By: Henry Eden ~Staff Writer~
I love Saturday Night Live (SNL). It is one of my favorite things. It has been a long time since I first watched the show with my parents. They never really bothered to fight me much on what I watched growing up. As I made my way through high school, my friends and I were perfectly content to spend our weekends idiotically watching and re-watching the same sketches. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to end up on that stage someday.
SNL is one of the most successful shows in the history of network television. It is currently running in its 41st season. It has been a breeding ground for some of the world’s greatest comedians since Chevy Chase and John Belushi got their start on its stage. This show was once the home of greats like Eddie Murphy and Bill Murray. Last weekend, it was home to Donald Trump.
I dislike Donald Trump quite a bit. I don’t care for how arrogant he is. He is reckless in what he says and doesn’t feel the need to address the possible consequences of his ideas or his statements. I think that he is a bad look for America, even for a politician. It frustrates me to think that in little more than a year, he could stand on the steps of the capitol building and be sworn in as the President of the United States.
I could say a lot about what Donald Trump did on that stage, because it was bad. From what I saw, this particular episode was terrible. Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t uncharted waters. Most of the people who host SNL aren’t funny. Athletes, politicians and rappers are not comedians. The Reverend Al Sharpton is not a comedian. Donald Trump is not a comedian. He did a terrible job of hosting this show. He has now been the focus of two of the worst episodes in the long tradition of the show. I don’t think he cares at all.
I could easily choose to just discard this moment in the show’s history from my memory. But for fans of the show, whether you’re simply casual or bordering on religious, I actually think that this entire situation is fascinating. Politics are changing, and what Trump did this weekend exemplifies that in a big way. The candidates in this election seem to be shirking the idea that they need to keep their noses entirely clean.
Our generation adores oddities, goofiness and self-deprecating humor. Maybe this is a new way to relate to the American people. After all, the man chose to participate in a show that featured a sketch with a fake campaign ad consisting of former porn stars who are just drunk enough to start calling him “Tramp”. Maybe it’s not the worst idea. It kind of made me like him more.