments to expand upon your thoughts!