13 Controversial Saturday Night Live Sketches We Forgot About

13 Controversial Saturday Night Live Sketches We Forgot About

Saturday Night Live (SNL) has been a cultural staple for even more than four decades. The show has also provided numerous classic comedic moments as well as summed up the popular culture mood along the way. Coneheads, Wayne's World, Superstar Jeopardy, Those Californians, and MacGruber are just a few examples of the parade of hits that the show is responsible for, despite all the hate it gets. 

However, SNL, which airs live every week, has had its fair share of controversies, critics and scandals over the years. Several of these have become national and international news stories. SNL has had plenty of problematic moments since its first broadcast in 1975, whether it was the loss of a famous member of the cast, the shenanigans of a guest host, or the terrible behavior of a musical act.

Sure, it's part of comedy's duty to push the envelope, but you're not supposed to tear it up and shove it in a shredder. Which is exactly what these sketches did, metaphorically:

Curious? Bring a hot wings bucket with a chill glass of coke and explore!

Mike Myers and Dana Carvey

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM SNL AIRED A SKETCH THAT HAD A JOKE ABOUT CHELSEA CLINTON, AND HAD TO APOLOGIZE. It aired when Bill Clinton was in the White House, and the joke was Chelsea... well, she's a babe in development. Mike Myers and Dana Carvey (who had performed the sketch), and Lorne Michaels, all apologized to the White House.


Canteen Boy

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM IN 1994, THERE WAS AN SNL SKETCH THAT KIND OF MADE LIGHT OF PEDOPHILIA. At least that's what some people alleged - Canteen Boy was about a scoutmasters coming on to a Boy Scout who's supposed to be an adult, but that wasn't made 100% clear, and controversy ensued.


Christoph Waltz

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM WHEN DJANGO UNCHAINED CAME OUT, SNL AIRED A SKETCH CALLED DJESUS UNCROSSED. Christoph Waltz himself played Our Lord and Savior, and the sketch wasn't too warmly greeted - for one, Sears pulled their advertising.


Dakota Johnson

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM IN 2015, SNL AIRED A SKETCH THAT SHOWED A DAD SEEING HIS DAUGHTER OFF TO JOIN ISIS. It was a parody of a Super Bowl ad where a dad sees his daughter off to join his army, and it got some people in an absolute uproar (especially as it featured a person saying on-screen Death to America).



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM SNL AIRED A SKETCH ABOUT TIGER WOODS GETTING ATTACKED BY HIS WIFE. Help The problem? It was seen as making light of domestic violence, as Rihanna -who had been in the news recently after being assaulted by then-BF Chris Brown - was the musical guest.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM SNL'S NUDE BEACH SKETCH HAD MATTHEW BRODERICK SAY PENIS OVER 40 TIMES. And that made people really, really angry, apparently-the SNL team thought it'd piss people off, and they were proven right.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM IN 2000, JIMMY FALLON WORE BLACKFACE TO IMPERSONATE CHRIS ROCK ON SNL. Не apologized in 2020, saying In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this.


Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley

COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM IN THE '90S, SNL AIRED A SKETCHTHAT KIND OF SHADED INTO BODY SHAMING. It was a Chippendales audition sketch that starred Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley, both shirtless, and Farley getting called fat and disgusting at the end - apparently, that sketch really fed into his insecurities.



COMEDY NERD CRACKED.COM IN THE 1970S, SNL AIRED AN EPISODE WHERE CHEVY CHASE SAID THE N-WORD ON AIR. It was part of a sketch where he and Richard Pryor, in-character, were supposed to say whatever came to their mind - but it hasn't exactly aged well at all.



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