Heroin AM – SNL… We Are Not Amused

by Screedler on April 18, 2016

Did SNL go too far this week with this Heroin parody ad?  The Washingington Post and it’s readers thought so – https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2016/04/17/snl-tried-to-joke-about-the-heroin-epidemic-in-america-america-didnt-laugh/

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1 Gayle May 23, 2016 at 4:56 pm

I am sending my care about Jason’s Journey, and I hope that Jason gets all the help needed with his brother. I will say that Dr. Phil will definitely get this man and brother back to real life. I trust Dr. Phil can make miracles for many that attended the event.

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2 Mark April 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm

I don’t think I understand it.

Bayer originally made Heroin to cure America’s morphine problem. Of course it worked wonders, who needs morphine when you can have heroin that is as much as 100x stronger.

So, were they trying to say that big pharma along with far too many doctors are getting us strung out?
(If I am not mistaken prescription medications kills more people now than all other illegal drugs put together.)

Do they mean that life in America is so bad that people need to be medicated just to get through the day?
(I mean, America has been brutally hard on its middle class.)

Are they saying that America takes so much medication (legal and illegal), that our tolerance is so high, that only Heroin is strong enough to give us a bump?

One thing is for sure, if they wanted to get a discussion about drugs going. They succeeded. And they put Heroin, America’s biggest drug problem right now, front and center in the conversation.

One last thought.
Parody has long been a political tool. It might have been meant to say something about what types of people are prosecuted for drug crimes in America. This shows affluent white people using powerful drugs in broad daylight while other people who are not so white are hunted down for desperately abusing their drugs in secret.

I do not think SNL would do this just to be sensational and get more viewers.

I think I would like to know who wrote this skit before I judge. The writers background might tell us a lot.

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