Lauren Boebert, Saturday Night Live Sketch Triggers Representative
Colorado’s Lauren Boebert made a big splash on TV over the weekend when she was parodied on the cold opening of a long-running comedy Saturday Night Live. And to use the popular language of its own: the delicate Boebert snowflake has gone off.
The skit wasn’t all about Boebert – which may have been one of the things that upset her, as publicity may be the only clear focus of Boebert’s congressional career so far. It was folded into a high-profile piece focused on “A Holiday Message from Dr Anthony Fauci” and parodied not only Boebert and girlfriend (and fellow US Representative) Marjorie Taylor Greene, but also Senator Ted Cruz, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his former brother Chris Cuomo; and CDC employees covering a wide range of ridiculous misconceptions about vaccines. Boebert’s segment was 44 seconds long, starting at the 4:12 mark on the video below.
The audience loved it, although they didn’t seem to know who the hell Lauren Boebert was at first, perhaps proving that Boebert has a long way to go before he can compete with Marjorie Taylor Greene’s inherent batshit madman. SNLCecily Strong played Greene and got what was probably the best joke of the short game: âFirst they said the stops were until they found a vaccine. Then they found a vaccine. and said it worked. Then they said everyone should get it. Then people got it and it saved their lives. If it’s not communism, then honey, I maybe don’t know what communism is. ”
But as Boebert, Chloe Fineman got the last line in their segment: “So Merry Christmas, and remember: guns don’t kill people – people people people.”
While Boebert has operated under the maxim “all the press is good press” since the start of her political career, she is always ready to target her critics. And she wasn’t subtle in expressing her displeasure with SNL via Twitter.
So much to unpack here. Her shotgun insult response itself is remarkable, as it insults the series, calling it “poorly played” and missing the fact that part of the joke for almost half of the sketch was about “the nerds. of the CDC “in a terrible college-drunkard- conduct PSA sort of stage sketches. And ooh, that second paragraph, full of stab wounds that just go nowhere. First, she resorts to the “bad trigger discipline” line that so many of her followers joked about when talking about her heavily armed Christmas card. Then a bash on the SNL performer Fineman – sort of irony, considering that Boebert herself recently desperately wanted to try her luck in the entertainment world with her modeling account on exploretalent.com – followed by another hit on Alec Baldwin, one of his favorites. human targets.
And then finally, a volley of two hits to both SNL and CNN. It all comes across as mean and vindictive, not to mention politically reckless, at least for America which demanded a certain level of apparent integrity and serious behavior from its elected officials. If nothing else, it could prove that Boebert is not operating his Twitter account. This tweet is all Boebert.
And that wasn’t the last either: Boebert loves doubling down on errors in judgment, and so a few minutes later she thought of another worthy zinger of what is arguably Rifle’s version of the Algonquin Roundtable. there at Shooters Grill every morning.
Immature? Of course, but points for consistency. Was it some kind of response to the discussion that she and her Jayson, husband exposing the penis were talking about Sunday mornings around fancy waffles shaped like shooting targets? Perhaps, because Boebert’s second misguided response to being parodied on national television seems to respond to a comment about the far right in need of its own comedy show. So she attacks CNN and puts MSNBC in the mix just for good measure, making no real point other than to underline her frustration.
Parody is, of course, the reflection of real actions; SNL can’t laugh at something that doesn’t exist. There was a reason why Dana Carvey’s identity theft of Bush Sr. became one of the highlights of this era; and Tina Fey’s precise and delightfully empty take on Sarah Palin may well have made a serious difference in the 2008 presidential election. Satire is not random; it is based on public perceptions of a recognized truth. Most of the great political figures of the last half-century have been the target of SNL satire, sometimes very intentionally, and sometimes with great political effect. There is a serious argument to be made that Trump himself could not have reached the heights he has achieved without both. SNL (he hosted in 2015) and his NBC show The apprentice, both of which gave it a national platform.
So yes, to be parodied on Saturday Night Live is a double-edged sword: more people pay attention to you, and more of them think you’re a jerk. It must be hard for Boebert to come to terms with that when she isn’t doing a racist and terrible stand-up in front of her base of adoration, race bait and ammo worship which is trained to drink in cruelty like Kool-Aid is a joke that only lasts about 40 seconds.
The trick is this, Rep. Boebert: What if you don’t want to be portrayed as a mere empty gun fetishist smile in a leopard-print Santa hat? Be more than that.